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Old 09-22-2016, 06:28 AM   #1
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Rust warranty



Took my e46 in to see if I could get the rust covered by bmw as it's still under the 12 year rust warranty. Met with the service manager. He took pics. The car had the rust appraisal done ($15,000)

I was told by the service manager bmw Canada wants the Inspection 1 and Inspection 2 records as they would have checked for rust at time of the Inspection. I never took the car for the inspections. The rust on the car is embarrassing. And is rusting in places that surely isn't a neglect issue. Is there any way of getting it covered without the Inspection records?

I plead my case to them as a long time bmw enthusiast. Have had multiple BMWs and this one is by far the newest I've owned and in the worst condition. It's quite sad really. So I'm just wondering if there is another route to take.

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Old 09-22-2016, 12:47 PM   #2
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As long as you have records of inspections being performed somewhere (and any rust noted), you'll be fine. It's the same as for oil changes: as long as they are recorded as performed, the warranty on your engine will apply. If not, then, the manufacturer could reasonably state that the engine would have failed due to lack of prescribed maintenance, not flawed construction. Same thing for rust. For all they know, the car could have been parked in a muddy field and never looked at.
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unless you have records of doing inspection I and II within the timelines BMW recommends you're SOL
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So in other words the inspections are now mandatory in order to receive your full warranty? Sad. These types of things make me go looking elsewhere.
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:23 AM   #5
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Well, presumably you could have done the inspections yourself, taken pictures, and you'd at least have a case with them. More so if you had the inspection done at a licensed mechanic.

Is the rust on the surface or you actually have holes, because I believe the warranty only covers perforations.
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So in other words the inspections are now mandatory in order to receive your full warranty? Sad. These types of things make me go looking elsewhere.
they were always mandatory.

i have an e46 that has been winter driven every year that doesn't have rust. the corrosion warranty is to protect customers from defect, not negligent maintenance.
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:27 AM   #7
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Here are a few pics. 90% of the rust on the car is on the passenger side and the second pic is on the inside of the passenger door where typical rust elements wouldn't get to. The first pic aswell the bubble in the fender Comes right out of the centre of the fender, larger than a golf ball. Typical bmw areas like the trunk lid have rusted out the license plate light but that doesn't bother me nearly as much as the others

I guess that's what upsets me is inspections or not these to me look like factory issues. But i understand why bmw would want the records as stated before. And these pics barely start to uncover the rust. Unfortunately I didn't act quick enough.
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:26 PM   #8
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So e90's are good no inspections 1,2 ��
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