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    hey every1 i was drivin quite hard the other day not as hard as i have in my e30's as its only a 1.6 n dont go very much but when i parked up the brakes were smokin like hell and while driving i lost nearly all braking
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    Probably cheap brake pads mate, would change them for some bm one's or after market
     
     

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    Its not hard to cook the brakes on most road cars, there are cars like the RX7 and Celica GT4 ST205 that came with almost fade proof set up from the factory, and some high end BMWs mainly 'M's that are supurb, a 316 isnt over braked out of the box tho to say the least.

    You need to replace the pads for better ones for sure, if you dont mind brake dust Carbotech XP8 for road use are phonominal, nothing else comes within a country mile for bite from cold and fade resistance, you run the risk of warping disks tho with better pads as you may get them upto silly temps with a strong firm peddle to the last. Bog disks are £££. unless you DIY a solution.

    You also now need to replace the fluid as a matter of urgency, brake fluid is hydrascopic at the best of time, but after it has bioled its down right dangerous. DOT5.1 is higher temp than 3.1 and common on most cars now anyway, but worth the upgrade if not, I dislike DOT4 simply due to not being compatable with 3.1/5.1 if you or some one else mixes them on a top up.
     
     

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    I have to agree with the comment about cheap pads. This is the most likely reason. Most of the stuff on the market is truly appalling and if we had proper government much of it would be banned. This stuff is optimised for 12mph in traffic jams.

    I haven't cooked any BMWs but I did have the brakes of a Volvo thoroughly on fire once after 3 hard stops from 100 on a single track road. It was really immensely frustrating sitting in the passing place, waiting for 4 oncoming cars to pass, while listening to the brakes cracking and popping and watching great billows of smoke emerging from the wheel arches! Driving on then blew the fire out. I replaced the pads with Mintex competition stuff after that. The discs were nice and clean! :-)
     
     

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    Ooops. Drove down the hill above Dores (beside Loch Ness) the other day and the brakes on the 318 got a bit hot. Both front and rear brakes completely cooked. Time for that brake upgrade I was thinking about.

    Has anyone used Mintex Xtreme pads?

    EBC brake shoes?
     
     

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