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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 08-16-2016, 09:31 AM   #1
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Xi rotors, pads, calipers selection

Hi all! A while ago I saw on here a fairly cheap but name brand brake setup that I was going to pick up for my 03 xi, but I forgot where I saw it and can't seem to find it again. The poster thoughtfully included a "good, better, best" comparison with prices and even links to the actual products. Does anyone remember that post or where I might find it? If not does anyone have any ideas for a basic street setup? I'm a girl who doesn't drive very fast so I don't need anything special. My rear passenger rotor feels uneven and I want to replace everything at once. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:24 AM   #2
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I just bought new brakes for my car all the way around and ended up using different sources for parts based on what was cheapest/best quality I thought I would get.

UUC had a deal on rotors with free pads and a tshirt - I bought my rear rotors and pads from them. I planned on just doing that and then I ended up buying parking brake shoes and hardware from Rockauto.

I thought my front brakes were fine and then realized the pad material had separated from the backing so I had to order those as well. I ended up buying a brake kit through FCP and spent a little extra for Zimmerman rotors and Akebono pads. I haven't installed yet but they seem pretty nice and zinc coated. FCP also has a lifetime warranty on parts and free shipping. They were a little more than some other sites but for the lifetime warranty, I thought it was worth it.

Not sure about the prior post you referenced but just my two cents.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:42 AM   #3
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These parts from FCP--lifetime warranty--are the best for the price, in my opinion:

x2 - https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...xi-z4-40406001

x2 - https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...i-e46-40406171

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...set-rear-d936t

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...t-textar-d946t

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...xi-34356751311

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...6i-34351164372

1 per axle - https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...te-83122296187

x4 - https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...ew-34211161806

I always make sure to buy bleeder screw caps if I've never done the brakes on a car before. These tend to get brittle and fall apart over time:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bra...t-cap-scantech

If the caliper clips are original and corroded, they should be replaced as well:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...em-34211159963
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:00 AM   #4
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I just bought new brakes for my car all the way around and ended up using different sources for parts based on what was cheapest/best quality I thought I would get.

UUC had a deal on rotors with free pads and a tshirt - I bought my rear rotors and pads from them. I planned on just doing that and then I ended up buying parking brake shoes and hardware from Rockauto.

I thought my front brakes were fine and then realized the pad material had separated from the backing so I had to order those as well. I ended up buying a brake kit through FCP and spent a little extra for Zimmerman rotors and Akebono pads. I haven't installed yet but they seem pretty nice and zinc coated. FCP also has a lifetime warranty on parts and free shipping. They were a little more than some other sites but for the lifetime warranty, I thought it was worth it.

Not sure about the prior post you referenced but just my two cents.
Thanks for your two cents! I appreciate it.
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:01 AM   #5
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These parts from FCP--lifetime warranty--are the best for the price, in my opinion:

x2 - https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...xi-z4-40406001

x2 - https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...i-e46-40406171

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...set-rear-d936t

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...t-textar-d946t

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...xi-34356751311

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...6i-34351164372

1 per axle - https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...te-83122296187

x4 - https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...ew-34211161806

I always make sure to buy bleeder screw caps if I've never done the brakes on a car before. These tend to get brittle and fall apart over time:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bra...t-cap-scantech

If the caliper clips are original and corroded, they should be replaced as well:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...em-34211159963
Thank you, sir, I'll look into all this as soon as I get outta work.
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:49 AM   #6
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FCP also has a lifetime warranty on parts and free shipping. They were a little more than some other sites but for the lifetime warranty, I thought it was worth it.
I can't praise FCP enough. The first pads I used were noisy, so I ordered the Textars, sent the old ones back, and got a refund. No discussion. That simple. They're happy to warranty anything.

FCP also price matches if you're not using a coupon code on the order. So if you find the parts for less, you can submit a price match request.
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:34 PM   #7
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Although I buy almost everything from FCP Euro, brake parts for me come from www.brakeperformance.com

I've bought from them for years, but only in the brake department...
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:04 PM   #8
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FCP Euro is located in Milford CT, if you are close.. you can just stop in to pick up the parts.
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Old 08-18-2016, 01:10 PM   #9
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FCP Euro is located in Milford CT, if you are close.. you can just stop in to pick up the parts.
I live near the Massachusetts border, I couldn't be any farther away from Milford. Thank you, though!
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:55 PM   #10
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I've tried basically every decent rotor and the only ones I recommend are Genuine BMW or ATE coated.

The only pads I've tried and didn't like were the garbage Akebono ceramic pads. They don't belong on a BMW in my opinion. Stopping power is laughable.

Leave the calipers alone if there aren't any problems. ATE type 200 brake fluid is tough to beat. The cheapo sensors work fine no need to buy OE.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:05 PM   #11
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Hi all! A while ago I saw on here a fairly cheap but name brand brake setup that I was going to pick up for my 03 xi, but I forgot where I saw it and can't seem to find it again. The poster thoughtfully included a "good, better, best" comparison with prices and even links to the actual products. Does anyone remember that post or where I might find it? If not does anyone have any ideas for a basic street setup? I'm a girl who doesn't drive very fast so I don't need anything special. My rear passenger rotor feels uneven and I want to replace everything at once. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Stock brakes, check out ECS Tuning for good deals.
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:01 AM   #12
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FCP Euro is located in Milford CT, if you are close.. you can just stop in to pick up the parts.
You can't. They are not allowed to have pickups by customers per Milford law since they are in an industrial area. Trust me, I asked them.
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:31 AM   #13
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You can't. They are not allowed to have pickups by customers per Milford law since they are in an industrial area. Trust me, I asked them.
We've actually been working on that. We still had customers coming in regardless and we're not going to lock our doors. We have some plans coming in the future for local customers. Can't say too much since nothing is set in stone.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:03 AM   #14
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Awesome!! I remember you told me about the situation there with pickups. Maybe I'll drive up just to get my front shocks next month
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:05 PM   #15
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just did this

Just installed new calipers, rotors, and pads on my 325xi all around over the past month or so.

Pads are posi quiet
Rotors are Pagid in the back and Zimmerman in the front
Calipers were rebuilt (BMW) so after the core charge is refunded they only cost about $50 each which is a deal.

They were out of stock on the Pagid when I ordered the front stuff so I went with Zimmerman. Based on what I see I think the Pagid are better but time will tell.
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