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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 10-15-2015, 10:22 AM   #1
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Brake replacement/upgrade quetion

I have a 2001 BMW 325xi ( E46 ) and was wondering if anyone has any ideas on an rotor and pad upgrade. I use the car on street only in the northeast and it's a commuter for the most part. I was going to stay with stock size and I do have the sport and premium packages. I have seen some Stoptech drilled and slotted rotors at a reasonable price and have read they're a reputable company and there's always brembo at a premium price but looking for recommendations. Is the meyle set fcp offers as good as stock or better?
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:53 AM   #2
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Personally I would stick with the OEM rotor & pad and upgrade the brake lines and brake fluid if you're looking for a little extra stopping power.
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:43 PM   #3
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I have a 2001 BMW 325xi ( E46 ) and was wondering if anyone has any ideas on an rotor and pad upgrade. I use the car on street only in the northeast and it's a commuter for the most part. I was going to stay with stock size and I do have the sport and premium packages. I have seen some Stoptech drilled and slotted rotors at a reasonable price and have read they're a reputable company and there's always brembo at a premium price but looking for recommendations. Is the meyle set fcp offers as good as stock or better?

Unless you're specifically going for the "Look" of a Drilled or Slotted rotor, I'd tell you to stick with stock OE rotors.

For a Great braking upgrade, go with either;

1) PFC "Z" Rated Pads (BimmerWorld)

2) Stoptech Street Performance Pads (Tire Rack)


Don't waste your money on a ~$100 dollar set of braided brake lines because it's Not a race car, your stock lines work Great for DD use.




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Old 10-15-2015, 12:43 PM   #4
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Personally I would stick with the OEM rotor & pad and upgrade the brake lines and brake fluid if you're looking for a little extra stopping power.
+1 or upgrade to a 330 set up. Direct bolt on with our XI's and then maybe contemplate about drill/slotted discs, not my taste but you can go for it.

I got the calipers from a junked 330i and bought OE rotors/pads. There is a lot of info here about this upgrade. Just an FYI, you might read that the rear needs modification, that only applies to non-XI models.
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Old 10-17-2015, 02:11 AM   #5
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my xi is a northeast commuter too, and I just finished a brake overhaul on it... de-rusted eeeverything, threw on new (blank) rotors, ceramic pads, parking brake shoes, and rebuilt calipers, and flushed the fluid... I couldn't be happier, and neither could my wallet. a clean DD is a happy DD, so don't waste your money where you don't need to!?
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Cool that's what I was thinking especially after buying it and getting the bimmer oil and filter and both camshaft position sensors. My wallet will need a break soon. I know a lot of people have said count on spending 1000 after the initial purchase but I don't ever think I'll be racing this car and the BMW engineers are a lot smarter than me so stock brakes should be more than fine for dd. I have noticed that all 4 rotors look grooved and worn. So I definitely want to change them before winter sets in.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:27 AM   #7
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I run PowerStop systems on almost all of my vehicles.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...%3Abmw%3A325xi

Verify the application and part number before you decide to pull the trigger. You might be able to shop around for better pricing, but Amazon usually has attractive pricing.

I have been very happy with the price and performance of these systems.

I have these on Chevrolet, GMC, VW and BMW's in the fleet.

Have not run these long enough to require replacement, so not 100% how many miles I will see from these set ups. Lower brake dust then BMW OE set up.
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Cool that's what I was thinking especially after buying it and getting the bimmer oil and filter and both camshaft position sensors. My wallet will need a break soon. I know a lot of people have said count on spending 1000 after the initial purchase but I don't ever think I'll be racing this car and the BMW engineers are a lot smarter than me so stock brakes should be more than fine for dd. I have noticed that all 4 rotors look grooved and worn. So I definitely want to change them before winter sets in.

well, you should see the grooves in my old rotors after I finished hammering them off haha... did I mention there was a lot of rust? 0__o I would definitely stick to your basic options, but maybe go with a lower dust pad like I did and consider rebuilding the calipers if they're as gunky as mine were. if you're anywhere near amesbury, take a trip to turner motorsport and see what they have in stock maybe? their facility is super cool if you haven't experienced it yet
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