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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 12-15-2010, 06:35 PM   #1
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Can you put m3 calipers on 330xi?

i seen a set of m3 calipers for sale locally for cheap and was wondering if i could use these as a cheap BBK. I have heard of putting e46 calipers on e36s and was wondering if i could put e46m calipers on my car. I know i would have to run 18s year round and need m3 rotors, but besides this would they fit, would it work?
i tried searching, didnt see much
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You can't retrofit them. Probably will require custom fabrication
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Can I ask what you don't like about your current brakes?
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Can I ask what you don't like about your current brakes?
if you could stop better, you wouldnt want to? also i need new pads and rotors and for an extra 100$ i could have m3 brakes, why not?
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if you could stop better, you wouldnt want to? also i need new pads and rotors and for an extra 100$ i could have m3 brakes, why not?
Look up the cost for M3 Pads/Rotors,
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if you could stop better, you wouldnt want to? also i need new pads and rotors and for an extra 100$ i could have m3 brakes, why not?
Take your car up to ~30-40mph on an empty street or large parking lot and slam on the brakes.

Your car has PLENTY of stopping power with just the stock brakes. Once the brakes lock, and they will, it's then up to the ABS and your tires to actually stop the car.

If you want just the look of a big brake kit, then it's a different story. But you aren't going to get noticeably better stopping power out of M3 brakes than your stock 330 brakes unless you plan on taking your car to the track and even then it's more up to the pads/rotors than the brakes themselves.

As far as if they'll fit or not, I have no idea but I think you should save your $100 for something else. Just my opinion, I don't mean to flame you or anything so I apologize if I came across that way.

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Look up the cost for M3 Pads/Rotors,
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