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FSH - Worth Keeping up?

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Hi

I have an 02 E46 which had 'FSH' when I bought it.

I say FSH, it had been done every 15k miles according to the computer which means 3-4 years between each service as it was not used much!

Most are BMW and the last two are independent.

Its due soon and I have always done previous cars myself, I prefer to try and save money where possible.

Half of me thinks its worth the £100 for the oil change just to get the stamp but does it really make that much difference on a 14 year old car?

I would do it myself for half that and not be without a car for the day.

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RMJ   

personally would do the change myself, use decent oil and save the money! just keep a record of mileage and the receipt :)

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Mk2majik   

Each to there own really mate,my car has 139,000 with fsh,I've had the car almost 5 years and still have it serviced and maintained religiously by my local Bm specialist,in my eyes it's money well spent.

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Each to there own really mate,my car has 139,000 with fsh,I've had the car almost 5 years and still have it serviced and maintained religiously by my local Bm specialist,in my eyes it's money well spent.

It just seems a lot of money for something which is worth maybe £3k at best.

It needs new handbrake shoes, rear discs and pads at the moment and a local Garage quoted me £350! Add £150 for the next service and that's £500.

I could do the whole lot myself for £150.

If it were a 10k car then maybe I would but I really can't see it adding much value. The car owes me nothing and if I got £1500 for it in two years time I would be happy enough.

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Andy G   

FSH just relates to the history of the cars services. Come resale, if you've logged the mileage and kept the receipt for oils/filter etc used and made a note of the details then that would surely still count as having a FSH.

If the question is to retain the use of BMW or a specialist, thats a different matter as many like to see that continuity if they can, it doesn't really add to the value, just the desirability when compared to a car that has little or no history.

Mine has a Full BMW history however as the car does so little miles between 'official' services, we supplement that with an oil change mid term.

Personally I like to see the cars been serviced as and when required, so if the owner has done it himself and its noted then I don't see that as an issue, (I'd probably have it serviced not long after buying it anyhow). If though it was to have a cambelt change (for example) I'd like to see a proper receipt as it proves thats been done.

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It doesn't make any difference come sale time if it's been done at a dealer or by the owner. Just make sure you keep all receipts etc. A fully stamped book means nothing without accompanying paperwork. 

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Foe   

Agree with Andy and Daz. Do it yourself and save money for other things.

My 02 is unfortunately worth no where near 3k, wish it was though. And I would still do the servicing myself.

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Thanks everyone, I think I am going to do it myself.

I realise you have to spend money each year when it comes to Car ownership but if I can do it myself for half or even a third of the price, it seems a no brainier.

Foe, mine is only worth 3k due to the the sub 100k mileage and not having any rust lol

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I'd say DIY too - as you said, these aren't worth enough to warrant the extra outlay - it won't be recouped come sale time. If it was a CSL on the other hand... Nor are they usually being sold to the type of crowd who tend to worry about FSH).

NationalAutocentres were/are doing oil changes for about £60 - pretty much price I would have to pay for oil myself, and it saved me having to dispose of the old stuff. 

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R11CH   

Another vote for doing it yourself.

Mine had FSH when i bought it 5 years ago but i have serviced the car myself since then and print off a service sheet with the all the parts listed, date and mileage and staple the receipts of the parts to it. I even add notes of when things want replacing etc. Its got better service history now i think then when it was done at the dealership!

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Mk2majik   

I totally get what people are saying,i have no intention of selling my car having spent a small fortune on body work general maintenance and upgrades,my car has I file full of receipts and service records,for me it's more piece of mind that the vehicle is being inspected to bmw standards aswell as repaired/serviced,if your confident with doing it your self then go for it you will save a fortune👍

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if you seen how sloppy some of the BMW garages are and what they try and get away with you would either do yourself or find an independent

 

E46 unless M3 are not worth a lot, so i would suggest local or yourself

 

National are doing oil and filter for £60, just add in a air filter, pollen and fuel which takes about 1 hr to do yourself

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rasa   

been doing mine for 3 years,all i do is doccument everything and keep all invoices for parts etc,someone buying a 13 yo car with 137k on the clock will be more interested in how the owner has kept the car running,and i will still put full service history on sale ad,as it has full serrvice history,just not a stealers stamp,coz thats all you pay for,they are no better than the next garage at what they do.

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