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Hey guys,

Just abit of background info, I got a 2006 BMW 318ci M Sport Convertible for my birthday from the parents, got it from BMW Stratstone so I knew it was "perfect" and comes with the 1 year warranty..

Just been browsing c3bmw.co.uk, just randomly and was wondering, is it worth paying excessive price from BMW for changing the pads/discs or is it worth getting after-market pads/discs from a site like c3bmw.co.uk

Or how about something like http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360151960572&_trksid=p2759.l1259

By fitting after-market brakes, what happens regarding the brake/abs sensors?

Just wanted to know peoples opinions,

Thanks guys! appreciate all comments...
 

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I would suggest that you keep away from unbranded discs. Use something like ATE, Brembo etc...and Textar, Jurid, Mintex pads. Visit your local GSF store and see the combinations available :thumbsup. Personal set up recommendation would be Brembo MAX and Textar ;)
 

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Seconded :thumbsup
Stay away from cheap brake parts. Ive seen cheap pads break up when hot. Ive also seen cheap grooved discs crack..:mad
 

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Try EBC or someone like that, I've got them on mine and they are fine.... BMW charge a lot for both parts and fitting, with a little common sense you can fit them yourself..... I have started to, and I wonder why I ever paid anyone to do it....

Tom
 
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Well the ones on c3bmw.co.uk are made by a company called Jurid and they come with the sensors as well by the looks of things...

My brakes aren't due for a while, but would be good to get some research now so when they need changing I'll know where to go

Do you guys know any good websites for e46 brakes/discs?

Thanks lads!
 

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Well the ones on c3bmw.co.uk are made by a company called Jurid and they come with the sensors as well by the looks of things...

My brakes aren't due for a while, but would be good to get some research now so when they need changing I'll know where to go

Do you guys know any good websites for e46 brakes/discs?

Thanks lads!
Jurid are oem:thumbsup
 
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Yeah, because Jurid brakes (pads+discs) from c3bmw.co.uk - for both front + rear, comes to £170 and i'm sure I can learn how to fit the brakes myself or goto a decent BMW specialist and it'll be alot cheaper than BMW!
 

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Stay away from cheap replacement brakes and pads if you can. Its false economy in the end, these cheap disc's always warp and rust terribly and look like shit after about 2 months.
 

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Go to www.gsfcarparts.com (German and swedish) you can check you local branch here http://www.gsfcarparts.com/branches.html and pick up the BMW replacements think they are textars (around £35), they are the same as the BMW originals and if your looking to do it yourself here is a link to instructions below I don't have an M3 but the instructions were the same..

Front:
http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_front_brake_pads.shtml (changing the senser shown here)

Rear:
http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_rear_brake_pads.shtml

If the indicator has popped up on your dash you will have to change the brake sensor that set it off, there is one on the front and one on the rear they are easy to fit and cost about £7 each.
The whole rear process took me about 1 hour but would have been quicker as I was juggling the time with something else, its easy to do and I wont be taking it in to do again as it will be a complete waste of money

P.S. That is a really nice bday present hope you enjoy it :)
 

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Hey guys,

Just abit of background info, I got a 2006 BMW 318ci M Sport Convertible for my birthday from the parents, got it from BMW Stratstone so I knew it was "perfect" and comes with the 1 year warranty..

Just been browsing c3bmw.co.uk, just randomly and was wondering, is it worth paying excessive price from BMW for changing the pads/discs or is it worth getting after-market pads/discs from a site like c3bmw.co.uk

Or how about something like http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360151960572&_trksid=p2759.l1259

By fitting after-market brakes, what happens regarding the brake/abs sensors?

Just wanted to know peoples opinions,

Thanks guys! appreciate all comments...
Bugger your brakes!! Ask your parents if they would like to adopt a son :D

Nice car, and its good advice to steer clear of cheapo brake parts.
 
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That's great, thanks guys - really appreciate all the posts

haha, yeah its my second car - I got a Lexus IS200 as my first car and then after 6 months, they bought me this e46 convertible - its fantastic, kinda wishing i got an e46 M3 but then again, i'm only 19 years old :)

its awesome :D
 

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IS200 as a first car?!

Fair

Im not jealous at all :shifty:

You've gotta be on for a ferrari next?! :rofl
 

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yeah m8..got to gsf carparts or bmw themselves and if your not up2 it..get a compotent mechanic who can..a lot off aftermarket cheap brands are crap..the discs are sumtimes thinner and altho they say they look good..they warp far easier and the pads dont line up properly!!it can be heartbrekn partn with the dough..but its worth it!
 

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if theres one part of your car you should NOT try and save money on its your brakes!
GSF will point you in the right direction mate :thumbsup
 
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But then if you try not to save money on brakes, wouldnt it be more sensible to go via the BMW Genuine option?
 

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But then if you try not to save money on brakes, wouldnt it be more sensible to go via the BMW Genuine option?
Theres saving money and then theres being ripped off :shifty:

Go down GSF and they will advise you on what brands are worth the money :thumbsup
 

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I second Amure1, I got my stuff from GSF and they are 1/3 of the price and excellent brakes (Brembo Discs & Textar Pads).
 

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If you are new to wrenching on motors I would not suggest you start with brakes...:eek

That aside I agree with everybody else - use top quality components. It is never worth compromising safety in order to save a few quid!
 
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