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      11-05-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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Mods Vs. BMW warranty

When ya'll are adding all these aftermarkets...are you voiding your warranties with your dealers?
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      11-05-2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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Nope, dealership knows every mod I have. It's good to be honest, as well as know the service manager personally.
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      11-05-2008, 10:19 PM   #3
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Awesome to know!!

I will talk to them about that tomorrow when I go in for new tires.
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      11-06-2008, 01:28 AM   #4
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Nope, Dreyer and Reinbold knows every mod I have. It's good to be honest, as well as know the service manager personally.
+1 knowing the service manager makes life easy



and what i know in our place the dealers are okay with most bolt on's untill you get a ecu error
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most mods would not void your warranty. if you dont want any problems with warranty issues, dont touch stuff like the engine ecu or add superchargers/turbos or any other major engine mod.

bolt ons like exhaust system, intakes, wheels, brakes, etc should not void your warranty. just be careful of the engine mods. then again, if youre doing engine mods like a stroker kit for example, i am sure you'd already know that youre out of warranty already.
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      11-06-2008, 06:49 AM   #6
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I will talk to them about that tomorrow when I go in for new tires.
You still have to remember however that if any mod that you do does cause a problem and the dealership can prove it. They then have the option to void your warranty. I look at it this way, if you decide to mod, you also take the chance in voiding warranties.
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      11-09-2008, 05:14 AM   #7
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And some dealers are morons when you just go ask them they will say any you intall = performance it would void your warranty but when you talk to them or talk to the right people whom undersatnd stick with those guy becuase some service advisor in the agency over this reigon told a cat-back voids your warranty and i was like could i talk to some else i dont you to be my advisor.

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You still have to remember however that if any mod that you do does cause a problem and the dealership can prove it.
The dealership does not have to prove anything unless you take them to court. If they decide to void your warranty, they will. You will most likely find out when you show up to pick up your car. It is common sense that they'd give you an explanation, but that doesn't mean that they are necessarily proving anything. Check out the discussion on voided 335 warranties in the E90 forum about the turbochargers blowing up, etc.

Another thing is that the SM might say one thing when there is nothing wrong with your car and another if there is something seriously wrong. Unless you get it in writing, spoken stuff has very little value when a conflict does arise.
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The dealership does not have to prove anything unless you take them to court. If they decide to void your warranty, they will. You will most likely find out when you show up to pick up your car. It is common sense that they'd give you an explanation, but that doesn't mean that they are necessarily proving anything. Check out the discussion on voided 335 warranties in the E90 forum about the turbochargers blowing up, etc.

Another thing is that the SM might say one thing when there is nothing wrong with your car and another if there is something seriously wrong. Unless you get it in writing, spoken stuff has very little value when a conflict does arise.
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It helps to be on good terms with your service advisor(s), because ultimately it comes down to the dealer's call as to whether or not the problem will be covered under warranty, if you modded your car.

I'm on good terms with my dealer, and when I had a Mini, they even covered a problem under warranty AFTER the warranty ran out. The problem started while the car was on warranty, and was recurring even after the warranty ran out. So they offered to pay for half of the charges, as an act of "goodwill."
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The dealership does not have to prove anything unless you take them to court. If they decide to void your warranty, they will. You will most likely find out when you show up to pick up your car. It is common sense that they'd give you an explanation, but that doesn't mean that they are necessarily proving anything. Check out the discussion on voided 335 warranties in the E90 forum about the turbochargers blowing up, etc.

Another thing is that the SM might say one thing when there is nothing wrong with your car and another if there is something seriously wrong. Unless you get it in writing, spoken stuff has very little value when a conflict does arise.
I agree, but it doesn't hurt to be nice. One always takes a chance when you start modding regardless what it is. But if everybody was always in fear of modding because of warranty without any leeway then BMW would have not put up on their own website, that's showed some modded BMW's.

Once again I mod, my dealership and SM knows (they have no problem with it of as of now ), but I also take fully responsibility if it does void the warranty. You pay to play.
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      11-10-2008, 04:17 PM   #11
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The dealership does not have to prove anything unless you take them to court. If they decide to void your warranty, they will. You will most likely find out when you show up to pick up your car. It is common sense that they'd give you an explanation, but that doesn't mean that they are necessarily proving anything. Check out the discussion on voided 335 warranties in the E90 forum about the turbochargers blowing up, etc.

Another thing is that the SM might say one thing when there is nothing wrong with your car and another if there is something seriously wrong. Unless you get it in writing, spoken stuff has very little value when a conflict does arise.
if they void your warranty because of an aftermarket part but they can't prove it caused the problem then they are breaking the law, in which case you should take them to court.

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If you have an aftermarket exhaust and one of your struts fail, they can not void your suspension warranty because of the exhaust (unless you managed to damage the strut somehow during installation, etc)
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