Originally Posted by gman3msport
Could do with some new discs and pads, front and rear. Don't know whether to go with OEM or try some drilled and grooved discs with a up rated pad? Has anyone tryed any other breaks and were they any good?
Against mine and others good judgement I bought a set of those drilled-only MTEC discs (http://www.mtecbrakes.co.uk/
) because they were really cheap and worth a punt. (£180 delivered for all four drilled on a 335i).
Horror stories of noise, warping and cracking rained upon me, my wheels would fly off, the world would end and I would be dead in a week unless I spent £500 on BMW discs....
But they are brilliant. No noise, straight as a dye, no squealing, no cracking, no vibrations - and they look great - changes the whole look of the car.
They actually vibrate much less (i.e none) under heavy use than the factory plain discs ever did - and I had the car from new.
I use them with EBC yellow pads (limited choice on 335i). The pads cost £30 more than the discs! But they work very well indeed, very sharp from cold, brilliant.
The only complaint was discs were still full of machine sudsoil and swarf, so I has to thoroughly wash them out with hot water / fairy liquid / hosepipe before fitting. But discs come greased anyway, which needs stripping off.
You could order them black coated too to stop rust, but theres was a gloss coating and I wanted matte, so I sprayed my own.
But you could equally just buy these discs with cheap Jurid/textar (BMW OE) pads from Eurocarparts, only about £80 all round.
Originally Posted by JTMR360
With regards to brakes, I asked the same question about my 335d and most seemed to suggest OEM brake discs with Ferrodo DS2500 pads although I think I'll be trying the Hawk pads over the DS2500's.
....except DS2500 are not available for 335i/d (unfortunately as they are good pads), but they are also not ECE R90 approved, so not road legal either