| Originally posted by zach@Dec 9 2004, 10:03 AM |
I just had my 2001 330i looked at and was told the rear brakes are at 4mm and the fronts are at 6mm. The used car place where I bought the car, Carmax, is going to pay for the rears and my dad has offered to split the cost of the fronts with me -- I'm not mechanically inclined so I'll probably take it to Chapman BMW here in Scottsdale, AZ. I was told over the phone that the cost was $350 per axle, which is lower than the $400 and $425 Sun Valley Imports quoted me.
My cost is basically $175 then to get all the brakes done... the car is at 50,200 miles and I don't know when/if the brakes were last replaced. Are the brake pads at appropriate levels to have them changed? Should I wait longer? I think it'll be a wise investment, especially considering the month of snow I'll probably deal with in Indiana.
I really hope you're getting rotors for those prices. Minimum specs for your pads as far as BMW is concerned is 3mm. When your pads hit 3mm, your brake pad warning light should come on. If I were you, tell them to screw off on the front brakes. You're good for another 2 or 3 thousand miles at least on the front. As for the rear brakes, you're best bet is to get them changed. If they try and sell you a brake flush...take it.
By the way, if you have any more questions...shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
, i'm a certified bmw tech.