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Originally Posted by 441tech
It's your pads and rotors. You need to use BMW's OEM rotors, not aftermarket. Also, BMW's pads a 100% ceramic. Most of your aftermarket pads contain some percentage of metallic compound. It is this characteristic that gives you a squeal at light braking pressures, and after driving, the heat build up in the brakes combined with fresh dust will cause a squeal.
It's a bit more expensive, but worth it. It's quiet, and the car stops better and evenly. You have the EXACT same issue I had with my '99 323i, along with many other customers in the past. There is not enough 'goo' in the world to prevent squeal from non-ceramic pads.
Replace BMW brakes with BMW brakes. I guarantee this will solve your problem.
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