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      12-06-2018, 08:52 PM   #1
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'12 135i Front Brake Pads

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It's that time of my ownership of needing to replace my front brake pads. Any of recommendation on which ones? Where to buy? How much to spend? Etc.

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I've got a 2012 135i if that matters!

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      12-07-2018, 08:11 AM   #2
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Also,

How much time do I have after it tells me to have them replaced? Obviously ASAP, but can it wait a bit?
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      12-08-2018, 02:49 PM   #3
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I'd recommend Akebono Ceramic pads for a daily. Super low dust, quiet, easy on rotors. Less expensive than pads from the dealer, but not the cheapest ones out there. Porterfield R4-S pads would be a close second, but only if you're a relatively 'enthusiastic' driver, as they're a little more dusty than the Akebono pads.

When the light goes on in the car, you've probably got around 1k miles until they're actually toast (daily driving conditions).
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      12-08-2018, 03:26 PM   #4
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Unless there is something recent, Akebono doesn't make 135i pads.
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      12-09-2018, 07:50 PM   #5
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I have the Cool Carbons. They are supposed to be low dust but they still dust. Quiet which I like. All in all do the job I wanted for a street pad.
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      12-09-2018, 10:50 PM   #6
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Porterfield R4S is one of the best street pads out there. Stoptech Sport is just as good.
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      12-10-2018, 07:24 AM   #7
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Stoptech sport are horrible. Worst pad I think I've ever used on the street.

Honestly, BMW OE pads are pretty hard to beat in terms of operating range and braking coefficient. Dust is just a function of your car being able to stop even when its 30f outside lol...
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Unless there is something recent, Akebono doesn't make 135i pads.
Oops, my bad. They do for the F30 335i, and the 128i, so I assumed they'd also make them for the 135i...

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Porterfield R4S is one of the best street pads out there. Stoptech Sport is just as good.
I love my Porterfield's. The best part is that both the R-4S and R-4 are compound-compatible, so you can swap to the R-4 at the track with no need to re-bed your rotors, or to keep a second set of rotors.

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I have the Cool Carbons. They are supposed to be low dust but they still dust. Quiet which I like. All in all do the job I wanted for a street pad.
I've heard awesome things about the Cool Carbons, especially the noise (or lack thereof).
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Oops, my bad. They do for the F30 335i, and the 128i, so I assumed they'd also make them for the 135i...



I love my Porterfield's. The best part is that both the R-4S and R-4 are compound-compatible, so you can swap to the R-4 at the track with no need to re-bed your rotors, or to keep a second set of rotors.



I've heard awesome things about the Cool Carbons, especially the noise (or lack thereof).
Yes, no rebedding when switching between the R4 and R4S!
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I called a couple local shops and they were quoting ~$500 just to replace the fronts! Is this normal?
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I called a couple local shops and they were quoting ~$500 just to replace the fronts! Is this normal?
I ended up buying BMW Front Brake Pads for ~$140 and got them installed at a local shop for $170.

Now I've gotta do the rear brake pads and he was gonna charge me ~$270 (parts + labor)
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I ended up buying BMW Front Brake Pads for ~$140 and got them installed at a local shop for $170.

Now I've gotta do the rear brake pads and he was gonna charge me ~$270 (parts + labor)
One hour of his time plus parts, that is normal.


Labor Information Skill Level Mfg. Warranty Standard
Replace
Front Pads B 0.0 1.0
Rear Pads B 0.0 1.1
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Originally Posted by bEchev25 View Post
I ended up buying BMW Front Brake Pads for ~$140 and got them installed at a local shop for $170.

Now I've gotta do the rear brake pads and he was gonna charge me ~$270 (parts + labor)
One hour of his time plus parts, that is normal.


Labor Information Skill Level Mfg. Warranty Standard
Replace
Front Pads B 0.0 1.0
Rear Pads B 0.0 1.1
Yep, but $500 is a bit excessive!
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      01-08-2019, 12:57 PM   #14
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bavauto.com for a ton of good info; parts & do it yourself (DIY) videos
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I'd recommend the Tarox pads
https://mp-uk.com/bmw/1-series/f20-f...eatured&page=2
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