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      05-17-2012, 06:39 AM   #1
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Hw much does the maintenance cost?

I wonder how much does the different usual maintenance items costs in the US . For example:

- Oil and filter
- Air filter
- Differential fluid
- Brakes
- Vehicle check

I'm trying to decide on the extended maintenance program
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      05-17-2012, 09:30 AM   #2
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The general consensus is that extended maintenance isn't worth it unless you expect to get a set of front pads and rotors sometime during the maintenance period. I don't know exactly what that costs, but I think I remember reading $1200 for the fronts? If you do get a brake change during the warranty period it's still not a massive savings though, so if you're uncertain whether you will, you'd probably be better off saving your money. Extended warranty is another animal, though.
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Do you happen to know what the recommended mileage is for pads/rotors? 40k? 50k?
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Do you happen to know what the recommended mileage is for pads/rotors? 40k? 50k?
They're supposed to be given basic checks at every service appointment, but pad and rotor life probably varies more widely than any other wear item, except maybe tires. It's all about the type of driving and your style. For reference though, my car has 10K miles on it, almost all city and spirited back country road driving with 4 track days thrown in, and my front pads are at 60%. I'll be upgrading them because I got brake fade at my last event (as well as a soft pedal, which I fixed with better brake fluid), but these pads seem to last a while. If you have a fair amount of highway miles yours will probably last even longer since you don't brake nearly as much per mile on the highway compared to the type of driving I do (I'm almost never on the highway).

I think BMW tends to replace rotors every other pad swap unless the rotors have worn too thin or are warped.
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