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Greetings.
Vehicle: 2008 535i.
Needs: all four rotors, all four brakes, brake sensors, wipers, air filter, cabin filter and battery.
I just created an account on this site and am looking for help on where to buy parts. I saw that on eBay you can get a complete set (four rotors with brake pads) for under $300. My concern is that that is cheap stuff. I am willing to pay more for quality. Within reason, of course. Last thing I need is for the brakes to squeal or not function properly. I am not looking to buy something that I would have to replace again soon. Durability and performance are important for me. Just wondering if the other users had to replace rotors/brakes and what the recommendations are for manufacturers. I also need to replace the wipers. I took off the originals because they were streaking and got a pair of Goodyears from Costco. That was a mistake. They are loud and they vibrate. The vehicle also needs a new air filter and a new cabin filter. Any recommendations as to where to buy those items from? Finally, the car needs a new battery. I was thinking of picking one up from Costco unless someone recommends against that. They have the Kirkland brand batteries.

You thoughts on this package: http://tinyurl.com/n8xz2lk
 

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Thanks Vamsi. R1 Concepts seems legit and they are local to me. I did some additional research online and it appears that the company Brake Performance receives high praise: http://www.brakeperformance.com. Also, I am leaning towards DRILLED and SLOTTED for the rotors and ceramic for the pads. I mentioned that on the battery I will pick one up from Costco. I will let you know. On the wipers, air filter and cabin filter, I am thinking Auto Zone. They have local stores so I can pick the items up directly.
 

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R1 Concepts

Which would you recommend?
R1 Concepts Rotors: Pemier Series or Eline Series?
R1 Concepts Brakes: Ceramic, Semi-Metallic, Metallic or Extended Wear?
 

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For brakes R1 is good. Last I checked getting their premium line was about a grand tho...For that price I decided to pick up a complete set of OEM M5 brakes for 80o shipped, that includes calipers, rotors, pads, sensors with guaranteed 75% life left, at least.

For me and wipers, at least staying up in the Pacific NW, basically in Seattle, I find OEM works the best. Unfortunately I don't have $70 dollars for almost two sets a wipers a year, well I do but I don't want to spend it on wipers, so I either scour ebay for a deal on OEM or see if this deal is still going on. I have a few sets and they have the OEM connection, which I have found that some, like Bosch or Valeo, that claim OE do not. They work great for the price I paid for them.
http://forums.5series.net/e60-discussion-2/amazing-deal-wipers-130272/

For engine air filter you can go with either AFE or BMC reusable filters. I just found out while looking for a recharge kit for my BMC that they are more of a bike filter company than car. I ending up ordering from sport bike website. Doesn't really effect the quality just letting you know.

For cabin filter go to Amazon and search for e60 cabin filters. Mann is the supplier to BMW. Their was a discussion a while ago about the quality compared to the ones with the BMW stamp on them. Basically holding the OE and OEM side by side the OEM one looked to have more charcoal in it. Personal choice really on whether paying almost double to not hit the recirculate button is worth it, maybe.

I've heard any battery that meets or exceeds what the car calls is ok. There is debate on whether you should register it afterwards, that's a personal choice also since some say they never do and its fine while others say weird stuff happened until it was registered. Basically registering the battery tells the car's charging system to charge the differently than it would an old one.
 

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Hey Etnav, thank you for letting me know that Amazon sells auto parts. I had no idea that they have gotten into that space. Their prices are way better than Auto Zone. Here***8217;s how I am leaning and please give me your opinion.
Air filter: http://tinyurl.com/npqv2gy good price for the performance air filter
Cabin Air Filter: http://tinyurl.com/ojopea8, http://tinyurl.com/nzgpoyh, http://tinyurl.com/ofesb3t or http://tinyurl.com/qh2z74z
Wiper blade: http://tinyurl.com/qypma62 no clue which one to get all I know is the GoodYears suck!
How do you like the M5 rotors/brakes? I am willing to pay $800 if they are that good. Will they fit normally on 535i? Sorry if this is a stupid question but OEM means genuine BMW part, right? And OE is after market?
Good note on registering the battery. I***8217;ll tell the guy doing the work for me. I hope he knows how. You***8217;re thinking that the alternator may be overcharging a brand new battery.
 

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Amazon is amazing, I buy sooo much stuff off of there. Its only good for a few auto parts tho.

I don't see any reason not to get that filter. I just noticed you have a 535, are you planning on modding it anytime soon? If you are, I would recommend just a standard air filter until you get a dual cone intake.

I have ordered that first cabin filter in the past and haven't had any problems with it.

Go here for wipers to make your pick http://www.fcpeuro.com/BMW-parts/550i/Wiper-Blades/?year=2006&m=20&e=2024

I have not received my set yet. I ordered them on Wednesday. I also got some brake fluid from Acute Performance and a set of Stoptech SS brake lines to go with them. The guy is a little slow with shipping but its a great deal. Regarding fitment I believe the 535 has the same brakes as a 550. The brakes are a direct bolt on except for the rear dust shield that has to be trimmed to fit the bigger calipers.

Go to this site troyjeup.com and give him a call tomorrow about a set of brake. That's what I did BUT I should tell you that he kinda had some issues last year with shipping some M5 motors internationally. I know this is a long read but go here and see the entire story and then make your own decsion http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e6...scussion/303241-troy-jeup-sales-feedback.html

You are partially correct. OEM is things like the Mann Air Filter with a BMW stamp on them that the dealer uses and OE is SUPPOSED to be things like the Mann filter without a BMW stamp, same thing as dealer just no stamp.

That's is what some people say about the registering process. Since you charge an order battery differently than a new one.
 

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I'm shopping for rotors and pads soon, 10% coupon on R1 brakes, code: r1brakes10
 

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Hey Etnav:

Looks like Bosch are the BMW OEM wiper blades looking at the link you provided. Looks like one is shorter than the other. So a 24***8221; and a 22***8221;. From amazon, this http://tinyurl.com/ows9okj seems to be identical to what is on fcpeuro.com. Hopefully Costco***8217;ll take back those GoodYears.

Reading the comments, looks like I will need two of http://tinyurl.com/ojopea8. Kinda stupid that they sell it in ones when the car takes two.

Curious why you think I should go with a standard air filter over http://tinyurl.com/npqv2gy. More air flow, acceleration and increased horsepower. No plans to modify the 535i but what did you have in mind? I am open to suggestions. I***8217;ve never driven a 550i. Is the difference in power between 535i and 550i that noticeable? My dream car is a M5.

I took a look at http://tinyurl.com/nb6ysda. They sell used parts. Why would I pay $800 for that when I can get brand new 535i parts for half? Are the used M5 parts that much better than brand new 535i? So those will fit right onto my 535i or so they need to be modified? I think I am leaning on getting brand new 535i parts.

One more question, I need to top off the oil. A quart should suffice. What oil do you recommend?

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SpudRay.
 

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Thanks for the coupon code Jager. So you're going to make your purchase from R1? Have you looked into brakeperformance.com instead? You're going to get cross-drilled and slotted rotors? Do you prefer Ceramic, Semi-Metallic, Metallic or Extended Wear brake pads? Nice Bimmer man! Thanks for posting a picture. I like the color.
 

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If you aren't planning on modding your 535 then the filter you previously mentioned is good. I haven't driven a 535 but from what I heard stock vs stock there isn't much if a difference between the two. Now if you chip it for a few hundred dollars you should be able to get about a hundred more hp. If you are interested in that, I'm sure other members here will chime in.

If you are not planning on modding the car then the stock brakes should be good. I like the look of the bigger brake setup and the added stopping power plus they'll look awesome behind my M6 rims.. The only thing that would be modified would be the little shield behind the rotors.

I would say the oil is a personal choice as long as meets BMW LL01 standard. Mobile 1 is the go to easy accessible choice. Available at Wal-Mart or any other place really. I personally use lubro moly, from bavauto.com. The only problem is not having an extra bottle quart if needed.

Sorry about any major grammar errors, I wrote this on my phone.
 

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I have the R1 brakes with Hawk pads. They work great. The brakes in my car will stop you right NOW! I don't see any reason for bigger brakes from an effectiveness standpoint unless you track the car. A flash tune or piggyback is more than two hundred! A JB4 is 500, a Cobb is 850.00. I have the Cobb and really like it, no way you pick up a hundred horse though with stage one tune!. The tune is the first thing you should do before anything else, it will really wake up the car more than you can believe. If your coils or plugs have a lot of miles on them it is recommended to change them out first. Good luck!
 

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The Bosch Icon blades have a funky connector that I don't care for. Costco does not sell a battery for the E60. I've used Akebono Euro ceramic pads with great results.


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Don't forget Rockauto.com.

Not necessarily for brakes but for many parts you can choose from several brands and they have great prices. You can always find 5% discount codes via google and paste it into the "how did you hear about us" blank to knock a little more off the price.
 

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I went with StopTech drilled rotors and Hawk pads for my car and i love them! I bought them from Tirerack.
 

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I have used R1 many times in the past, and on my E60s, R1 Premium rotors only for me. Had them matched with Hawk HPS pads on my old 530 and loved them. +1000 on Acute Performance, they will take good care of you.

If R1 is close to you, then so is O'Reilly Autoparts, I like them better than PepBoys or Autozone. They actually have an ideea what they are talking about (sadly, more than the parts guys at the local dealers).
 

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