I just bought a very well maintained 2015 228i. I was thinking of doing some maintenance myself. Anybody has any lessons learned? Is there a way of updating the computer state so that the car is aware the maintenance has been made? Any way to update the Carfax record?
I’m just looking for a few pointers from people that already went this route.
BTW, my motivation is the pleasure of understanding the car and to be independent of mechanics for most tasks. Of course I’m willing to pay if the task requires special equipment.
- MZ / OtherpXft40In my '98 318ti the only way to interface with the computer was to use an OBD-II reader. Not sure if the new models are any different.....
- MZ, you can clear codes on the older cars by disconnecting the 12V battery overnight and to touch the terminal leads together to discharge any capacitors in the ECU. That’s how I cleared a code in my 96 318i and get it past emissions after changing my O2 sensor. Also, I hope you’ve changed your whole coolant system out by now.
- Might want to get on that. ALL the coolant flanges, thermostat housing and the radiator are made out of plastic and crack and leak out without warning. On these 90’s BMWs, the coolant system was supposed to be “serviced” every 60k miles. Ask me how I know that lol. On the plus side, if you do ALL your work yourself (9-10hr job) the parts only cost $500-$600.
- Schlumberger / EngPkippsyYou can get a Carly OBD reader for BMW from Amazon (~80$) and Carly app from App store (~65$). The app allows you to check for Maintenance status, check engine lights, reset service flags and so on. You can also program some features as well.
- Garmin uvCr44Bimmerforums.com should be tons of info and support out there to get you going on your own. Ive done everything from an oil change to a clutch job on my Audi through the years with info from forums
- Yeah. OP, YouTube is your best friend or your best friend. I’ve learned diy stuff from either YouTube or my friend showing me. German cars can be a bit complicated depending on the job (i have a VW) but there are many videos online. You shouldn’t have much trouble. It’ll take some time and patienceJan 181
- Udemy Yrgi41I have a 2015 228i too. To update the iDrive maintenance there is a hidden reset menu using the dash button. There are YouTube tutorials to get to that menu.
For advance things get an obdii to Ethernet reader and an old windows 7 or earlier laptop and get yourself a copy of ISTA from bmw forums. That’s the same software dealers use to manage their cars and flash firmware upgrades and shit.
Not sure about car fax. Just keep a log yourself and give it to the next owner when you sell.
- For the carfax. You can update the maintenance through their app or online (I’ve only done the app). You’ll have the ability to add DIY stuff, shops report to it as well. It’s how I keep track of all my maintenance