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: Brakes

06-11-2012, 01:25 PM
How much should I expect to spend on front brakes? Should I go to the dealer or can a brake shop do it and re-set all the indicators?

06-11-2012, 02:11 PM
You can just buy the Brakes online at, that's where I purchase my parts most of the times and then take it to a local shop to have them changed. My local mechanic only charges me about $125 for front and rear brakes (only labor) which I think is well worth it. So get the parts and take it to a local shop don't get ripped off by the dealer.

And as far as the resetting of the indicators that's pretty easy, just do a search and you can find a step by step guide...

06-11-2012, 04:24 PM
With no special favors from "friends", OEM rotors pads and sensors are going to run you $600-$700 installed.

06-11-2012, 06:56 PM
I had rotors and low dust pads from one of the forum sponsors which is well regarded and did all 4 corners for $600

06-11-2012, 09:56 PM
Just be careful if you get the parts yourself to make sure the pads come with shims on the back. I made the mistake of getting a set of axxis pads without them. While they have low dust and near OEM stopping power, they make a horrific screeching sound under light brake pressure. I'll be swapping them out very soon.

Ramsey Barnette
06-12-2012, 04:59 PM
Stick with stock rotors/pads unless you are tracking the car, BMW knows what they are doing when they select parts; they are designed to work together to give you the best overall performance/wear/feel/safety. The stock brakes are excellent! Ceramic are only good if you track the car, they take longer to heat up (less responsive than semi-metallic) and are typically more expensive, but when warm, they provide the most powerful stopping power. In my opinion, you should go OEM pads with a good rotor brand as well. There are others out there that can give you marginally better stopping power or less brake dust, but from what I've heard, it's hard to do much better than the stock combo. Hawk HPS pads are one that I've heard good things about. Axxis as well, although it's worth noting that the Axxis pads are NOT acceptable for even a few laps around the track. They will heat up and not work properly. That's why Textar or Jurid are better overall; they are autobahn ready and tested. With anything on the car, you better do your research if someone tells you there is a better part for less money, I would be very skeptical.

You can have a good Indy shop do the work for around $700.00 or the dealership can do it for $1,100.00. You could save a few bucks by purchasing either Textar or Jurid pads on Amazon and getting some rotors there too. The indy might let you bring the parts into the shop, call around and see. I used to search for a good Indy shop in my area.

This is a good post discussing in greater detail the different pad choices people have used:

If you are replacing yourself, be sure to bed the pads in properly. Huge step most people miss doing.