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Old 06-23-2012, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brake Pad Sensor, Pex OR BOWA or BMW Genuine?

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I am going to buy a rear brake pad sensor for my 2005 530I. I was wondering which brand is better and if I buy the PEX or BOWA, do they work like the original one? The PEX and BOWA are much cheaper that Genuine. What do you prefer?
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Where is the closest dealership to you? I usually buy them at the dealership unless im putting in an order for other stuff online. Their only $15 each.
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I live in Omaha,Nebraska. I went to dealer and their price was 80$. I found PEX brand in autozone.com by 20$. where do you get by 15$?

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$80? Wow. When I bought my last set I got them at the local dealership for $15 each. Mins you my car is a lot older then yours and uses a different sensor.

Try BimmerSpecialist.com. I find they have excellent prices and everything I've needed they have had in stock.
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I would go with the BMW sensor. My dealer charges $15 as well. As far as i know the only design change is that there is more plastic on the sensors for the newer vehicles. It's still the same electronically speaking.
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I got PEX and I have put it on the car and it is working well.
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