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I have just bought out my lease-end 2007 535i with CPO but no extended maintenance contract, which costs too much for additional 2 years. My question is: If the brake pads are worn out during 4 years, BMW will replace them free of charge, but if they are worn out say a month after four years, then I'll have to pay approximately $800 to replace them. Since I only drive 8,000 miles a year, (I have 26,500 miles now,) it's unlikely that I will need new pads in a year when the maintenance program expires. Should I drive and brake more often so BMW will replace the pads before 9/2010?
Also remember that doing more driving and braking not only uses the pads, but also your brake fluid, brake lines, calipers, guide bolts, master and slave cylinder, etc., etc. Putting extra wear and tear on your entire brake system only to get the benefit of a pad change under warranty is not worth it in my opinion.
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