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Have some questions about suspension or brake setups for your E46 BMW? Get all your answers here!

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Old 08-23-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Which brake pads and rotors?

My 2001 wagon is stock and will probably remain so. The brakes are excellent but the front pads are real low and although I have no brake pulse the rotors have quite a ridge on them.
SO, with out starting a war, is there a good brand of pads and rotors for my car that isn't some exotic set-up? I didn't put the last set on as I haven't owned the car that long. I have heard that Pagid pads are a good type. My gripe is that most rotors now are made in China! Any recommendation much appreciated.

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Old 08-23-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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Back when I was driving my Acura I was at the dealership getting my car serviced...and a guy pulled up with a loud sounding screech from his brakes. Since that day, I've always gone with OEM rotors and a really brake pad. I use on my bimmer the OEM rotors and Brembro brake pads. I don't mind the brake dust.. I just use a decent tire cleaner like something from 3M.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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You can get 2x front ATE rotors and 2x front ATE pads (both OEM brands) for $194.41 shipped using discount code SpecE30 from BMA Parts.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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Sorry, meant to say:

2x ATE rotors
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$150.62 shipped with code SpecE30
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:37 PM   #5
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I hate brake dust so I love my Akebono ceramic pads. Some say they have less initial bite but I don't see a big difference.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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Re: Which brake pads and rotors?

I run Akeebono ceramic pads on Zimmerman rotors, great setup, low dust and good bite

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Old 08-23-2013, 08:44 PM   #7
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:49 PM   #8
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I went with Zimmerman rotors and OpParts ceramic pads. Braking performance is not an issue, have to wait a while to see how the wear is.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:55 PM   #9
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My favorite setup so far has been ATE Premium One rotors and PFC Z-Rated pads. Very low dust, nice initial bite and progresses quickly as the pads warm up (especially when they're HOT!), nice firm pedal with excellent modulation and response, they don't fade during spirited canyon driving and the rotor and pad wear seem to be minimal! On tests, passengers are thrown out the windshield.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:04 PM   #10
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #11
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I'm going to get flamed for this, but I replaced my rear pads and rotors with Duralast parts. I don't track my car, and my suspension dates from late 2003 (on my list). If you are not into high performance driving, you should not spend $$$ for high performance brake wear parts.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:29 PM   #12
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I'm going to get flamed for this, but I replaced my rear pads and rotors with Duralast parts. I don't track my car, and my suspension dates from late 2003 (on my list). If you are not into high performance driving, you should not spend $$$ for high performance brake wear parts.
Brake parts are probably one of the most important parts of the car you don't want to skimp out on for quality...
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I get what you're saying about brake parts, but keep in mind that your 330 can get going pretty quick, which makes mistakes pretty bad. The only thing that can save you in that scenario is a good set of brakes.
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Brake parts are probably one of the most important parts of the car you don't want to skimp out on for quality...
I won't argue that. I drive "normally", which means I don't stand on my brakes going into a turn, and use them hard only in emergency situations. Granted, the front brakes are more important, but I've not noticed any issues with my braking using the Duralast pads/rotors on the rear brakes.

I'm not saying Duralast is superior, they are definitely not. I'm just saying that they suit the average driving style. If your driving exceeds that style, you need better brakes.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:18 PM   #15
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Zimmermann perforated rotors Made in Germany with Mintex Red Box pads...excellent, but do have some dust.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:28 PM   #16
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A very good point, although the better set up will last a very long time if that's how you drive, and might pay for itself anyway. I'm not saying anything bad about Duralast, that's the battery in my car, never had a problem. They make a better product than their marketing supports.
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There's basically nothing wrong with any of the pads mentioned here. It's all dependant upon your driving goals. DDing you don't need to spend a lot to get safe and acceptable braking performance, especially with how big our brakes are. If you're interested in things like harder initial bite, better fade resistance, low dusting, etc., you'll need to spend more. But again, none of this stuff matters if you don't track or do big windy back roads all the time. If you stay OEM, you'll have the same feel as from the factory. That's my personal recommendation if you want to stay with factory feel.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:19 AM   #18
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One of the things I like best about the ultimate driving machine is the braking performance.
So I use OE brakes.
Last time I bought pads, rotors, and sensors to be able to replace all four corners online from Tischer for $379.00, no tax, free shipping.
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I replaced with brembo blanks and PBR ceramic pads. Less dust and equal if not better performance. Have done a couple track days too with no problems.
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