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Old 08-15-2003, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new here and hoping someone can shed some light on this subject for me. I am actually a Porsche guy, but my father owns a late model 740 and recently received news from the dealer that his brake pads and rotors needed replacement. This is only after 38,000 miles. The dealer said BMW put on softer rotors to increase the braking ability at the expense of rotor life.

Does this sound right?
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I am new here and hoping someone can shed some light on this subject for me. I am actually a Porsche guy, but my father owns a late model 740 and recently received news from the dealer that his brake pads and rotors needed replacement. This is only after 38,000 miles. The dealer said BMW put on softer rotors to increase the braking ability at the expense of rotor life.

Does this sound right?
Softer brake pads I've heard but rotors also?? Hmmm..
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It's a standard practice at the dealer to replace pads, rotors and sensors. Supposedly the rotors weren't designed for re-use. Not to mention there is a whole liability factor involved as well not to mention customer satisfaction. Sure enough the one time you only quote pads, the customer is going to throw a fit or something fails and causes an accident, whatever. According to BMW, to maintain OE braking performance the rotors should be replaced as well and also completely flush the fluid every other year or more frequently depending on the abuse the brakes take.
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