My friend, who has an E36 M3 and I are going to do autoX events this summer. My question is, that if I participate in an autoX event, does this void my warranty? If so, does it void it all or what?:dunno:
I seem to be one of the few e46ers who autocross regularly. Go to my website at http://shinobi.bmw330ci.com/Autocross/default.htm. Autocrossing is stressful mainly on your tires...it'll really wear them out. Don't mention it to the dealers. The local BMW dealer here is a Dinan-authorized shop - I've got a ton of mods and they never give me any problems. They noticed that my tires were really worn and that I needed service faster than most people, but I just told them I like to drive my car hard.BMWERKEN said:The only reason I am worried about my warranty is that my dad bought the car for me so if I voided the warantee he might not be very happy. But sounds like AutoX doesn't void anything, or at least they have no way of knowing so sounds good...:thumbup:
Also, does autoX or driving hard really hurt the car? I would imagine it puts more stress on the car, does this effect the life of the car? BTW I have step...:thumbup:
Yo bmwerken if u ever go down to the track and want some company id be down to go. I've never been.Hit me up, peaceBMWERKEN said:sounds like AutoX doesn't void anything, or at least they have no way of knowing so sounds good...:thumbup:
tell that to the Z06 owners that had representatives from GM writing down their VIN numbers at events....not cool on performance cars:thumbdwn:GarrettF said:THIS IS NOT MENAT TO FLAME!
i dont understand how BMW would ever know you tracked the car... jesus why so everyone alwsy so scared about warranty..they have to prove that aftermarket parts caused the problem inorder to void that aprt of the warranty..and i dont think that driving the car even if it is a track event could void anyhting is the car has original parts in it..the car is meant to be driven, however, whereever and whenever you want!
Which owners maual? and what page. Cause I have looked at most of them and they don't even bring up racing .teamdfl said:I heard this directly from the mouth of Rich Brekkus who was the M brand manager or some other sort of vice president at BMW NA about 3 years ago. Racing voids the warranty on the entire car. Autocrossing is a timed event and is therefore racing. Autocrossing voids your warranty.
What he didn't say but is generally understood is that autocrossing is popular amongst BMWCCA members and BMWCCA members buy BMWs and recommend them to their friends. Most dealers seem to adopt a don't ask-don't tell attitude. Do not even say the word "autocross" when you are at your dealer for service and they won't bother you. If you plan on going to SCCA national tour events though, you can probably expect BMW NA to make a phone call to your dealer.
Brekkus also said "Limited driving school attendance does NOT void your warranty." He did not define what "limited" attendance is but he did say that too many driving schools is considered abuse and abuse voids you warranty. if you do one or two driving school days a year, you should have no problems with your dealer. If you do 3 to 4 days a year, don't complain about warped rotors or worn out brake pads. If you do 5 or more days a year, I suggest keeping an extremely low profile at the service desk.
EDIT: According to the owners manual, racing voids the warranty on the entire car.
I'd agree with what most people said in this forum about autocrossing. I wouldn't walk into the dealer and say, "while I was autocrossing, this part started to make a noise..." As long as you don't mention it, there really is no way for them to know. I autocrossed my A4 1.8T for three years and the dealer never knew about it. On the upside, you get a set of new brake shoes a bit earlier. hehe Oh, and in my local area, we don't call it racing because the insurance doesn't like that...they call it a "skill event" which just happens to be timed.BMWERKEN said:My friend, who has an E36 M3 and I are going to do autoX events this summer. My question is, that if I participate in an autoX event, does this void my warranty? If so, does it void it all or what?:dunno: