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Old 12-10-2010, 12:29 PM   #1
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Multiple Brake Questions

Thanks in Advance!

1) Is it normal for rear brake pad to go out faster than front brake pads if you are driving 330i, which is rear-drive?

2) (dumb question-possibly) Is it possible to use non-OEM brake pad with OEM brake sensor?

3) If answer to Q2 is Yes, which brake pad would you recommend for 330i.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:07 PM   #2
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I will aswer your questions in order:
1- Yes it is normal vehicle function depending on operationg conditions. How do you like that answer ... The explanation is that the DSC or traction control system uses the rear brakes to execute its function. It basically applies the brakes gently to the wheel going a little faster to stop wheelspin. So, if you are using non performance rubber in a wet cliamte, it is normal.

2- Yes, any self respecting brake pad manufacturer will have the notch in the pad where the OE pad wear sensor goes.

3- From the factory, your car came with Jurid on the front and Textar on the rear. Your dealer will replace with SAXID as this is BMW's new OE brake pad supplier.

Brake pads are the subject of most debate on the forums. Everyone has an opinion as to what is best. Bottom line, you need to choose the right pad for your driving style.

Consider the fact that BMW put lots of time and effort working with its suppliers to select the right brake pad compund for your car. Also reads: Finding the best compromise for the average driver under average conditions.

Unless you have special needs, OEM parts are the way to go...
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:28 PM   #3
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OEM BMW pads are great. Honestly, yes, you could always upgrade - but there is no problem at all with the OEM stuff. BMWs have notoriously good OE pads and rotors.
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Old 12-11-2010, 04:18 PM   #4
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I will aswer your questions in order:
1- Yes it is normal vehicle function depending on operationg conditions. How do you like that answer ... The explanation is that the DSC or traction control system uses the rear brakes to execute its function. It basically applies the brakes gently to the wheel going a little faster to stop wheelspin. So, if you are using non performance rubber in a wet cliamte, it is normal.

2- Yes, any self respecting brake pad manufacturer will have the notch in the pad where the OE pad wear sensor goes.

3- From the factory, your car came with Jurid on the front and Textar on the rear. Your dealer will replace with SAXID as this is BMW's new OE brake pad supplier.

Brake pads are the subject of most debate on the forums. Everyone has an opinion as to what is best. Bottom line, you need to choose the right pad for your driving style.

Consider the fact that BMW put lots of time and effort working with its suppliers to select the right brake pad compund for your car. Also reads: Finding the best compromise for the average driver under average conditions.

Unless you have special needs, OEM parts are the way to go...
For the record my high end Carbotech pads do not have a place for the sensor.
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