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Old 07-25-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Need advice on best affordable replacement brakes

hi i am new to this forum and have been searching for hours but cant find much on what are the best replacement brakes. everyone seems to have a different opinion but i also noticed those threads are pretty old. i have an '05 ZHP coupe and am not really looking for an upgrade because i am satisfied with the oem brakes and i dont take it to the track or anything, but the oem brakes are ridiculously overpriced from BMW. if anyone has any recommendations for good and affordable brakes and rotors it would be appreciated. i am trying to stay under $500 thanks.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:12 PM   #2
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There are a number of places you can order from online that will be much cheaper than the dealer.
Are you planning on doing the work yourself?
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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I've had good luck with both Brembo and Zimmerman rotors as replacements for my BMWs and MB over the years.

As for pads, jurid, pagid or textar tend to be OEM for german manufacturers. I think the E46 generally has jurid or pagid pads.

I'm running Brembos and textar pads, no complaints so far.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:26 PM   #4
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thanks for the reply. yea i can do it myself ive just been reading a lot of mixed reviews on the different aftermarket brands. i was originally going to buy the kit from bavauto but saw some bad reviews on it. i was just wondering if anyone could recommend a good set of pads and rotors that are as good or better than oem. i know the stock rotors are bosch but they are way more expensive than other brands for oem performance and i was planning on replacing all 4
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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Ecs tuning has all the replacement stuff you could ask for
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:32 PM   #6
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i was just wondering if anyone could recommend a good set of pads and rotors that are as good or better than oem.
See the post immediately above by Colo330xi, which has some good recommendations. Many online vendors will indicate what are OEM compounds. You might try Autohausaz.com which also has free shipping >$50.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:50 PM   #7
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thanks sansho that site has some good prices on zimmerman rotors. does anyone think it is worth going for the slotted or drilled rotors or should i just stick with the oem flat ones?
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #8
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:28 PM   #9
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lol thanks spoolinspoon even better prices. i think ill stick with the bosch rotors since they are much cheaper there. any opinions on ceramic vs semi metallic pads performance wise?
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:47 PM   #10
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If you want the cheapest price, RockAuto.com! Seriously dirt cheap prices, and wicked fast shipping!... you get what you pay for, but still dirt freaking cheap!
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:09 AM   #11
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I've owned my 2005 325i for just over 4 years now. When I first bought the car, I picked up a set of OEM pads, rotors and sensor for the front. Last year I wanted to go the cheaper route, so I bought a set of jobber/after market, from Lordco. Canadian version of "autozone"

As long as I own this car, I will never ever buy any after market parts. This pads have been squeeling a month or so after they were installed. I hate them. But I refuse to buy a new set just yet. Like an idiot I lost the receipt.

Oh yeah I also bought a brand new pair of windshield wipers (Bosch) a few years ago. Yeah the suck as well..

IMO save up the money and buy OEM.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:23 AM   #12
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yea i bought a $30 bosch wiper that fell apart within a month luckily advance auto replaced it for free without me having a receipt. i saw autozone has ceramic pads with a lifetime warranty..anyone have experience with those pads?
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:39 AM   #13
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The best bang for your buck with staying as close to Oem is Akebono Euro ceramics pads. I have them and they work great with no noise and low dust.

With that being said, I want a more aggressive bite so I am switching to Hawk HPS pads next time.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:51 AM   #14
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Brembo vented (plain) and EBC redstuff ceramic pads. Perfect match, reasonable price, head and shoulders above OEM.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:59 AM   #15
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Zimmerman rotors, and Mintex OE replacement pads. I've 285K on the car, and this is OE=without issues or rotor warps. Arizona Autohaus. They dust a bit but if you wash your cars as much as I do, it won't matter.
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Textar are OE for my year. You can get the identical set of pads for around $50. They're brakes; do you really want to save $10 on a part that lasts 3-5 years?

My pads and rotors were replaced around 75K miles ago in all four corners. Textar pads and balo blanks.

60K miles later, all I needed to do was replace the front pads. The rotors were only halfway between original thickness and the minimum thickness. Rear pads were only halfway worn and the rear rotors were fine.

So, the cheapest you could get might just be a set of pads.

That said, if you've gotten your brake pad warning light, get to the work soon--700 miles after my warning light came on, I was down to 1.5mm of pad material. Another few miles and I'd have needed to also buy rotors.

Buy yourself a $10 micrometer and measure the rotors. If the brakes currently stop you smoothly, and the rotors are above minimum thickness (stamped on rotors; listed in Bentley), then all you need are pads.

There...$50 for OE brakes. Done!
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Brembo blank rotors (if you need them), coupled with OE pads offer the best solution.

In case you hate brake dust like I do, get Akebono Euro pads.
Although I've heard you lose a bit of brake bite with them, I have not noticed this since I'm only running them on the rears.

Going on week 4 and my rear rims are almost spotless
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the best bang for your buck with staying as close to oem is akebono euro ceramics pads. I have them and they work great with no noise and low dust.

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I've had good luck with both Brembo and Zimmerman rotors as replacements for my BMWs and MB over the years.

As for pads, jurid, pagid or textar tend to be OEM for german manufacturers. I think the E46 generally has jurid or pagid pads.

I'm running Brembos and textar pads, no complaints so far.
+1 this. BMAParts has these for competitive price, free shipping, 5% discount with a code and online order, arrives in app 3 days from order, and are very helpful if you call with any questions.

Just did mine and the original pads on my car (2006 330Ci w/45K miles) were Textar. Naturally, fit was exact. Pedal and bite same or (placebo) better than before. Yes, they are dusty but car stops on dime.
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I got my ECS tuning brake kit front and back Akebono pads brembo rotors! Very low dust!
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