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mkh
10-13-2003, 12:38 PM
Has anybody had a brake service done on their X5 3.0i recently? I got quotes from 2 dealers replacing the front and rear pads and rotors for $1200. Just the parts alone cost $700 :yikes:. Does it sound right, or I got ripped?

Nick325xiT 5spd
10-13-2003, 12:45 PM
I show well under $400 for parts from http://www.bimmerparts.com

You might want to think about doing it yourself.

dbcinfinity
10-15-2003, 01:03 PM
I show well under $400 for parts from http://www.bimmerparts.com

You might want to think about doing it yourself.

I thought that our X5's are covered through warranty for 50K miles...
You cant do that? If you dont have that, I would suggest you going to a private place that does brakes...they'll definitely charge less...

mkh
10-15-2003, 01:43 PM
I thought that our X5's are covered through warranty for 50K miles...
You cant do that? If you dont have that, I would suggest you going to a private place that does brakes...they'll definitely charge less...
For MY2001, free scheduled maintenance is only covered to 36k miles. I have 38k, so I'm out of luck. From '02 on, you get 4yr/50k. Also, the dealer won't replace anything unless the brake service warning light lights up. Well, I finally got all the parts from Crevier BMW for $400 (they give discounts to roadfly members). Yes, standard retail price will rip you another $300. I plan to either do it myself, or as you said, take it to a private place for about $200 labor cost. So, the bottom line is, if you do it at the dealer, you'll have to pay double. That's ridiculous!

DZeckhausen
10-25-2003, 01:48 PM
I just replaced the front rotors & pads on Rich Kao's X5 4.4 (same brakes as 3.0), plus upgraded to StopTech stainless lines. We used Zimmerman rotors and Axxis Ultimate pads. Parts cost (rotors, pads, lines) was $296. Without lines, it would have been $229. Rear pads and rotors will be $140, plus another $75 for the StopTech lines.

I could not stand the way the calipers looked, with rust on half and the rest a dull dark color, so I painted them. I used Plasti-Kote silver engine paint rated at 1500 degrees F. Simply used a wire brush and brake cleaner spray to get the crud off the calipers and frame first, then sprayed with the Plasti-Kote and let it dry while I was swapping the rotors.

The calipers look so much nicer now, thanks to the extra 10 minutes of work painting them. I'll let you know how long it holds up. The paint is supposed to cure on a hot engine, but I think the bedding process we followed after the install did a pretty good job of heating them up!

The brakes feel much better with the higher Cf pads and the stainless lines. Looking forward to doing the rears in a couple weeks, since those rusty calipers look really bad compared to the fronts. Fortunately, they are deep inside the wheels and hide in the shadows.


http://www.zeckhausen.com/images/cars/BMW/X5/OEM_front_brakes.jpg
Before


http://www.zeckhausen.com/images/cars/BMW/X5/OEM_front_brakes_painted.jpg
After

gr8wall
11-13-2003, 08:46 AM
Dave, you da man! Brakes feels wonderful. After 3 washes the paint on the silver paint on the calipers are still holding :)

DZeckhausen
03-28-2004, 01:26 PM
Well, we got together again this Saturday and finished up the rear brakes. As before, we replaced rotors with OEM-style Zimmerman, swapped in Axxis Ultimate pads, and installed StopTech stainless steel braided Teflon lines.

As before, the calipers were taken off and all build-up of crud was removed with a brass wire brush. Then they were blown off with compressed air and cleaned with brake cleaning spray and clean rags until no more crud came off them. After they dried, we masked off the bleed screw and pluged up the opening where the line attached. Then sprayed with Plasti-Kote 1500 degree aluminum engine paint.

The brake lines were replaced with StopTech lines which were routed along the same path as the factory lines, held in place by two plastic clamps on the control arm. There was one section where the original line transitioned back into a thin steel tube and routed inside a third clamp. The StopTech line is the same diameter from end-to-end, so the line was routed outside that one clamp.

As usual, the first side took longer than the second side due to setting up for photos and learning how to remove things. For example, the lower caliper guide bolt is blocked by the rear shock can't be removed with a 7mm ratchet bit. It requires using one of those L-shaped Allen wrenches. Even with the L-shaped Allen "key" we still needed to jack up the rear suspension in order to create enough room between the head of the Allen bolt and the rear shock.

http://www.zeckhausen.com/images/cars/BMW/X5/OEM_Rear_brakes_1.jpg
Before



http://www.zeckhausen.com/images/cars/BMW/X5/OEM_Rear_brakes_2.jpg
Before



http://www.zeckhausen.com/images/cars/BMW/X5/OEM_Rear_brakes_painted.jpg
After



http://www.zeckhausen.com/images/cars/BMW/X5/Lines_Comparison.jpg
Comparison of StopTech and OEM brake line

Emission
03-28-2004, 05:19 PM
The painted calipers look very nice.

The corrosion has to be a result of car wash/acid to clean the wheels - especially when you notice it is only on the outside of the caliper.

I've never had any of my calipers "rust" - I do 100% home washing by hand.

BTW, are the X5 4.4 and X5 3.0 brakes identical?

DZeckhausen
03-28-2004, 05:48 PM
BTW, are the X5 4.4 and X5 3.0 brakes identical?Yes, they are the same.

Tominizer
04-01-2004, 05:38 AM
Nice work on the aftermarket brakes.


All I know is that I get my X5 serviced privately for most of the day to day maintenance. Only the BMW covered stuff goes back there. That being said, if you're going back to factory brake parts, get it done at a BMW dealership. I found that the cost to buy the parts and then have an independent service them is a lot more then then the cost at the stealership. The stealership charges more for the parts at the counter then they charge when you get the vehicle serviced there. I noticed there's a "deal" on brake service at the stealership for most vehicles. I'm in Toronto Canada. Not sure if that applies everywhere

mkh
04-01-2004, 10:03 AM
I found that the cost to buy the parts and then have an independent service them is a lot more then then the cost at the stealership. The stealership charges more for the parts at the counter then they charge when you get the vehicle serviced there. I noticed there's a "deal" on brake service at the stealership for most vehicles. I'm in Toronto Canada. Not sure if that applies everywhere
Don't know how the dealers in Canada operate but your claim is definitely not true in California. Please see my above threads #1 and #4.

fu98
12-04-2005, 10:51 AM
Don't know how the dealers in Canada operate but your claim is definitely not true in California. Please see my above threads #1 and #4.
not true in kentucky either...

fu98
12-04-2005, 10:52 AM
Yes, they are the same.
nice work d...... excellent post..

Zulu95
12-04-2005, 11:37 AM
Just bought Brembo rotors and Axxis pads $310 inc. S&H.

aborilla
04-26-2006, 05:25 PM
What is the minimum rotor thickness? Do I have to change the rotors when I change the pads?:dunno:

fu98
03-25-2014, 08:04 AM
I just replaced the front rotors & pads on Rich Kao's X5 4.4 (same brakes as 3.0), plus upgraded to StopTech stainless lines. We used Zimmerman rotors and Axxis Ultimate pads. Parts cost (rotors, pads, lines) was $296. Without lines, it would have been $229. Rear pads and rotors will be $140, plus another $75 for the StopTech lines.

I could not stand the way the calipers looked, with rust on half and the rest a dull dark color, so I painted them. I used Plasti-Kote silver engine paint rated at 1500 degrees F. Simply used a wire brush and brake cleaner spray to get the crud off the calipers and frame first, then sprayed with the Plasti-Kote and let it dry while I was swapping the rotors.

The calipers look so much nicer now, thanks to the extra 10 minutes of work painting them. I'll let you know how long it holds up. The paint is supposed to cure on a hot engine, but I think the bedding process we followed after the install did a pretty good job of heating them up!

The brakes feel much better with the higher Cf pads and the stainless lines. Looking forward to doing the rears in a couple weeks, since those rusty calipers look really bad compared to the fronts. Fortunately, they are deep inside the wheels and hide in the shadows.


http://www.zeckhausen.com/images/cars/BMW/X5/OEM_front_brakes.jpg
Before


http://www.zeckhausen.com/images/cars/BMW/X5/OEM_front_brakes_painted.jpg
After


how is the paint holding up zeck?

DZeckhausen
03-25-2014, 08:22 AM
how is the paint holding up zeck?

Unknown. I think the car was sold at least 5 years ago. ;-)

Scott ZHP
03-25-2014, 09:19 AM
FWIW, I use VHT silver caliper paint on my X5. It's only rated to 900F, but heat doesn't seem to be an issue and it holds up fairly well. Did them once at about 40k miles and then just this weekend at 132k. I remove the caliper from the carrier, wire brush both, spray them with Brakleen. I also remove and polish the carrier pins from the carrier; its easier than masking them.