On Saturday, August 20, 2011 8:44:52 AM UTC-7, Jeff wrote:
My local auto parts store gets me Balo rotors, made in Germany, and are reasonably priced at about $50-55/rotor.
For places to go, check out: pelican parts, ultimate garage and bav auto.
Note, if you want OE brake rotors - advantage is 2 year/unlimited warranty, there are several dealers selling them at discounted prices - 20-35% off. Check out passport bmw, pacific bmw, maxmillian imports (also bmw mobile tradition dealer) and tischer bmw.
Finally, pads are dependent on what you want. BMW OE pads have arguably the best stopping power, but are very, very dusty. Otherwise, for OEM, check out Repco/pbr, they have a variety depending on your driving condition. Good Luck!
The rotors wore out? Really?
I have cheap eBay rotors on my car -- slotted and drilled, no less -- that
were poorly made and had to be machined before I put them into service, but
now that they are on they work fine. I bought rotors that weren't true, and
because they're slotted and drilled, they cannot be turned on a lathe. I
called the seller and asked if they should be used straighth out of the box
or if I was expected to machine them first. He said they should be good from
the box, so he sent me more. Having brand new warped rotors on my car, I was
worried that the second set of new rotors would have the same problem so I
had them measured, they were also not true. I had them machined on a
flywheel grinder to make them straight, and them put them on my car. Then I
took the first set and had them machined also, and put them on the shelf to
be used later. Basically, I got a set of rotors for the cost of machine shop
time, about $60. I bought the El Cheapo eBay brakes, 4 rotors and two sets
of pads for $200, then got 2 more rotors for free, then paid 60-ish bucks
for machine work. So, $260-ish got me 6 rotors and front and rear pads. Not
What makes you state that the rotors wore out? What are the symptoms?
Basically, good rotors should run about $50 apiece, and good pads should run
about $50 per axle set. That puts brakes on all 4 corners for about $300 to
$400 for parts. I'm into my brakes, as I said, about $200 and they are fine,
but I don't drive hard. Well, I don't stop hard...
Your experience is smililar to mine. We may have purchased from the same
I bought two rotors for a cost of $100 and free shipping. They were cross-
My friend (an experienced mechanic) helped me replace the front rotors and
For the first couple weeks my braking was smooth as glass. Then, even after
a few weeks I started noticing a "shimmy" in the front when braking. Now,
after three months it is unbearable. Had a different mechanic check it out
and he said both front rotors are shot!!! He checked the suspension and
other things to make sure nothing else was contributing to the problem.
Unfortunately I did not contact the seller, thinking I just bought junk
I would really like to just buy something out of the box, put them on and
be on my way!
Any other suggestions?
Buy from ANY legitimate seller. When you buy off of Ebay, you don't know
what you are getting, and there is a good chance of getting counterfeit
or used parts. Sometimes the price is good enough that I'm willing to
run that risk. But for something that is a pain to install or something
that is a safety item (like brakes), I'd be more careful.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
I put a lot of value on my time. That's why at the end of the story about
the crap brakes that I bought before I knew they were crap brakes, and I
paid $200 for 4 rotors and all of the pads, I said that one should expect to
pay about $50 per rotor and $50 per set of pads, to get reasonably good
stuff, and way better stuff than what I got.
The only saving grace on my brakes is that I got a set of free rotors out of
the deal that I paid $30 for machine work to make them true. Had I bought
the crap I bought and NOT gotten a free set of rotors, then I would be no
better off price wise than going down to the corner and buying brakes from
AutoZone or Kragen.
So, if you want good brakes, be prepared to spend at least $300 for parts,
and you should expect to roll into the $400 range. I don't think anybody on
an Internet forum needs to spend more than $400 for parts UNLESS he has a
specific need for really good stuff, racing, for instance. The poor sloggs
that hang out here mostly rack up miles going back and forth to the salt
mine, and $300 for brakes should work out fine.
For low dust and effectiveness on the e39, try the following pads in
this order of preference:
1. PFC Z-rated
2. Hawk HPS
3. Hawk Performance Ceramic
4. Akebono Ceramic
5. Satisfied Pro Ceramic
Good brake pads aren't all *that* expensive, and poor quality cheap
ones can spoil the car. One man's meat is another man's poison,
though. Your mileage may vary. Etc., etc.
Why not buying original BMW?
Take the 100 bucks for the chunk brakes and add the cost of a full gas
tank. There you are and ride the next 100k miles without concerning.
BTW degreasing the rotors is the most important part.
Start with dishwashing detergent, a brush and hot water. Then pass on
to brake cleaner.
If you think the disks are 100% free of residue, clean them one more
time. Then clean them another 1-2 times.
When white toilet paper finaly stays white when forceful whiping the
metal surface, youre done.
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I have been using the NAPA ones. They last me on the average about two
pad changes, which works out to about every two years. But, I don't do
a lot of stop and go driving either. They are no Brembos, but I don't
drive like someone who needs Brembos.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
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