BMW Maintenance Schedule: What to Expect

For BMW owners, it’s important for them to follow a routine maintenance schedule. These checkups are used to help the car recover from normal wear and tear and extend the life of the vehicle. It also gives BMW mechanics time to replace any worn out parts that are unique to the cars’ brand.

Below we will discuss the two maintenance schedules for BMW: Inspection I and II. Please keep in mind that not all BMW models will follow the same maintenance schedule and that this should be viewed as a general outline of what the mechanics will generally work on for each inspection.

BMW Inspection I and II

Most BMW owners can expect to have Inspection I happen at around 20,000 miles (actual mileage is determined by specific make, model and year of the vehicle) or once a year. Inspection II will happen after 60,000 miles and every subsequent 60,000 mile interval. For clarity, we will place I, II, or both by each service.


  • Diagnostic Readout Box (both): evaluate diagnostic system


  • Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, and transmission systems (both)


  • Air bag systems (both): visually examine air bags for damage and inconsistencies
  • Axle shaft assembly (II): inspect for tears and leaks for CV boots
  • Battery (both): check state-of-charge and charge if needed
  • Body and frame (both): review body for damage and rust (must be performed every two years)
  • Brake fluid and hydraulic system (both): Replace brake fluid every two years and add fluid if needed
  • Brakes and traction control (both): check thickness of of front and rear disc brake pads, clean brake pad, and examine surfaces
  • Clutch system (both): check system and lines for leaks, damages and incorrect positioning
  • Doors, hood, and trunk (both): inspect latches and hinges; oil and grease hood, doors and trunk
  • Exhaust system (both): examine for leaks and check positioning and condition
  • Transmission fluid (both): examine for leaks
  • Rear axle fluid (both): examine for leaks
  • Fuel supply line (both): visually inspect leaks
  • Fuel tank (both): visually inspeact for leaks
  • Heating and air conditioning (both): inspect heater/air fan, conditioner and rear window defoggert
  • Instrument panel, gauges, and warning indicators (II): check if illumination is on for all instruments
  • Lighting and horns (both): inspect all lighting signals
  • Locks and mirrors (both): inspect central locking, double lock, rear view mirror
  • Parking brakes (both): check parking brake and adjust if necessary
  • Steering and power steering (both): check steering system for leaks, P/S fluid level and add fluid if necessary
  • Seat belts (both): check condition and function
  • Tires (both): check for pressure, damage, and rotate and realign
  • Wiper and washer systems (both): check wipers, washer jet positions, washer fluid level and antifreeze protection


  • Air filter element (II): replace intake air cleaner
  • Spark plugs (II)
  • Alarm system transmitter (both): recharge or replace batteries
  • Cabin air filter (both): replace microfilters
  • Engine oil and oil filter (both): replace both while engine is at operating temperature


  • Service reminder (both): don’t reset when additional oil changes are requested by the customer

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