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      04-18-2021, 09:25 AM   #1
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Q: I'll be driving the car from AB, Canada to Missouri, US a day or so after I pick it up. I live there currently.

Is driving the additional amount of miles after surpassing the (1300 miles?*) break in period an issue when bypassing the first scheduled appointment? Just wanting to make sure I take care of the car best I can. Also wondering what happens at those appointments? I assume flush & just complete check of health?

The journey is 1800miles / 2800 kms. But you could assume anywhere in a ~300 mile buffer upwards.
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      04-18-2021, 09:35 AM   #2
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Missing or excessively exceeding the break-in service used to void the warranty. I imagine it still does. I'd recommend picking a dealer somewhere along the route and getting it done during your trip. Or just delaying the trip until you can put enough miles on to get it done.

I'm also going to be driving my car home from my purchase dealer a few hundred miles. Make sure to vary your speed (don't sit for too long at the same speed on the highway), no kick downs, and there's a much lower rev limit for break in period. 5K or so in my F82 manual.
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      04-18-2021, 09:42 AM   #3
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Had the same kind of problem. I should go abroad just right after the delivery date. My salesman told me that BMW was picky about this maintenance and would allow 2500 km but not more.
I will pick up my car after the journey.
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Missing or excessively exceeding the break-in service used to void the warranty. I imagine it still does. I'd recommend picking a dealer somewhere along the route and getting it done during your trip. Or just delaying the trip until you can put enough miles on to get it done.

I'm also going to be driving my car home from my purchase dealer a few hundred miles. Make sure to vary your speed (don't sit for too long at the same speed on the highway), no kick downs, and there's a much lower rev limit for break in period. 5K or so in my F82 manual.
I can't exactly delay the trip as the amount of work I am taking off for the trip in the first place is borderline too many. However I am not opposed at doing a trip to the dealership along the route. Do you know how long these appointments take? Is it a 1 day thing, or are these 'drop off & come back later' type things.
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Mine took about two hours to complete.
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You'll definitely want to get the break-in service done along the way. I've heard about others who did it late which caused warranty issues later on. If you let the dealership know that you are stopping by during a road trip I'm sure they can help accommodate you and get you in and out as quickly as possible with enough advanced notice.
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Q: I'll be driving the car from AB, Canada to Missouri, US a day or so after I pick it up. I live there currently.

Is driving the additional amount of miles after surpassing the (1300 miles?*) break in period an issue when bypassing the first scheduled appointment? Just wanting to make sure I take care of the car best I can. Also wondering what happens at those appointments? I assume flush & just complete check of health?

The journey is 1800miles / 2800 kms. But you could assume anywhere in a ~300 mile buffer upwards.
I'd definitely find a place to do the service along the way. My brother was recently looking at an F80, and the previous owner had missed the break-in service and got it done at around 2,400 miles. The dealer told him that the vehicle would not be eligible for an extended warranty once the original/new car warranty was up.

Even if you're not planning on keeping the car, it might hurt your resell value in the future. I understand it wouldn't matter if it's a lease because it wouldn't be your problem later on, however I'd still try to do right by the next owner even if they might never know about this little detail.
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I'd definitely find a place to do the service along the way. My brother was recently looking at an F80, and the previous owner had missed the break-in service and got it done at around 2,400 miles. The dealer told him that the vehicle would not be eligible for an extended warranty once the original/new car warranty was up.

Even if you're not planning on keeping the car, it might hurt your resell value in the future. I understand it wouldn't matter if it's a lease because it wouldn't be your problem later on, however I'd still try to do right by the next owner even if they might never know about this little detail.
This car will be taken care of to the best ability possible, so I will absolutely be figuring out the best dealership to stop at. Maybe Sioux Falls SD
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Is the border open between US and Canada?

Might not be the quickest route, but Motorwerks BMW in the Minneapolis metro is a good option for doing the service. They're large dealership so should have plenty of availability.
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Is the border open between US and Canada?

Might not be the quickest route, but Motorwerks BMW in the Minneapolis metro is a good option for doing the service. They're large dealership so should have plenty of availability.
It is for me and my Visa, that Minneapolis idea may not be bad, it's not really a large change of direction / speed. It still ends up being a decent mileage (1180) from Calgary (and I'd have an additional 200-300) to get to Cal from Edm.

I'll have to talk to my dealership regarding the warranty, I'll probably be hovering just over by a few or a hundred some miles if I plan it best I can.
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is car any stronger after break in or only launch control available.
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