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      12-23-2008, 05:06 PM   #1
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How long do the front OEM brake pads last?

I know the answer is "it depends" on the driving style / conditions, but I was wondering how much would the OEM pads last under "normal" / "average" driving conditions. Another way to put it is what would be the max and min life expectancy in km (or miles) based on the less / most agressive driving style.
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      12-23-2008, 05:54 PM   #2
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on my 335i, the rears had to be changed before the fronts. I know its a different car but i found it odd that the rears had to be changed at about 30k and the fronts were still good
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      12-24-2008, 08:21 AM   #3
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Rears being changed first is surprising... By 30k you mean 30,000 miles (not km) right?
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      12-25-2008, 01:38 PM   #4
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Depends...

Mine lasted almost 9k miles. I melted mine after 20-30 minutes at Sebring (DE not a race.)

BMW did not cover it at all and wanted more than $2700 for 4 rotors/pads/labor. I had it done at my local exotic mechanic for $1k less.
He was amazed how small the pads are, and there is no venting for the front rotors. It is a POS design for a "///M" car.

This is going to be my last BMW, after 5...
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      12-25-2008, 08:49 PM   #5
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$2700 for a complete brake job??!! Why so much?
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I would estimate 20-30K in miles without any track use.
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My previous E46 M3 the front pads did last for 60.000km ( 1st change from 0-60k km).................... I drove the car till 100.000 km, no problem what so ever ( So all in all just 1 replacement)

Indeed it depends all on driving style.........................and I admit; I`m just not a big brake guy................
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I got 22000 miles and half a pad left in front but I have not tracked my car.
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      12-26-2008, 11:32 AM   #9
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Idrive will give you the predicted front brake pad replacement miles based on your driving style.
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