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Old 01-07-2005, 05:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, kind of a newbie, and wondering if you can help me with this. I'm just curious as to the average cost to get the thermostat of a 2001 330Ci replaced. Unfortunately, my warranty ran out not too long ago, and of course, almost on cue, my check engine light came on. The guys at the shop said it was the thermostat.

Also, about how many miles do the brake pads last, from your experience? Do cross-drilled rotors really reduce the amount of brake dust on the wheels? Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-07-2005, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey,
My friend just got his thermostat done on a 2000 328ci. I believe the part itself is only about $100. I'm not sure how much the labor would come out to, but I heard there's quite a bit of work involved. I'm also not sure if there's a different price for the 330 thermostat.
I don't know much about the brakes, sorry.
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Old 01-07-2005, 06:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally posted by jenn330ci@Jan 8 2005, 12:03 AM
Hi, kind of a newbie, and wondering if you can help me with this. I'm just curious as to the average cost to get the thermostat of a 2001 330Ci replaced. Unfortunately, my warranty ran out not too long ago, and of course, almost on cue, my check engine light came on. The guys at the shop said it was the thermostat.

Also, about how many miles do the brake pads last, from your experience? Do cross-drilled rotors really reduce the amount of brake dust on the wheels? Thanks in advance.

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This is a tough question to answer because
A. I don't believe in automatic transmissions since they do more of your car control. As such we tend to use the brakes much more often since they have less control over the drive train in general.
B. The laws regarding break pads materials-non-asbestos-some rotors can warp and cause the steering wheel to shake.
C. City driving vs. highways, and driving habits all play a major role in brake pads wearing. On average my own pads last me over a year with mixed driving.

Thermostat? I am not so sure if it is capable of triggering a check engine light unless the car overheated. Iíll say about $50 parts plus labor depending on your local mechanic heart and ethics.

check this pic of your thermostat and housing for less than $50

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Old 01-08-2005, 11:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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cross drilled rotors if anything at all would incrase dusting. drilling or slotting is done to enhance braking performance.


if you want less dust, you need to buy different compound pads (ceramics from hawk i hear are nice, so are ebc greenstuff, but i have NOT used any of them).

stock set up lasts with a regular driver and mixed hi-way city about 30 kmiles.
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yes, if you need new brake pads then you could consider get performance pads from "hawk performance" i have some on my car and they create almost no dust. they also work better and are supposed to last longer.
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jennifer (white 330):

hawk makes very good pads, but be cautious cos some have very similar names. so:

1. the HPS pad is the one you likely need. this is the one that does NOT squeal, leaves little dust and is most similar to stock (i could not tell a difference from stock in terms of performance).

2. the HP PLUS pad i the one you likely DO NOT want. it squeals like hell, and leaves a ton of dust, also WILL shred stock rotors to nothing in 20kmiles. i have this one now for about a year: i am extatic about the increase in performance, but i have a sense that you may not want to trade it for the negatives.
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Thanks, everyone, for your help and input. It helps me to hear various opinions and stuff!

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Originally posted by jenn330ci@Jan 9 2005, 06:10 PM
Thanks, everyone, for your help and input. It helps me to hear various opinions and stuff!

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You should buy the extended warranty if you still can, i might be worth it if you decide to keep the car for a while.
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