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#1 (permalink) Old 05-29-2004, 07:34 AM
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i have been told of some problems by my mechanic that my 328i se 1996 needs:

1. New brake fluid, any reccomendations? any standard of the shelf be good enough?

2. brake pads, normal OEM perfectly good? or shall i use a "branded" one you can get from the shops?

3. rear spring, are that really fragile? my car has only done 74K !! i will replace both rear springs (as only one is a bit dodgy), again BMW OEM ones fine? or shall i buy some branded ones you can get from garages etc


any idea's guys???
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These are based for the Canadian model:

1. Get the BMW fluid (DOT #4). Like the anti-freeze, it's formulated for your car and not that much more

2. Brambo. Much less than BMW's and work great.

3. BMW's OEM. Otherwise you should replace them in pairs are the sprong rate will be different. I'm surprised you have to replace a spring with your low mileage. Hopefully your car didn't experience some "extreme conditions" in the past.

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I have the sprinf issue checked by someone else.

As for brakes, Mintex makes good pads that are also supposed to be lower dust emiiting than factory. My wheels still have dust, but nothing like other bimmers.

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What do you want with your car? For normally use get BMW OEM. Otherwise buy aftermarket parts. Search here at the forum for some good aftermarket brands.

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ok, is it a good idea to replace all brake pads (frnt , rear) as it will cause a braking imbalance and tires to wear down quicker on the newer brake pads?

also, replacing both rear springs and need to replace the front too????

any good OEM makes for brake pads/springs?
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What you asked does not sound like poblem. sounds like reqular maintenance.
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I think the general rule with breaks and suspension, is if you're changing something make sure to do it to both sides. IE Front brakes- left and right. You don't always have to replace everything at each corner, but the most imbalance will be felt with old parts on one side and new parts on the other.

Simple terms- replacing just the front pads would be just fine. Or, replacing just the rear shocks would also be just fine.

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i bought some rear brakes for $27, installed them myself... took about 45 mintues without any compressed air tools. they work fine.

maybe you should spend the extra money to get the dustless pads

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maybe you should spend the extra money to get the dustless pads
Where can you get them? And are they good, I mean, no extra wear of the brake discs?

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