BMW 3 Series Maintenance Schedule


Whether you’ve been driving around Stratham, Portsmouth, or Exeter, NH, for a couple hundred miles or a couple thousand, you need to stay on top of your vehicle’s necessary maintenance to ensure it stays healthy for years to come.

To help you do that, we here at BMW of Stratham have created this BMW 3 Series maintenance schedule guide. In this, we’ll look at the maintenance needed at each milestone. Curious to learn more? Keep reading!

Engine Oil Change

3,000-Mile Checks

Checking the following parts every few months will make sure you know that all the essential items are running properly and aren’t in need of an immediate or future replacement. We recommend you check the following every 3,000 miles or every three months, whichever comes first:

  • Fluid levels—like engine oil, windshield washer fluid, and transmission fluid
  • Tire inflation and condition
  • Hoses and belts
  • Exterior lights

By checking your headlights and taillights every few months, you’ll never find yourself without light on a dark road.

BMW 3 Series Maintenance Every 6,000 Miles

Once you reach 6,000 miles or six months since your last check—whichever comes first—you’ll want to perform the same maintenance you did at the 3,000-mile mark with a few additions. Some of these additions include checking your engine air filter and wiper blade condition.

Keeping your engine air filter clean is an important step to ensure the longevity of your engine. This filter prevents dust, debris, and dirt from getting into your engine. To check your engine air filter’s condition, refer to your owner’s manual on where it can be located. From there, remove the filter and visually inspect it.

If the filter is clean or only has a thin layer of dirt, it’s safe to continue using after a quick tap to release the dirt. However, if there is a lot of dirt, you’ll need to replace your filter.

Tire Tread Check

12,000-Mile Service

Congratulations! You and your BMW 3 Series have been together for another year, give or take a few weeks. In addition to the services already listed, you’ll also want to check the following:

  • Cabin air filter
  • Coolant
  • Tire tread and condition

In order to check your tire’s tread, all you need is a penny. Insert the penny heads down into the tread of your tire. If Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re good to keep driving. If, on the other hand, you can see any portion of his head, it’s time to get a new set of wheels.

It’s important you have the right amount of tire tread so that you can drive safely around town. When your tread is too worn, your tires may not be able to properly grip the road, particularly with slippery surfaces. When this happens, your stopping ability and safety are in question.

Schedule Your BMW 3 Series Maintenance Today

Are you approaching one of these driving milestones? If so, our team of skilled technicians is here to perform your BMW 3 Series maintenance in the blink of an eye. This means you’ll be cruising around Stratham, Portsmouth, and Exeter, New Hampshire, in no time.

Schedule your maintenance appointment with us at BMW of Stratham by visiting us online or giving us a call today!

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