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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 10-13-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Re-manufactured XI Rear Calipers?

Does ANYONE sell the CORRECT calipers for my '02 325xi? Seriously, PepBoys, Auto Zone and Advance Auto all sold me some BS calipers that were too small.

I can go OE, but BMW doesn't sell reman calipers, so $350 each doesn't sit so well.

I hear Cardone is the way to go. Does anyone have any experience here?

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Old 10-13-2011, 09:15 PM   #2
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rebuild it.
$20 rebuild kit per caliper.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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Napa? i bought some for my x5 in the summer.....
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:34 PM   #4
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I guess I could have rebuilt, but figured I'd "do it right" and already turned in the cores. This is an '02 with about 21k miles, so to say it sat is an understatement. The calipers were literally bleeding brake fluid. The discs were almost rotted through.

Thanks for Napa - I always forget about them. More like an 'old guy's' auto store IMO. Those guys are always douches that work there, around here at least.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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yeah most auto parts stores are.....atleast here in Canada napa was decently stocked.....i think i paid 265 for a caliper for my x5, bought them when doing my brakes, just in case...ended up returning them....but i thought i'd keep them in mind, carried oem brake sensors there too....
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:18 PM   #6
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:24 PM   #7
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Thanks for that. It looks like they know what they are doing.
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:27 PM   #8
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Same caliper as 323i, 325i, 328i, etc . . .

http://realoem.com/bmw/partxref.do?p...8135&showus=on
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:58 PM   #9
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Make sure there ATE, (ahh-tey) and not the dueognongs or whatever they are are cheap rebuilds and not treated so they will rust within a coupe thousand miles...just like mine did
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:13 PM   #10
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yeah stick to re man ones, so the core goes back...when i got them at napa, they all had bmw stampings on them...hence why they wanted my old ones....
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:19 PM   #11
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gitchies, I did that the 1st time around (of 3) and they did have the BMW stamp, but they were still too small. I think these manufacturers just have it wrong. Right part for A BMW, but not the '02 325i(s, x, whatever). I read a blog post here and someone else was having the same issue. My calipers were still too small with used pads on. Hopefully these Cardone's will work tomorrow. I really hate doing a job more than once. Once is fun, twice is a annoying and a third time is punishment.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:10 PM   #12
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FYI for any '02 E46 325xi owners that need rear brake calipers: I just received these from rockauto and they fit perfectly: A-1 CARDONE (192640) & A-1 CARDONE (192641) (they may fit other years/models, I just know they fit mine). AutoZone's Duralast DID NOT FIT and Pep Boy's ProStop DID NOT FIT - they were both too narrow to hold the brake pads and mount to the bracket. FYFI: I tried to tell BOTH stores that these absolutely were not the correct parts and they didn't give a sh^t.

I hope this helps some people. It took me 3 tries to get it right. Credit is due to a post on bimmerforums to look for Cardone and RockAuto.

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Old 10-17-2011, 08:45 PM   #13
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FYI, could also have purchased new calipers from sources such as Bavarian Auto Sport and turned old ones in at a scrap metal deliver for some cash (though steel doesn't bring much right now, at least they would have been recycled). Have no idea what you paid for re-man/re-built calipers, but I would have gone for new if not rebuilding them yourself. Both re-man/re-built and new have warranties, probably new has a longer period of time and new is less prone to leaking if the bore wasn't honed out cleanly, or the piston was forced in and cut the seal. The parts are available to rebuild, you need a drill and disc brake caliper hone and brake fluid for the stones. All marks must be honed out, the entire bore cleaned well. The seal installed and lube put around it before piston is pushed in. While re-building, new guide pins and seals/gaskets should be installed and lubricated correctly. The time to do a complete re-build, plus all the parts makes buying new ones not all that much more expensive, plus you have more peace of mind that you will not have a brake issue. I used to re-build them, now when I have a bad caliper, it is not quicker to replace it with a new one (and generally if I need to replace one on an axle, I replace them both so that there is even pressure).
Installing either re-man/re-built or new, once the brake line is attached, you can open the bleeder screw and start bleeding the air from it as you attach the pads and attach the assembly to the carrier. Close the bleeder before setting the pads. Once pads are set, you are ready for final bleeding, starting with the caliper furtherest from the master cylinder and working to the closest (right rear, left rear, right front, left front), making sure the master cylinder is full of fluid. Bleeding can be done the old fashion way with 2 people or with a brake bleeder, both will give you the same results. Finish by topping off the fluid level in the master cylinder.
Another hint; with any newer car that has ABS brakes, when removing the caliper to replace pads and/or caliper, either open the bleed screw or remove brake line before pushing piston back in so as not to push contaminated brake fluid back towards the ABS Control Module. A small piece of dirt, which is often found in a brake caliper, can be forced back to the ABS Module and clog it rendering it inoperative. This dirt can be greatly limited by yearly flushing of the entire brake system and new fluid put in (I recommend using ATE Super Blue, and it happens to be available in 2 colors so it is easy to tell when all the old is out and the new completely in).
Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:34 PM   #14
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Just tripped across this thread and figgered I'd drop my 1cent; I had to replace my front caliper and bought a Centric reman (great website BTW, lotsa good info) which has worked well so far after 8k miles, no leaks and good feel. I think I got it from Rockauto or ******************. I would get either of these brands again if I need another caliper...which I'm sure I will after a few more cold, wet, salty, slushy winters. They also offer rear calipers too.
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