Drives: 2002 M3, 2005 X5, 2011 M3
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Las Vegas
So in my 10+ year BMW club racing career, I replaced a lot of brake pads and rotors.
I'd experience about 0.001" - 0.002" of wear on the front rotors, depending on the track.
I usually ended up replacing rotors well before their wear limits as they would develop surface cracks that would catch a fingernail (highly calibrated instrument). Once a surface crack that large was detected, the rotors came off and were tossed into the scrap pile.
I never ran drilled rotors.
Now that I have retired from racing, I have more money to spend on the daily driver/track car (E46M3). I put on PFC direct drive rotors all around and they are ridiculously good (both in runout and durability). Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes, in my opinion.
The E90 M3 has one track day on it and less than 7k miles, so I'm not too worried about the rotors yet. Once the warranty period rotors are gone, then PFC direct drive rotors will be put on.
'11 E90 M3, Mebourne/Black/Fox Red/Black, 6MT, PP2, heated seats, moonroof, split folding rear seats, iPod/USB adapter, Technic harness, JL XD 6/600.
'02 E46M3, Imola/Black, 6MT, CWP, no sunroof, Ohlins, Eibachs, PFC DD rotors, PFC pads! HAT Clarus/Legatia speakers, 2 big amps in the back.
'05 X5 4.4i, Imola/Black, Premium, Cold, HAT Imagine 6.5's, Intravee iPod adapter