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Preserve Your BMW With These Simple Steps

Here’s a great trivia question to ask at your next cocktail party: What does the name “BMW” stand for? If you knew that the correct answer is “Bayerische Motoren Werke AG,” you are a knowledgeable car buff – and likely prefer the more-palatable “BMW” a lot more!

According to Statistica.com, a lucky five to six percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 49 drive a BMW as their primary car. BMWs are known for their sporty ride, speedy performance and luxurious styling—and rightly so. But to maximize your BMW’s value, you need to care for your car properly and be a stickler about regular maintenance.

Almost everyone has times when they’re lax with maintenance—maybe by stretching out time between oil changes or postponing major repairs until you can better afford them. But the fact remains that the more closely you stick to BMW’s recommended maintenance schedule, the better results you will experience over the long term.

Luxury Auto Works, the self-proclaimed “#1 BMW Service and Repair Shop in Austin TX” posted a great article that includes a wealth of helpful information for BMW owners. According to these experts, you can knock 25% off your car’s expected lifetime—a good 50,000 of the its 200,000 potential miles—just by skipping maintenance or “doing it on the cheap.” Here are some tips they recommend for staying current with your car’s most important service items:

  1. Have your BMW’s engine and transmission checked a few times per year, especially if you’re already bringing your car in for other service.
  2. Have your brakes checked for wear routinely and remember to get the brake system flushed every two years or so.
  3. Keep your tires in good shape by performing pressure checks monthly and tire rotations every 3,000-6,000 miles.
  4. Flush the transmission every 50,000 miles; this may be more than what’s recommended in your service manual, but it will save you money in the long run.
  5. Change your car’s oil every 5,000 miles—perhaps a bit more often than recommended—especially if you live in a hot climate.

Here are a few other nuggets from the experts that will help keep your BMW in tip-top shape:

  1. Wax your car throughout the year to protect against rust.
  2. Park in the shade to help maintain your exterior and interior.
  3. Clean your car’s headlights regularly to ensure visibility.
  4. Do most of your short-hop driving all at once when your engine’s already warm.
  5. Avoid aggressive driving to limit your car’s wear and tear.
  6. Keep good repair and maintenance records to ensure proper care.

You may not be the type to name your car and call it your “baby,” but it’s a good idea to remember this: there is a give-and-take involved in owning a car. The better care you give your BMW today, the better it will serve you tomorrow and for thousands of miles down the road too.