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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 03-25-2013, 04:37 PM   #21
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I have the same car. Mine's a daily driver with some spirited canyon driving too. I used Centric Posi-Quiet semi metallics, their Chinese rotors and of course sensors. Took me less than two hours. They stop great and no dust.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:27 PM   #22
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What kind brand of pads??
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:51 PM   #23
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thanks!!! so when i do a break upgrade do i need to change break lines as well or should i keep it as is?
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:12 PM   #24
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No need to change "brake" lines unless you wanted braided stainless steel lines for show (which no one sees anyway) but you definitely don't need them.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:20 PM   #25
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Okay so here is the deal!! I found a package with oem Barenboim rotors all around and PBR ultimate performance ceramic all around as well plus ATE super blue brake fluid!! All for 550??!!!! Is that a good price ??:/
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:00 AM   #26
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If you'd like to read more about the difference check out this post:
http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=958454
Nice, I learned a couple things from that post. I also learned more about your background. I'd say you're a subject matter expert. I'm just a hack consumer making assumptions suppliers who make the parts for BMW, retail the same stuff. That statement seems not to be true.

One thing that spooks me is, grey market parts. I've read factory rejects, let's say expansion tanks, don't pass quality control at the factory and end up being resold from shady distributors. Sometimes these parts get the BMW logo slashed with a mark or partially removed. Ebay is a suspicious outlet for these items. Beware of the too good of a deal, deal.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:59 PM   #27
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I have bought all my brakes from Turner Motorsport for many years as they have really good deals I thought.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:01 AM   #28
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I just installed Zimmermann Coat-Zs and Akebono Euro pads in the front and I love them
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