People who like flowers fertilize and water their gardens. People who treasure history preserve antiques and historical sites. And you love your BMW. What should you do to keep it in top shape and on the road for years to come? First, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Second, rely on the experts at German Auto Repair in Watertown, Connecticut, for all your service and maintenance needs.

Manufacturer’s Recommendations

As with any vehicle, if you own a BMW, you should consult your owner’s manual to ensure that you are following the manufacturer’s recommendations for service and maintenance. The manual that accompanies each model will have all the specifics for your particular car, including the suggested service schedule, the types of oil and fluids you should purchase, and other tips for keeping your luxury performance vehicle in optimal condition. Beyond the specifics for each model, there are some generalities common to BMW maintenance. First, make sure you understand what services are and are not provided with your new car purchase. BMW has an Ultimate Care Program for model years 2017 and newer that is in effect for 3 years or 36,000 miles. However, this does not cover “wear and tear” replacements, nor does it cover models prior to 2017 or vehicles that have exceeded limits. (They also offer a 4 year/50,000 mile warranty which includes service reminders and roadside assistance, and you have the option to purchase a longer maintenance package.) Therefore, second, you need to have a general idea of the recommended maintenance schedule for BMW’s. Each vehicle is equipped with a Condition Based Service (CBS) system. Sensors monitor not only mileage, but also other factors such as engine load and driving conditions. Generally, BMW recommends routine services be performed in 10,000 mile increments. For example, oil, oil filter, and coolant should be changed every 10,000 miles or once per year, whichever comes first, unless the CBS displays the indication that your car needs checking sooner. Fuel filters are typically changed around 20,000 to 40,000 miles, and spark plugs need replacing at about 60,000 miles. Brake fluid should be changed for the first time at 30,000 miles. Thereafter, it needs changing only every 60,000 miles.

Local Service

Regardless of the year or model BMW you drive, German Auto Repair, your hometown import mechanical facility, is here to help you keep your car running well. Our experts understand what your luxury import needs, and we can help you maintain the recommended service schedule as well as make needed repairs when the time comes. We know you love your car, and we want to help you keep that feeling for a long time.