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Old 02-21-2011, 12:34 AM   #1
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How long should your OEM brakes last?

Does anyone know what the average lifespan is for the brakes on our e46's? I have 67,000 on my original brakes and my friend has 80,000 on his!

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Old 02-21-2011, 02:21 PM   #2
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I've been running my OEM rotors and Axxis Ultimates for a while now...at least 60,000 miles. I still have plenty of pad too. I do not drive that aggressive though.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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Brake wear has more to do with the roads you drive. For some metro city drives, you have to brake every 1/4 mile. For country roads and interstates, you might not brake for 50 miles. That makes a big difference in brake pad life.
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:58 AM   #4
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My commuter went 125K on the OEM brakes! Sure glad they are gone though. Clean wheels finally with Axxis Metal Masters!
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:58 AM   #5
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Depends entirely on what type of pad (organic or semi-metallic), and driving habits. I know people who have to replace their brake pads every 5000 or so miles and also I now some of them how have replace their after 60 000 miles, actually this one guy was using wagner brakes .These people tend to wait til the last minute to apply their brakes when approaching stop signs and such, and use organic pads. I generally can get in excess of 50,000 miles from mine. I tend to use down-shifting as a braking aid, and use only semi-metallic pads.
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:41 PM   #6
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just changed all 4 at 47,000
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