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Old 25th February 2023, 14:19   #166
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Re: BMW 3 GT Sport Line (Oct 2015) - Long term Ownership Review | EDIT: Now past 60,000 kms

I just realised, its Feb 2023 and my odometer still hasn’t crossed the 62k kms mark. It had crossed 60k clicks as far back as end June 2022. The Meridian has clearly been taking the lions share of miles, specially since I had a driver for the better part of this period (I’m again without a driver - another story getting a decent hand in Mumbai) and I really just feel better making the Meridian the chauffeur driven car.

Off late the BMW has seen a bit more running since I’m again self driven mostly but even there it tends to be an even split since I tend to use both cars. Long drives are almost by default in the Jeep, specially since they’re often done by family members using a hired driver or our own driver (when we had one).

Key recent updates:

1. One headlight bulb went bust
One fine day one of my headlight bulbs had gone kaput. Got both bulbs changed (to ensure they look the same visually) from my usual go to FNG instead of BMW authorised.

2. Scraped a compound wall
This happened literally a few weeks later. I was on the phone distracted - a family member had suddenly been taken to the ICU and I was coordinating on call for picking up some relatives and rushing to the hospital. I was in a relative’s building and on a very tight turn scraped the front left rather badly. Had no choice but to repaint the entire bumper - again done at the same friendly FNG.

3. General annual service
While the car had gone for repainting I realised the service was also due. Its a fairly basic service so got that done also at the FNG since the car was already there.

All in all these must have collectively worked out significantly cheaper than if I had visited official BMW A.S.S. All of this is fairly basic work and honestly doesn’t really need an official BMW stamp as long as you have a reliable and trustworthy FNG (which fortunately, I do).


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Old 15th March 2023, 17:36   #167
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Its a fairly basic service so got that done also at the FNG since the car was already there.
Which engine oil did your FNG use? I'm asking since your car has a DPF and the right engine oil which does not harm the DPF is not that easy to source. Ideally, your oil should be BMW LL12FE / LL04 compliant. Most FNGs just put some random synthetic engine oil which, forget being BMW approved, is not even meant for vehicles with DPFs. Key requirement is that of low SAPS engine oil. Failure to use low SAPS oil will result in premature DPF clogging & eventual failure.
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Re: BMW 3 GT Sport Line (Oct 2015) - Long term Ownership Review | EDIT: Now past 60,000 kms

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I just realised, its Feb 2023 and my odometer still hasn’t crossed the 62k kms mark. It had crossed 60k clicks as far back as end June 2022. The Meridian has clearly been taking the lions share of miles, specially since I had a driver for the better part of this period (I’m again without a driver - another story getting a decent hand in Mumbai) and I really just feel better making the Meridian the chauffeur driven car.
Nice!! Could you please share some insights on your experience with this vehicle (if you have done that already, please share a link to that thread)?
If I may, I would be genuinely interested in knowing how have the engine, suspension and other mechanical parts held up, have they stood the test of time. Does the vehicle feel dynamic and fresh (considering the age factor of-course)
What issues (if any) have you faced and how easy was it to get them resolved?
I'm a car newbie and would love to learn from your insights.

Thanks.
Happy and Safe Travels.

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Old 17th March 2023, 12:14   #169
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Re: BMW 3 GT Sport Line (Oct 2015) - Long term Ownership Review | EDIT: Now past 60,000 kms

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Which engine oil did your FNG use? I'm asking since your car has a DPF and the right engine oil which does not harm the DPF is not that easy to source. Ideally, your oil should be BMW LL12FE / LL04 compliant.
Hey sorry I was out of the country and missed replying earlier. I double checked this with Redline Autohaus, which did the service. My understanding is he uses LL04 compliant oil.

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Nice!! Could you please share some insights on your experience with this vehicle (if you have done that already, please share a link to that thread)?
Thanks. This entire thread is just that buddy. You can start from page 1 which has the initial review and decision making at the time of purchase and from there on, Iíve chronicled most of my ownership experience, travels and what not.

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