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post #1 of 5 Old Aug 7th, 2007, 9:09 am Thread Starter
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BMW maintenance plan for cars vs bikes

I have recently seen ads on TV for BMW car maintenance where BMW will take care of ALL maintenance for cars for like 4 yrs/50K miles. Why can't they do that for the bikes too? Seems like it would sell more bikes. I'm sure they'd add on to the price though, to an already over-priced product (that's my opinion, but I think ALL new vehicles are over-priced).

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Why can't they do that for the bikes too? Seems like it would sell more bikes.
From what I've read, there is a huge chasm between the auto maker known as BMW and our beloved BMW Motorrad. Don't ever confuse the two.

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Audi has a similar plan for their cars, as does Mercedes - except for the C class (entry level) - and that maintenance cost is included in the purchase price.

What I like about such a plan is that you know exactly what the car will cost you monthly for the first 4 years. That is also a great incentive to lease vs. purchase as your typical lease period benefits from the warranty and maintenance program. When all this expires it is time to return the vehicle and get a new one. My previous Audi did cost me a fortune in repairs after the 3 year warranty expired (I bought it used in the first place).
With that reasoning I will either get an extended for my 05 LT or sell it and get a newer bike still under warranty. German vehicles are just too darn expensive to repair.

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I think part opf the ad is that the "others" have dropped their service plan. I owned an Audi Fox. I will NEVER own another Audi, I don;t care how good/nice/fast/dependable someone may say. They are pretty to look at and I hope all that own enjoy their experience. When mine would run, it was a fun little car.

and yes I know the two companies are basically separate entities with a common name. And doubt that they ever cross paths much. but look at Suzuki's ads now, putting hte bikes and cars together. Interesting.

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It seems to me that BMW would have to completely revamp the maintenance schedule for their bikes to even consider including scheduled maintenance in the initial purchase price.

All of the newer cars use condition based, not mileage, maintenance schedules and certainly don't include replacing the spark plugs and checking the valves at 12K intervals. This has to extend out the maintenance intervals and reduce costs. The easier access to maintenance items on their cars would certainly make them less expensive to maintain when compared to the bikes.

I'm sure that BMW and the other car makers that include scheduled maintenance see a reduction in marketing costs associated with attracting new customers. Every maintenance visit is an additional selling opportunity for the dealers.

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