Maintaining your vehicle is one of the most important aspects of trouble-free ownership.

Lake Ridge Auto BMW service in Prince William CountyAll car manufactures compete with one another to reduce the perception of the cost of ownership of new vehicles and thus service levels are reduced in order to diminish the perception of ownership cost.

Manufacturers tell you that you don't need to tune the car; that you can go up to 15,000 miles between oil changes and that your transmission, cooling and brake systems have "lifetime fluids."How do you define a lifetime of a vehicle? Manufacturers’ consider lifetime 7 - 8 years or 80,000 - 100,000 miles, whichever comes first or more importantly to them the duration of the warranty period.

The BMW factory recommended service schedule is listed below along with a list of the items serviced at each service interval. This is the industry standard and is geared towards maintaining the vehicle for the warranty period and to about 100,000 miles before major components start to fail. 

BMW Inspection

The BMW Inspection 1 Service is the smaller of the two inspection services recommended by BMW. It includes basically all of the items that assures safety and full functionality of your vehicle.


  1. Change engine oil and filter oil while engine is at normal operation temperature.
  2. Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary.
  3. Check brake and clutch system connectors and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.
  4. Check condition of tires (outer surfaces (left/right)), tread wear and pattern; In case of uneven tread wear readjust wheel alignment if required.
  5. Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks.
  6. Check for free movement of the parking brake cables. Adjust parking brake if necessary.
  7. Check front control arm bushing for wear.
  8. Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads.
  9. Check power steering system for leaks.
  10. Check rear axle for leaks.
  11. Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage, and joint disc.
  12. Check transmission for leaks.
  13. Clean brake pad contact points in calipers.
  14. Examine brake disc surfaces.
  15. Grease wheel center hubs.
  16. Visually check fuel tank, lines, and connections for leaks.

Engine Compartment

  1. Read out diagnostic system
  2. Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks.
  3. Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.
  4. Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required.
  5. Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.
  6. Check air conditioner for operation.
  7. Reset Service Indicator.

Body/Electrical Equipment

  1. Check all warning/indicator lights, check control.
  2. Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required.
  3. Check central locking/double lock.
  4. Check condition and function of safety belts.
  5. Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
  6. Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination.
  7. Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, fog lights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights.
  8. Check rear view mirrors
  9. Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch.
  10. Check wiper and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions.
  11. Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
  12. Oil hood, trunk/tailgate, and door hinges.
  13. Perform batter load test.
  14. Replace micro filter or Acc. Cabin Filter.
  15. Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations, or accessories.
Final Inspection

Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission.