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Old 02-24-2005, 06:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My pops was told he needs new brakes at 25,000 miles for the rear of his 2001 330xi or ix I cant remember. But he is pretty pissed. It is a highway car and he has never replaced brakes so soon on any car. Is it typical for rears to go this early? They said the fronts were ok. That sounds pretty odd. There is only 25,000 miles on the car. He bought it used with 11,000 miles. The car is certified pre-owned and looks absolutey pristine. The engine compartment looks like perfect and we live in New York so there should be some oxidation. The car is mint so i believe the mileage. The last 14,000 miles have been all highway. I have an e30 and talked my pops into this car. He is not happy about the potential hunger for brakes. What is the typical mileage? Thanks
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Brake pads aren't what they used to be. In the "old days" of asbestos which were included in the pad, they'd go on forever. I'm new to Bimmers, but I'm not new to brake jobs. I live in a mountainous area in Vancouver, BC and I was going through pads almost once a year - crappier pads now, though I do know you can get better ones. 25,000 miles works out to be around 40,000 kilometres and I would be happy to get 40,000 Klicks out of a brake pad.

For the rears to go first is unusual in my experience, but my experience has been with FWD cars. The pads up front usually get the brunt of the braking task and are usually the first to go, with the rears following latter. I do wonder if somehow at some point they were dragging on the car.

I have a 2002 330xi and it has 24,000 Kilometres on it, so I know I will have to replace the pads in the next 10,000 to 15,000 kilometres, maybe earlier because of the steep downhill driving and braking I sometimes do here. Living in North Vancouver can be hard on brakes.
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The E46 runs an almost 50/50 brake split so it's not unusual for the pads to go at the same time and 25,000 isn't unknown, the only thing to explain the fronts being OK is may be the car had a brake fault when new i.e. judder and the dealer fitted front discs and pad
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well, I don't know about how your dad is driving his 330xi. But, I have an 04 325i and just today replaced my rear pads, the light turned on at 24k miles, they were still good when I had them replaced today, and I put an extra 1000 miles on them.

Brakes in general should not go at the same time..... bmw's have bigger brakes on the front and smaller on rear... when you're slowing down, the bigger brakes in front are stopping the most weight, regardless of how the weight is distributed, as far as stops are concerned..... all weight moves to the front of the car.

I drive my car pretty hard, and very fast... I also have put only highway miles on my car... I am happy to have had the rear brakes last this long... the fronts were gone nearly 8000 miles ago.

anyway... enough with my back history on brakes....

is the brake pad warning light lit in your dad's 330xi?

if the light isn't lit, they don't need to be replaced, end of story.
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