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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 10-06-2013, 03:55 PM
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Mein Auto: BMW 330i ZHP
ZHP rear brakes

I need to change my rear brakes on the ZHP.
Looking around, I found more choices than I could want.

This seems to be the best option I've found:
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...Kit/ES2515296/

It's inexpensive, free shipping, and seems to include everything I would need to get those brakes replaced.

It's so inexpensive, they even offer a "Performance" version for what BAV charges for their rear brake kit (scroll down):

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...g/Service_Kit/


Is there something I'm overlooking? I do do spirited driving, including through the mountains occasionally, but the OEM brakes seem to work perfectly for me, save for all the brake dust.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:14 PM
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I have learned the words CHEAP and BRAKES shouldn't be in the same sentence. Stick to Brembo or Zimmerman for rotors (no drilled) and Mintex/Pagid/Jurid for pads (or more exotic stuff like EBC or Axxiss)

I just put Brembo rotors all around and as always am super happy with them. I also tried out the new Brembo ceramic pads. They look good, just not sure I am sold on them. Less dust, but less bite too.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:36 PM
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Thanks for the advice, I'm putting together my own list:
Brake Pads:
http://www.bmaparts.com/item.wws?sku...EX&weight=2.60

Rotors:
http://www.bmaparts.com/item.wws?cli...RMANN&sup=IMC&

Set screw:
http://www.bmaparts.com/item.wws?sku...NE&weight=0.02

Sensors:
http://www.bmaparts.com/item.wws?cli...r=PEX&sup=IMC&


Total comes to $175 + tax. Everything is brand name, and I'm not going for any performance gimmicks.
I'll probably order this unless someone else has something to add.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:44 PM
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I have learned the words CHEAP and BRAKES shouldn't be in the same sentence. Stick to Brembo or Zimmerman for rotors (no drilled) and Mintex/Pagid/Jurid for pads (or more exotic stuff like EBC or Axxiss)

I just put Brembo rotors all around and as always am super happy with them. I also tried out the new Brembo ceramic pads. They look good, just not sure I am sold on them. Less dust, but less bite too.
Could not agree more! Cheap is for Camry's and such, you have a very special car and it deserves the very best. That does not mean the most expensive, folks on these forums have tried just about everything. Do the research and then shop the suppliers for the best price.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:05 PM
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Just bought new brakes all around from Max at oembimmerparts -- Meyle rotors and Akebono pads. I'm so tired of brake dust that I'm going to give the ceramic pads a try.

Question: how likely is it that I'll need new rotor screws? Do they strip easily? Didn't order those, so it's a trip to the dealer if I need them....
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