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About time! BMW extends general warranty at long last on BMW, Mini and BMW Motorrad motorcycles in Australia

BMW Australia finally catches up with Mercedes-Benz, Audi and even Alfa Romeo by offering a five-year warranty.

BMW has finally increased its warranty to five years, with unlimited kilometres as part of the deal.

Effective from November 1, 2022 but backdated one month to all vehicles purchased from October 1, it covers all new BMW, Mini and Motorrad motorcycle vehicles, and replaces an industry-trailing three-year/unlimited kilometre offer.

The motorcycle warranty is a first for a bike manufacturer in this country.

BMW Australia says the new warranty, which also includes three years of roadside assistance, is timed to coincide with the release of its all-new i7 and related redesigned 7 Series flagship luxury sedan.

“We wanted to tie the announcement with the launch of the new 7 Series,” according to a BMW Australia spokesperson speaking to the Australian media at the launch of the third-generation X1 SUV series in Melbourne.

BMW only revealed the warranty upgrade to its dealer body in Australia last Friday night AEST (November 4), following clearance from BMW headquarters in Germany.

“We have not even informed our dealer network yet,” they said. “This is all happening tonight Munch time. Our DPs (dealer principals) are over with our management team in Munich right now, and they’ll be informed sometime this evening.”

While BMW declined to explain why it dragged its feet all this time when every other mainstream carmaker offers five or more years of warranty, it is understood that providing the i7/7 Series with a more competitive package played a role in the decision, especially against the Mercedes-Benz EQS/S-Class duo that the range is going up against.

BMW says the new warranty complements the existing ‘Beyond’ ownership packages currently available on BMW and Mini vehicles, that include emergency callout, dealership hospitality services, app-operated software updates, and vehicle-control capabilities such as remote door locking and cabin ventilation.

Additionally, buyers will still be able to advance-purchase service bundles, which group together certain packages to save on the cost of maintenance.