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#2528723 - 02/07/12 07:19 PM Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi
barlowc Offline


Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 2012
Loc: Southeast Michigan
My brother e-mailed me today. His 2008 BMW 528xi has 69K miles on it and I guess there's some kind of indicator saying that he'll need new pads in approximately 1K miles.

I've done pads and rotors on three cars before. A 98 Grand Prix, a 99 Grand Prix, and an 02 Civic. The instructions/procedure for doing the BMW look pretty much the same.

Anyone have a 5-Series and have a pad recommendation? I took a peek at AAP's site and saw Akebono, Wearver, and Beck/Arnley as options.

When replacing the pads, I should really get the rotors turned, right? (That's assuming there's still enough thickness to be turned.)

If they need to be replaced, AAP listed Akebono, Wearver, and Beck/Arnley as options just like the pads.

Thoughts and input appreciated, as always. cheers
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#2528752 - 02/07/12 07:37 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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The Centric's on Rock Auto are a "favorite." My mechanic likes ATE on foreign cars. Both are available, at a significant price difference.
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#2528769 - 02/07/12 07:49 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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Originally Posted By: barlowc

When replacing the pads, I should really get the rotors turned, right? (That's assuming there's still enough thickness to be turned.)

BMW's stance on the subject is that they don't recommend turning the rotors. They recommend replacing both pads and rotors at the same time. The old rotors will typically not make it through a second set of pads and you don't want to be putting on new rotors on old pads.

As far as brands, I'd actually recommend sticking with OEM. I've tried aftermarket pads such as Akebono which although helped reduce brake dust, were not as good performance-wise as OEM.

By the way, you will also need to purchase a wear sensor. I don't think one comes with the pads.
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#2528806 - 02/07/12 08:16 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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Audi brake pads have the sensors built-in, if you stick with OEM.
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#2528820 - 02/07/12 08:25 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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The best pads I have found for BMWs for least dust and closest to OEM performance is AXXIS/PBR Deluxe Plus.
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#2528827 - 02/07/12 08:31 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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ATE and Akebono are very good for BMW's..
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#2528833 - 02/07/12 08:39 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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Dont turn the rotors, measure them with a dial caliper to see if theyre still within spec, which should be stamped on the hat of the rotor. I think its 27.6mm but its been a while. As far as pads, Id go with Akebonos. Ive had good results with them so far on my S4, as well as other customers BMWs. Otherwise ATE, Textar or Pagid are OE.
I cant stress enough to try and avoid cheaper pads. BMW stresses their brake pads much differently than many manufacturers and can lead to chipping, cracking or fracturing of the pad. The DSC system in the car "preps"the pads if it senses you lift the pedal suddenly by bringing the pads within 1mm of the rotor face and priming the abs pump. If in the rain, depending on what wiper speed, it will bring the pads into contact with the rotors very slightly, wiping the face of the rotors and drying the pads. It can heat the pads to cooking hot in an effort to keep them dry in a heavy downpour if it has to. It uses the brake wear sensor to measure the pad life/depth, so its important to replace the sensor everytime.


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#2528851 - 02/07/12 09:01 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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#2528856 - 02/07/12 09:08 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
nleksan Offline


Registered: 11/20/08
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Loc: Cincinnati, OH
Stoptech ST are inexpensive and outperform every other street pad I have used, including Axxis Dlx/Ult, Hawk HPS, EBC (all), Akebono Euro Metallic/Semi-Met, Cool Carbon, OEM, and about a half dozen others.
Very good stopping power, long life, very low dust, strong initial bite even in subzero temps, no noticeable performance degredation in wet (tires lost traction before brakes lost clamping power, and that is with Michelin PS2s/Pilot Super Sports and Pirelli P-Zero Nero/Corsa System tires), and when bedding them initially they only lost about 10% of their power after 13th consecutive 70mph-5mph full-powered stop (it was literally accelerate to 70mph in 6-7sec then immediately slam on brakes then fully accelerate, and so on... I had smoke coming from wheel wells before I noticed a loss of grip).
I use them on my 325i daily driver with Stoptech slotted rotors, Stoptech SS lines, and Motul RBF600 fluid as well as on my 328 with its 6piston 14.8" 2pc slotted floating rotors front / 4piston 14.25" (same 2pc slotted) rotors rear Big Brake Kit with ST SS lines and RBF600 (for the street, different pads for track). I have not yet had to replace any of them, with over 60k hard miles combined.
Seriously, for the price, they are fantastic. I don't know that I will ever buy anything else, and I used Axxis Ultimates for a long time but these have them beat in every way.
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#2528898 - 02/07/12 09:49 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: nleksan]
barlowc Offline


Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 2012
Loc: Southeast Michigan
Thanks for the input thus far!

Would Wearever rotors from AAP be a bad choice?

Right now I can get them for $56 each (they're usually $108) minus 15% and I'll get a $50 off coupon good on purchases of $100 or more. I could then use that coupon towards a set of Akebono Ultra Premium Ceramic "Euro" pads which run $111.

Total cost for new front rotors and pads would be about $170.
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#2529272 - 02/08/12 09:05 AM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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I would avoid those generic rotors. The cooling veins are always spaced wrong and are often too thick.
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#2529327 - 02/08/12 10:07 AM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
nleksan Offline


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I agree with dparm 100%

This is a >$50k, 4500lb+ sport sedan. Do not buy any brake parts because they are inexpensive. DO buy the best performing parts you can get.

The Stoptech pads I mentioned should be around $75 per axle, and some decent E-Coated Centric Slotted rotors around $175 per axle.
It is not cheap, but it is not like dropping $6k on a front and rear Big Brake Kit. The price to performance ratio is, however, probably the best you will find.
Also, I recommend going with slotted (never drilled) rotors because the Stoptech pads are designed to work with them so there is little or no loss in pad life, they have more consistent braking, they work very well in the wet, and the newer ones have slots that do not extend fully to the inside or outside edge of the disc so there is no loss of structural integrity.
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#2529402 - 02/08/12 10:55 AM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: nleksan]
barlowc Offline


Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 2012
Loc: Southeast Michigan
My brother was asking what I thought of this POWERSTOP Extreme Performance Brake Disc and Pad Kit. He's keen on the look of slotted/drilled rotots.

I can't remember where I saw them, but last night I also saw plain Brembo rotors for a reasonable price.

RockAuto has StopTech Street Performance pads and Centric SportStop Drilled and Slotted rotors which would be $325 shipped.

Thoughts on those options?


Edited by barlowc (02/08/12 11:03 AM)
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#2529457 - 02/08/12 11:47 AM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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Stoptech has a terrific pad formula for their performance kits. If that is what you're looking at look no further. It's a proprietary product and is the BEST blend of performance and manners I've ever used on my car. Note that I have 4 piston fixed Brembos on all 4 wheels.

Drilled rotors are for bling only, DO NOT use them unless you are just looking for looks.
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#2529513 - 02/08/12 12:39 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: SteveSRT8]
barlowc Offline


Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 2012
Loc: Southeast Michigan
Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
Stoptech has a terrific pad formula for their performance kits. If that is what you're looking at look no further.

Sorry, my previous link was the wrong one. It should have been this. POWERSTOP Extreme Performance Brake Disc and Pad Kit.
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