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Old 06-14-2017, 11:37 PM   #1
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Hello E46Fanatics! What is a good pair of rotors and brake pads to purchase

for my2002 BMW 325i? Responses would be appreciated.
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:46 AM   #2
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Textar pads (they produce the pads for BMW).

Fronts:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...em-34116761244

Rears:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...r-textar-73114

Rotors - I personally don't get too worked up over rotors. Something with an anti-rust coating is nice. Zimmerman is a popular choice.

Front:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...z4-34116855152

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https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...6-34211165563z
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:44 PM   #3
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Thank you for responding. I will take a look at the Zimmermans.
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Old 06-16-2017, 12:25 PM   #4
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I would not do Zimmermans, my personal recommendation.

I would go

Professional Genuine BMW rotors and/or PADS
Brembo blank rotors or other HIGH END OEM manufacturer equivalent (Think ate, jurid, textar etc)

My personal combo for your car would be

Brembo Rotors
OEM pads (Textar, Jurid, ATE)

I don't do bro brands.

Only the highest names for braking.
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Why listen to someone who gave up a Pro BMW to go with a Bro Lexus?
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Old 06-16-2017, 02:10 PM   #6
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Brembo rotor blanks and Bosch OEM pads. Inexpensive, and works perfectly for daily and sporty driving.


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I too like the Textars- they are for people who use brakes authoritatively, and don't whine about brake dust...

and dear God, OE rotors cost a lot.

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They do. That's why for me, the only good alternative is Brembo.

At least for the E36, I've seen Balo rotors and other OEM names. Not sure if that exists now today for E46. (At least for the 330)

Yeah I don't like the whining about brake dust. You should see the guys over on the Lexus forums for those of us with the high friction F sport pads. EXTREME dust. maybe 2x worse than E46. Side of car gets caked. But I love the bite and stopping power. They go Coco-bono to reduce dust then complain they dont have the factory bite or power. lol
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Brembo rotor blanks and Bosch OEM pads. Inexpensive, and works perfectly for daily and sporty driving.


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Thank you very much! I like this set up Brembo rotor blanks and Bosch pads!
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Would that combo be good enough for some track use or would there be some fading?
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Would that combo be good enough for some track use or would there be some fading?
If you are driving hard, yes, there will likely be fading. It all depends upon how hard they are used. Some newbies don't use their brakes hard enough and street pads will just about hold up. Some newbies over-use their brakes and will fade them in a hurry.

For a first timer who is not sure what they are doing, stock pads with good, fresh fluid should be fine, but you have to pay attention. The very first mod I'd suggest to anyone doing track events is track pads CHANGED OUT AT THE TRACK. Never EVER run race pads on the street. I had a friend feeling lazy one day and asked "How bad can it be just driving home?" Just driving home he ruined a set of rotors.
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If you are driving hard, yes, there will likely be fading. It all depends upon how hard they are used. Some newbies don't use their brakes hard enough and street pads will just about hold up. Some newbies over-use their brakes and will fade them in a hurry.



For a first timer who is not sure what they are doing, stock pads with good, fresh fluid should be fine, but you have to pay attention. The very first mod I'd suggest to anyone doing track events is track pads CHANGED OUT AT THE TRACK. Never EVER run race pads on the street. I had a friend feeling lazy one day and asked "How bad can it be just driving home?" Just driving home he ruined a set of rotors.


Thank you for the insight. I do need a brake upgrade and contemplating if I should go oem or bbk. I do plan on tracking and I do want to see my car with a bbk. Going OEM now because it's cheaper just to turn around and swap things out with a BBK is something I want to avoid.


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Zimmerman, Balo, and Brembo all make the OEM rotors don't they?

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I ordered pads for my new Lexus as at 10,000 miles, they're nearly out already! The dealer asked me if I want Lexus low friction pads at no extra cost--apparently Lexus offers low friction and high friction variants. Low friction is for low dust but at the expense of stopping power and bite.

Guess which one Mango ordered? I told the parts guy Mango doesn't do low dust pads! He understood and shipped the correct performance pads!
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