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Old 01-30-2013, 08:10 PM
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Akebono Brake Pads

I have been running Akebono Euro Ceramic Pads on my E65 and my son's E46. I love these pads because they keep your wheels so clean. You can literally wash your car and keep your wheels clean for weeks. I realize that everyone here is using warranty for this so demand for aftermarket pads is low but I think that will change this year as the 2009's come out of warranty.

Anyway's I contacted Akebono this evening and asked them to make these pads available for our cars. I offered to let them test on my 750i. These are great pads and if I get them, I will replace even paying out of pocket when I still have warranty. Love keeping the wheels clean.

I will keep everyone posted on what I find out.
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Just an FYI before you spend time and money on aftermarket brake pads.
I had a 2003 E65 and a 2006 E66, and now have a 2011 F02.
Not sure why, but break dust is MUCH less of an issue with the F02.
When I had the E65 & E66, I would clean my wheels every week. If it went two weeks, the wheels were BLACK.
Since getting the F02 my driving habits have not changed, but find I can go about 6 weeks before the wheels look really dirty and black.
I have no explaination for this, but recommend you live with the new car for a month or two before getting involved with changing the brake pads.
You may find it unneccessary.
Can't help you with the angel eyes. I may be the only board member unfazed by the appearance of the stock AEs - I can honestly say they don't bother me in the slightest.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:02 AM
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Just an FYI before you spend time and money on aftermarket brake pads.
I had a 2003 E65 and a 2006 E66, and now have a 2011 F02.
Not sure why, but break dust is MUCH less of an issue with the F02.
When I had the E65 & E66, I would clean my wheels every week. If it went two weeks, the wheels were BLACK.
Since getting the F02 my driving habits have not changed, but find I can go about 6 weeks before the wheels look really dirty and black.
I have no explaination for this, but recommend you live with the new car for a month or two before getting involved with changing the brake pads.
You may find it unneccessary.
Can't help you with the angel eyes. I may be the only board member unfazed by the appearance of the stock AEs - I can honestly say they don't bother me in the slightest.
Good luck and enjoy the new car.

Starting in 2010 for the 7 Series, BMW added Regenerative Braking (like on a Hybrid Model). I had a '10 and '12 7 Series, and brake dust was all but gone. I could literally drive my car every day, and only need to clean my wheels maybe once or twice in 2+ weeks of driving. Almost NO brake dust. That is the difference with older BMWs.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:47 AM
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Just an FYI before you spend time and money on aftermarket brake pads.
I had a 2003 E65 and a 2006 E66, and now have a 2011 F02.
Not sure why, but break dust is MUCH less of an issue with the F02.
When I had the E65 & E66, I would clean my wheels every week. If it went two weeks, the wheels were BLACK.
Since getting the F02 my driving habits have not changed, but find I can go about 6 weeks before the wheels look really dirty and black.
I have no explaination for this, but recommend you live with the new car for a month or two before getting involved with changing the brake pads.
You may find it unneccessary.
Can't help you with the angel eyes. I may be the only board member unfazed by the appearance of the stock AEs - I can honestly say they don't bother me in the slightest.
Good luck and enjoy the new car.


I didn't know that. Thanks for the information.

I hated the E65 brake pads
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:48 AM
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Starting in 2010 for the 7 Series, BMW added Regenerative Braking (like on a Hybrid Model). I had a '10 and '12 7 Series, and brake dust was all but gone. I could literally drive my car every day, and only need to clean my wheels maybe once or twice in 2+ weeks of driving. Almost NO brake dust. That is the difference with older BMWs.
Thank you sir!
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Yea I believe the major brake manufacturers have tried to get rid of brake dust as much as possible.

With my 08 Charger SRT, I'd have to clean them once a week. The Brembos would spit dust even on short trips. Now with my '12, I could go a couple weeks until it became noticeable.

Very little dust with my F02, same story as my Chrysler, if I needed I could get away with not cleaning for a couple weeks and the car would probably be dirtier than the wheels.

Still wash my cars once a week though
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My 09 F02 doesn't have regen brakes, so it gets dirty within 2 days.
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Same here. 09 F01 and only a few days before I get annoying brake dust.
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Now that brake dust is a ding on JD Power surveys, manufacturers are working hard to eliminate excess dust. My 2011 550i and both of my '12's have no measurable dust after a week of driving....
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:01 PM
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Mine is an 09 also so it sounds like these still have the terrible brake pads. I will keep everyone posted on the Akebono brakes. If I don't hear back I will drive to their office and try to talk to someone.
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Now that brake dust is a ding on JD Power surveys, manufacturers are working hard to eliminate excess dust. My 2011 550i and both of my '12's have no measurable dust after a week of driving....
Wow didn't know that, I usually hold JD Power and CR as irrelevant when shopping for a car - and still do. But its good that issues like that are showing their faces, forcing manufacturers to fix them. They need to start holding manufacturers accountable for this garbage "orange peel" paint that many brands have, not exclusive to domestic/german/japanese these days.
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Ok. I heard back from Akebono today. They are sending me a front brake kit to try out. I will test and post back with the results. As of today they don't make a rear kit. I asked them to consider making the kit as demand would increase as these cars come out of warranty. I will let you all know what they say.
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Update on the rear pads. They say that they won't be making them due to the small number of these vehicles currently registered in the United States. See screenshot attached.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:32 AM
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Update on the rear pads. They say that they won't be making them due to the small number of these vehicles currently registered in the United States. See screenshot attached.
Did you ever end up testing these out? I assume you switched them yourself?

I just got my front and rear pads, and was planning on swapping them out this weekend.
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They work fine. Swapped my new 2013 already with only 100miles on it. Brake dust be gone!
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Thanks guys. How's the squeeling? Are you guys just doing the fronts? My back doesn't seem to dust too badly


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That's great news. I'm planning on getting these on this coming week when I get my springs put on.

Anybody have a writeup for swapping the pads? If you got it done at the dealer, how much did it run?
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Why not just use a 2011-13 oem pad? They have zero dust now....
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Why not just use a 2011-13 oem pad? They have zero dust now....
I had dust on my 2013 only after 100 miles. With ceramic, none.
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I had dust on my 2013 only after 100 miles. With ceramic, none.
I never get any whatsoever on both my 12's....
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Why not just use a 2011-13 oem pad? They have zero dust now....
Oh They have no dust compare to previous pads used but they get dusty black with in 1-2 weeks, but the Akebonos have ZERO dust and I mean ZERO as the wheels remain clean unless it rains and you get the dirt on the wheels, had a 535i & 550i both 2013 and they got dusty quick .
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Did you ever end up testing these out? I assume you switched them yourself?

I just got my front and rear pads, and was planning on swapping them out this weekend.
Yeah I am running these now. Akebono actually told me that they did not make rear pads to work with the F01/F02. The rear pads from the E65/E66 do work perfectly however on the F01/F02. Akebono sent me a free front set to try out and I bought the rears on Amazon.com. As everyone else has said.....zero dust. This is the best Mod you can do to your ride in my opinion. If you like clean wheels, this is a no brainer.


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