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Old 10-22-2010, 10:48 AM   #1
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I have been lurking here for awhile but this is the first time I thought I could not find a direct answer to my question through the search function. I own a 2004 320i (Canadian only model) and have the following questions:

1) My yellow brake pad light recently came on. I reset the light to see if it was just an error but it came back on again. Is there a way to tell if my rear brakes, front brakes or both need to be replaced based on the light that came on? To actually check the brakes I would need to goto my dad's house to take the car apart and at this point I would like to be able to do the work required - i.e. order parts required in advance. I don't want to have to go there and check the brakes, then put the car back together and then go back to replace as I need to take a ferry to get there!

2) This is a question likely for any Canadians on the forum - I am aware that the 320i has a smaller engine than the 04 325i and has less of the optional features, but in terms of ordering parts can I just pretend the car is a 325i without problems? I ask as that ordering from U.S. websites recommended on the forum does not really have the 320i as an option.

3) Any recommendations for rotor/pad setups? I am not looking to outperform OEM by much as this is a daily driver car and not a race car; however, I would not mind saving some money over OEM and also would not mind abit less brake dust as I feel like the wheels are always the first thing to get dirty after a good clean.

4) My understanding is that if I buy the pads, rotors, pad sensor (1 front/1 rear) and some anti-sqeal compound, I should be good. Is there anything I am missing?

Thanks for your help guys and thanks for all the great information on this forum which has helped me over the last couple years.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:50 AM   #2
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stick with OEM pads, anything else feels like crap.
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:48 AM   #3
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stick with OEM pads, anything else feels like crap.
Are the OEM pads available from a name brand? I know that often OEM BMW parts can be purchased from auto parts stores under other brand names without the "BMW" on them for significantly less. Any rotor advice to go with OEM pads?
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Are the OEM pads available from a name brand? I know that often OEM BMW parts can be purchased from auto parts stores under other brand names without the "BMW" on them for significantly less. Any rotor advice to go with OEM pads?
Usually Pagid, or Textar Pads are OEM replacements.

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Old 10-22-2010, 01:41 PM   #5
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Usually Pagid, or Textar Pads are OEM replacements.

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Thanks for the quick reply!

Any way I can tell, without first inspection, if I need to do the front or front+rear? Would a different light come on if it were the rear as well? I do not know the service history as I have not done brakes since I bought the car.

Assuming I need to do both, based on the Canadian auto parts location I purchase from and the info you provided I have tenatively selected the parts listed below - do these seem like they will meet or exceed OEM specs? Any different parts you would recommend?


Front Disc X 2 Brand: ATE Premium One Part # W0133-1840082
Rear Disc X 2 Brand: ATE Premium One Part # W0133-1613212
Brake Pad Sensor Brand: BOW W0133-1634873
Brake Pad Sensor Brand: BOW W0133-1634805
Front Brake Pad Set Brand: Textar Part # W0133-1617945
Rear Brake Pad Set Brand: Textar Part # W0133-1799384

The total cost is $542CAD with free shipping and no hastle with duties/taxes/etc. Let me know if you think I should go ahead with this or if there are better parts I should consider.
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:41 PM   #6
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Usually Pagid, or Textar Pads are OEM replacements.

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A brand called "Jurid" is also used for the fronts on the 330i - I would put them on the list of "OEM" suppliers as well.
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A brand called "Jurid" is also used for the fronts on the 330i - I would put them on the list of "OEM" suppliers as well.
Totally Slip my Mind.

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Thanks for the quick reply!

Any way I can tell, without first inspection, if I need to do the front or front+rear? Would a different light come on if it were the rear as well? I do not know the service history as I have not done brakes since I bought the car.

Assuming I need to do both, based on the Canadian auto parts location I purchase from and the info you provided I have tenatively selected the parts listed below - do these seem like they will meet or exceed OEM specs? Any different parts you would recommend?


Front Disc X 2 Brand: ATE Premium One Part # W0133-1840082
Rear Disc X 2 Brand: ATE Premium One Part # W0133-1613212
Brake Pad Sensor Brand: BOW W0133-1634873
Brake Pad Sensor Brand: BOW W0133-1634805
Front Brake Pad Set Brand: Textar Part # W0133-1617945
Rear Brake Pad Set Brand: Textar Part # W0133-1799384

The total cost is $542CAD with free shipping and no hastle with duties/taxes/etc. Let me know if you think I should go ahead with this or if there are better parts I should consider.
When you take the Wheels off you can see how thick the pads are. The Sensor are in the Front Driver Side and Rear Passanger side.

The Prices are kinda high. Also the 320i will not fit the 325i setup. You will need the 323i Rotors if I remember correctly.

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