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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 03-23-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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Brakes!! 2004 330xi

What's up guys ,
I'm in the market for brakes and rotors I was thinking getting the drilled ones but I heard a lot of things like they will crack and all that!! I need some feed back on which ones should I buy and what's a good brand out there

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Old 03-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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There's nothing special with the XI vs RWD cars as far as brakes. Try searching on the General Forum with "pads" or "rotors" search phrases and you'll discover this is very subjective to looks, performance etc. Personal preferences show up with dust, pedal feedback, etc. For factory performance checkout Zimmerman rotors and Textar pads. For Ricky Racer goodies, be cautious to what owners say. You may find what they purchased is awesome to them where others dislike their setup. Me? I just want to have the factory feel and performance, dust is not a concern.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:32 PM   #3
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ATE superblue fluid, rotors from BMW, and Performance Friction pads.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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ATE superblue fluid, rotors from BMW, and Performance Friction pads.
I second this. That's the exact setup I went with.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:38 PM   #5
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Thanks guys , quick question tho.. How much would it be for the rotors or if you know where I can get them for a good price?? And the pads as well
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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http://www.rotorsandpads.com/product...rake-pads.html

http://www.rotorsandpads.com/product...rake-pads.html

http://www.rotorsandpads.com/product...uid-liter.html

Search for the best price on rotors and order the sensors from there too.
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Here's a couple part suppliers I like to use for good prices. Kubica reminds you about the sensors. You need them even if they are not worn tripping warnings as they can get damaged (brittle) trying to move them over. Note: parts represented as "OEM supplier" are companies that make and provide parts, such as rotors, to BMW. The only difference is BMW "genuine" parts may be stamped with the "BMW" logo and their part number but the quality and part is the same. The genuine part is often more expensive for this branding reason. Go figure?

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata...46_catalog.htm

http://www.autohausaz.com/index.html
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #8
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Here's a couple part suppliers I like to use for good prices. Kubica reminds you about the sensors. You need them even if they are not worn tripping warnings as they can get damaged (brittle) trying to move them over. Note: parts represented as "OEM supplier" are companies that make and provide parts, such as rotors, to BMW. The only difference is BMW "genuine" parts may be stamped with the "BMW" logo and their part number but the quality and part is the same. The genuine part is often more expensive for this branding reason. Go figure?

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata...46_catalog.htm

http://www.autohausaz.com/index.html
oe parts are usually higher quality than oem, not enough to account for the price difference though.
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oe parts are usually higher quality than oem, not enough to account for the price difference though.
Interesting. I think BMW writes specifications including QA to ensure their suppliers meet their mark. For example, BMW uses Textar and Pagid for brakes. I compared two pads, original and supplier on my MINI where they were identical in color, shape, thickness, etc. The only difference was the MINI logo and part number stamped on the factory plate. The cost difference was around $30 for no apparent reason. Of course I couldn't compare the pad material composition.

I think they are the same part with mark-up applied for the logo and packaging. I can't state that OEM was higher quality from comparison. You may be correct however. I'm no expert, I'm just not buying into OEM purist stuff. I also use M1 oil which annoys the true followers. Ha!
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Interesting. I think BMW writes specifications including QA to ensure their suppliers meet their mark. For example, BMW uses Textar and Pagid for brakes. I compared two pads, original and supplier on my MINI where they were identical in color, shape, thickness, etc. The only difference was the MINI logo and part number stamped on the factory plate. The cost difference was around $30 for no apparent reason. Of course I couldn't compare the pad material composition.

I think they are the same part with mark-up applied for the logo and packaging. I can't state that OEM was higher quality from comparison. You may be correct however. I'm no expert, I'm just not buying into OEM purist stuff. I also use M1 oil which annoys the true followers. Ha!
You notice the difference pretty easily when you deal with gaskets (sick of replacing that victor reinz every year or two? go oem bmw )or pcv valves. If you'd like to read more about the difference check out this post:
http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=958454
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There are a few parts where OE is not the same as OEM. Rotors being one of them.
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Careful when you shop: some places will charge you a bunch of extra shipping because of the weight of the rotors. As I recall, Autohausaz will ship them free if you're above the minimum order for free shipping.
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There are a few parts where OE is not the same as OEM. Rotors being one of them.
I've been rocking cheap WBR (worldpac) rotors for 6 month and so far no issues- I'll see how they fare with track pads
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Thanks guys for all the help) should I get ceramic pads or no???
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What are you going for? Racing? Performance? Looks? OEM (or close enough) replacement? A good deal?
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Thanks guys for all the help) should I get ceramic pads or no???
I have ceramic now and i'm ditching them for one reason, they don't work in the wet/cold while driving on the hwy. After 30 mins of not touching them in these condition their responsiveness goes down to nothing for 1 sec. Its amazing how much your a-hole can pucker up when you hit your brakes going 80 and nothing happens for 1 sec

That said I do enjoy clean wheels
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Lmfao hahahaha^^
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I have ceramic now and i'm ditching them for one reason, they don't work in the wet/cold while driving on the hwy. After 30 mins of not touching them in these condition their responsiveness goes down to nothing for 1 sec. Its amazing how much your a-hole can pucker up when you hit your brakes going 80 and nothing happens for 1 sec

That said I do enjoy clean wheels
What kind brand of pads??
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