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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 11-21-2012, 04:01 PM
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Brake pads need changing ...which ones to buy???

Hi All,

Ok so just bought my second Bmw E46 but upgraded this time from the baby 318CI Coupe to the 330CI Msport Convertible on a 2001 Y reg.

Break pads are at the limit and been offered a few choices...Jarid - Mintex - and some really cheap and nasty budget rubbish

Any opinions on this...Car just for road use and not thrashed around, have my little ones in the car though so want good safe stopping power!

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:34 PM
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I have the same question need to change front only. Any wise suggestions for a 2002 325i? Thank you.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:47 PM
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I need to buy some to, looking at PBR semi-metallic.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:44 AM
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Mintex is good. I was wondering if you guys have Wagner in the EU? Have had good luck with them. Also liked Brembo on my older Nissan, but those are too expensive for the BMW IMO.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:38 AM
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I'm running Hawk Ceramics. No complaints so far, other than they can get squeaky at times. Dust isn't TOO bad, but it's more of a brown dust than a grey or black dust.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:42 AM
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hi all,

ok so just bought my second bmw e46 but upgraded this time from the baby 318ci coupe to the 330ci msport convertible on a 2001 y reg.

Break pads are at the limit and been offered a few choices...jarid - mintex - and some really cheap and nasty budget rubbish

any opinions on this...car just for road use and not thrashed around, have my little ones in the car though so want good safe stopping power!

Cheers
hi well i have the 325i e46 and i find the platinum disc pads work very good for me in wet and dry conditions. It also does not leave a lot of dust on the mags.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:48 AM
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:53 AM
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What disc to buy

YES I BELIEVE THEY ARE GREAT BUT NOT AVAILIBLE FROM OUR LOCAL DEALER
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:30 PM
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I just replaced my stock rotors and pads with new Zimmerman blanks and Axxis XBG (formerly MetalMasters) pads, and am a little disappointed. I made the switch because Turner claimed the XBGs have performance on par with stock pads, but much less dust. Well, after bedding in the new pads and rotors and changing the brake fluid, I can tell you the performance is not as good as stock. That great initial bite is gone, and it takes more push on the pedal to get the same amount of stopping. I've gone about 300 miles on them so far, and repeated the bedding procedure, with no improvement. They will stop, of course, and if I wanted to I could activate the ABS, but the nice, strong bite is gone. But hey, my wheels are cleaner, FWIW.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:34 PM
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Well i am not sure if you can get ferodo out there but back here by us the ferodo platinumís are superb in the wet and dry weather.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:18 PM
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I just put a set of Akebono Ceramics on my 330Xi and I really like them a lot....they seems just as responsive as the OEM ones and the definitely bite harder
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:27 PM
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HI SEAN YEP WE DONíT GET THE PRODUCT MAKES YOU GET OVER THERE BUT I WILL SPEAK TO MY NIECE AND SEE IF SHE COULD SHIP ME A SET AND I WILL TRY THEM AS SHE LIVES IN ARAZONA.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:18 PM
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Well i am not sure if you can get ferodo out there but back here by us the ferodo platinumís are superb in the wet and dry weather.
Yup.. Wagner is made by the same company. Love them.

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Old 11-27-2012, 04:51 PM
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I agree i use them on my beamer, beetle 74 model and also my 1.6 corsa sport.well i have to just go check up on the workers as i have five sections to run.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:59 PM
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Akebonos rock! No visible dust and great performance!
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:11 PM
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YUP I JUST LOVE MY 325I AS WELL HAD PLENTY OFFERS BUT NO THANKS IT IS MY TOY AND IT IS SO COMFORTABLE TO DRIVE. VERY NICE PIC.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:04 PM
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I'm happy with my Jurids. They're an OE supplier. Nice bite and no fading but tons of dust as trade-off.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:13 AM
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:20 AM
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Yup you get good quality pads out there it is a matter of time to find the suitable ones for you that you feel comfortable with. It si just for me the ferodo platinums have exelent breaking power and almost no dust.
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