Bizarre really what BMW do with brakes, the bigger disc set up is superb. 330d Coupes come with the bigger set up, and the saloon doesn't
...because Immo is a loon and the brakes are HUGE, as in no smaller than 17" wheels will physically fit over them and the 18" wheels look pretty "full of brakes" - perhaps there is an age part to it too, for refrence Immo is a 53 plate.
Indeed would seem strange to put different brakes on the loons and the coupes with the same engine, but if they are bigger on the coupes, surely they will only be able to take bigger wheels? Like i say, 19"s cause the loon brakes fill the 18"s pretty well.
This thread was on my mind recently, normally while i drive quite quickly, i also drive quite calmly and only ever really give the brake pedal a little squeeze, using a lot of engine braking and just generally coming off the beans pedal in plenty of time. But the other night i decided to have a little play with my brakes, the pedal felt a little soft, so i thought something might be up.
Oh my Lord.
Those redstuff pads and turbo discs! i cannot recommend a brake upgrade enough, even if it's just the pads and the discs. It feels like someone stuck a metal bar through the spokes of the wheels, almost threw me out of my seat doing a 60mph - 10mph hard braking test!!
And that noise, maaaaaan they sound so cool GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR on light braking and a WHOOOOOOOOOOM as you come to a stop, i loves it.
Got to say, I feel almost too confident that if something happens in front of me (and i'm watching, unlike when I'm checking how clear a road is while the driver in front is hesitating! doh) I'm almost too confident that a good push of that middle pedal will bring immo to a stop quickly and easily.
... I do however, now and then, perhaps every few weeks, need to give the pedal a "pump" while stationary to firm it up again - it still stops just as well but the pedal can get a little soft unitl i pump it up - reckon this could be a symptom of anything?
Faulty m/c? :(
Finaly had time to fit the 335 setup to my 330d on Saturday.
Discs and calipers are a straight bolt on, no modification requred.
Initial impressions of the 335 setup are they have much better initial bite and can scrub of speed far quicker than the 330d setup.
Had a quick blast down a favourit A road and the 335 setup is far more resistant to brake fade.
All in all i would say a very worthwhile and easy upgrade.
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