This doesn't "need" to be done at a shop or dealer, it can also be DIY'd or done by someone "kaiv" who knows how and will only charge you $200....and the plugs and gaskets and filters can all be done at same time...Only the valve check/adjustment "needs" to be done at an BMW indy/dealer, the rest you could DIY or pay any shop much less to do. A lot of this you could DIY with minimal tools, especially spark plugs and air/cabin filter.
You're driving the wrong car. Maintenance is an absolute necessity. I feel bad for the next owner.I have an 03 M3 and the dealer requires an inspection II to be done for $1500. I honestly don't see the value in this. Can this be skipped? I really don't want to cough up $1500 as a college student for something I won't even see or feel a difference in.
Sounds like you bought the wrong car. If you can not afford these small charges you shouldnt of purchased an M car.Thanks for all the quick responses.
Got it done today at a private dealer for $600 excluding the valve adjustments. I had a lot of the stuff from the inspection II maintenance done independently or before I bought the car so I knew the complete status of the car. It came out clean and I replaced spark plugs, cabin filter, air filters, fuel filter, brake fluid, etc.
It's the vlave adjustment that I've heard different things about from different shops. Obviously not urgent, but something I should take care of I suppose.
I also got an oil "seepage" in the SMG line. I;ve had 4 different BMW certified mechanics diagnose it and say it isn't a big deal and doesn't need to be dealt with urgently, but that it will cost around $1000 in labor when I decide to take care of it. Maybe a job I can just rent a lift out and DIY?