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The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 12-28-2017, 02:14 PM
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Brake Cost/Service

6 months ago bought a used 2014 X5 50i. Anyway, since I've had it, when I start the car a message comes on in the dash that says service 3100 miles. Meant to keep asking about from the dealer. The mileage has never changed, it's always been 3100 miles.

When for an oil change yesterday at the stealership and the girl at the counter said that I'd would need new breaks in 3100 miles - aha! 3100 miles. I went into the menu and looked at service, it says brakes are fine, when I scroll over it... it does say 3100 miles. I've put about 200 miles since my oil change and it still says 3100 miles - I'm assuming that the 3100 mile service reminder that pops up at startup is relevant to the breaks (since that number has never changed).

My question first....

The dealer said that new breaks for frunt and back would cost about $1,800.... at the time, they were trying to sell me on extending my service agreement which ran out 7 days ago (didn't know about the maintenance agreement since it's my first Bimmer). They quoted me $2,695 for a 2 year extension. I saw on the paperwork he printed out that the the MSRP was $2,499... already they were trying to sell $200 above MSRP. I declined the extension. My questions are....

Are the break pads/rotor replacement really that high? $1,800?

I bought the car with 23,969 miles on it. It has 32,500 now, do BMWs really need new breaks at 35,000 miles? that seems extreme.

How does that sensor work? The girl was trying to explain it to me, but is that 3100 an estimate on when the brakes need replacement. I find it odd that I've put 10,000 miles on the car and the 3100 number hasn't changed.

With that being said, I haven't had an issues with the brakes at all.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:12 PM
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shop around... i got a quote from Brakes On Wheels, they quoted me 800-1000. I'm at 54K still good to go.
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Old 12-29-2017, 09:37 PM
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Order the parts yourself and have do the labor. $300 total (parts & labor) for rear brakes on my e70 50i.
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:24 PM
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Always use OEM when it comes to brake & rotors - sounds like dealer was charging for rotors and brake pads - I was quoted around $2k as well for all 4 rotors and brake replacements but end up doing it myself with OEM parts and costed me under around 850. Best would be to order parts yourself and have a local shop do it (should be under 200 in labor).
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:35 PM
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$1800 - that’s crazy town! Remember that they have to cover their costs plus make a profit - in that $1800 is the cost of that gourmet coffee or free WiFi ( among other things) you enjoy at the stealership while they rip you off. I have done this myself and very easy to follow:

1. Order parts online - I recommend ECS tuning or Turner Motorsports. Lots of choices out there but these are the two I use the most. Total cost about $400 - includes sensors, etc.
2. Find a trusted Indy mechanic and have them install them if you are not a DIY’er. Brakes and rotors are super easy but if you don’t have the right tools or patience - go to a mechanic. Total labor $150-$250.

Anything in the ballpark of those numbers is good.


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Old 01-01-2018, 07:12 PM
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As for the sensor - often times that sensor gets “stuck” on a value and won’t change. My car was “stuck” on 2300 and my Indy said there are multiple reasons it happens but most common is sensor failure and/or pad thickness so minimal it has a hard time accurately projecting mileage.

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Old 01-04-2018, 10:37 AM
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Parts you can get down in the sub 500 buck range with an autospecialty (similar to stock rather dusty pad compound and rotors) set up from Power Stop (LINK to the pad/rotor/service kit), labor will depend on your indy.

Going with all genuine BMW parts at dealership markup paired with dealership labor rates, I'm not shocked by the dealership quote but yeah dealership work out of warranty can get very very pricey.

As for the sensor, my wagon and two of our shop cars say the pads are brand new... but they are far from new. They are finicky and sometimes fail in non "on off" ways, I always suggest replacing them when you change your pads for this reason (chances are you'll damage the sensor during removal of the pads).


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