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Old 06-12-2019, 05:55 AM
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Never going to dealer again!

I bought my CM used, thought I would take it to the dealer to get an oil change and they said I should do the following in addition to the oil change:
  1. Scope - $175
  2. Brake Flush $169
  3. Replace filters $150
Holy crap!

I told them to do the brake flush and the oil change. I will do the filters myself.

Where can I find the engine filter and the cabin filter?
Old 06-12-2019, 06:43 AM
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You, my friend, need a good Independent shop to trust your car with.

I was going to say the brake fluid flush is stupid simple, but doesnt exactly sound like your cup of tea. Air filter locations should be nicely noted in your owners manual. They are very simple to change as well, though the engine one does require a torx bit to remove the cover...its the long half-round thing at the top of the engine near the firewall. Cabin filter is behind the glove box.

The scope thing is pretty pointless on the N18 engine...not a lot of buildup in them.

I did, however pay the dealer to change the belt once...sounded like a royal pain to get to. I think I gave them about $150 to tackle that.
Old 06-12-2019, 06:51 AM
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We have many vendors on this site to choose from. Look at the thread listing all the Vendors. For filters you can also find them pretty cheaply on Amazon or Ebay. The dealer will always try to sell you on extra's. In your case that was a very light list. Wait till they start showing you $2500 worth of stuff.
Old 06-12-2019, 07:13 AM
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Oil change includes oil filter........sounds like you need to do a bit of research on what car maintenance is all about.
Old 06-12-2019, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by iwashmycar View Post
You, my friend, need a good Independent shop to trust your car with.
Yes, I have one in mind but thought I would just go to the dealer because it was logistically easier.

I am going to do my own filters.
Old 06-12-2019, 09:43 AM
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We took our "new to us" 2015 Countryman S All4 to our dealer last month for state inspection....they said it needed an oil change although it only had about 1500 miles on it since we bought it...but it had been a year almost, so I said "yes"; then they mentioned about some "scope thing" that checks for rust, etc....which sounded fishy to me, so I didn't have that done (the service manager said he wouldn't bother either!)...go figure! Then of course they recommended a new cabin filter. The car only has about 16,000 miles on it. Then they noticed that the windshield washer pump wasn't working, and since we had bought it only 11 months ago (& I had never used the washer I didn't know it was broken), they installed a new one - no charge. Although we had to wait much of the afternoon for the work to be completed, we only paid around $170 for everything including the state inspection. So, that wasn't bad AT ALL! Great service and friendly people, so they aren't all bad!
Old 06-12-2019, 11:33 AM
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The time for an oil change should be dependent on mileage and time. The advice I have most often heard for limited use vehicles is 1 year. I have heard others recommend 6 months. My plan is to go with 1 year or 5,000 miles.

When I bought my MINI, They said they just did an oil change. I assume they used the cheapest oil they could find and immediately had it done again with full synthetic.
Old 06-12-2019, 12:57 PM
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You can get Mann filters on partsgeek.com for reasonable prices.
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