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X6 E71 / E72 (2008 - 2014)
The BMW X6 luxury crossover went on sale in April 2008 as a 2009 model year. BMW referes to the X6 as a Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) as it combines the attributes of an SUV (high ground clearance, xDrive and all-weather ability) with the stance, styling and roof line shape of a coupe. The E71 X6 was built off the E70 X5 (2007 - 2013) platform at BMW's Spartanburg, SC plant. Total worldwide sales were just over 235,000, sold mostly to the BRIC countries. US total sales was 34,082 vehicles.

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Old 04-09-2013, 02:28 AM
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Post X6 50i Brakes & Dust Build Up

Hi Folks,

My new baby will soon require the brakes to be given a refresh - from the prior service history I know that the following parts apply:

34116791514 <- Front Brake Pad Set
34356789502 <- Front Brake Pad Sensor
34116793243 <- Front Brake Disc

34216768471 <- Rear Brake Pad Set
34356789505 <- Rear Brake Pad Sensor

A few questions for those who have been through this before, as I intend to source the parts myself:
  1. I'm guessing, but is the Rear Brake Disc part code 34216793246? (I've checked the fantastic realoem website and this appears to be the part, but as there are three to choose from, I'm not entirely certain).
  2. I hate the dust build up on the rims - it happens very quickly and I've found that changing the pads for one that are low dust can give excellent results. Has anyone got a recommendation about alternative pads that they can suggest?

Further to the last question - a Google search seems that folks solve the dust problem (on other cars) using ceramic brake pads. I'm interested in whether other X6 forum users have experience here:
  • Do the ceramic brake pads work well (and have the same life) as the regular brake pads?
  • Do I need special Brake Discs to get the benefit of the ceramic brakes (and if so what should I use)?
  • Is there a recommendation for a particular ceramic brake product that seems to work best on the X6?
  • In the case of specific ceramic brake products, do they simply snap into place as would the regular pads, without requiring anything additional (i.e. the BMW pad sensor works as before)?

Having being a previous X5 owner for 8 years, I know how these heavy cars can chew through brakes, so I wanted to better manage the process from the start rather than wincing when the dealer calls to tell me that the brakes all need replacing

Thanks all for your help/suggestions!

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