Originally Posted by BMW-M-Mexico
Yea, dealers really suck IMO. What is it they do in the 1,200 mile service? Just change the oil and check the car?
Well, I wouldn't generalize that much. My dealer has an excellent service department. The downsides, other than the labor and expense yourself, include:
1) If a warranty issue occurs, which is likely in 4 years, you will be on the defensive to prove what you have done. You will also not have developed a relationship with a dealer where they know you and want to take care of you.
2) You will not get SW updates or be aware of some TSBs that may affect your vehicle unless you take it in.
3) I doubt the scanner you can get will be as informative as the dealer's.
A risky proposition, IMO. Yes, I do my own in-between oil changes (which will be harder now, as no dipstick hole to enable use of my MityVac.