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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 08-10-2005, 06:28 AM
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Brake problem

Hello. I have a 2002 325i with 27K miles on it. I went on vacation about 5 weeks ago and the car was not driven during the time I was gone. But when I get back, I feel that something is wrong with the brakes. It is not that they feel weaker but I feel a vibration or drumming like feeling when I hit the brakes. I feel it all the time when I am driving above 40-50 miles per hour. I almost hear the drumming sound coming from the brakes when I hit them. It is as if there is something there that scrapes the brakes everytime I hit them. Any idea what is causing this? Is it something that should disappear as I drive?
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Old 08-10-2005, 02:24 PM
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Your car will develop rust on the rotors when sitting. The longer it sits, the more severe the rust. If your car did not have these symptoms prior to your vacation, then this is likely what you are hearing/feeling. How long was your vacation?
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Old 08-10-2005, 02:45 PM
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drive her nice n hard... "like u stole it" just have to get rid of the rust that has built up....
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:15 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I was on vacation for five weeks and I was told that it rained here (Atlanta) all the time in July. Hopefully, it will disappear within the next couple of days as I drive it.
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:17 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I was on vacation for five weeks and I was told that it rained here (Atlanta) all the time in July. Hopefully, it will disappear within the next couple of days as I drive it.
Five week vacation? Gah! Must be nice
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:37 PM
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Yeh, 5 weeks is a nice long vacation. Wish I could take a vacation like that. IMO, it's safe to say that rust on the rotors is your problem...drive it a few days and you'll be fine.
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:41 PM
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Thanks. I was in Spain, Germany, and Turkey. Long vacations are one of the few good things about being a professor.
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Thanks. I was in Spain, Germany, and Turkey. Long vacations are one of the few good things about being a professor.
That and co-eds
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Old 08-12-2005, 08:32 AM
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Thanks. I was in Spain, Germany, and Turkey. Long vacations are one of the few good things about being a professor.
One of the bad things is the 9-month appointment.
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