OEM or Aftermarket Brakes

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    Just thinking it over.

    When I replace my F11 brakes I'm wondering whether to stick with OEM (BMW boxed), or look at decent aftermarket, something like ATE or Brembo, using the composite discs. Costs can be a lot different and if I'm going to suffer corrosion again, I do wonder if it is worth getting the BMW discs.

    Anyone got any 'for or against' experience with the F10/11, (or other models), using OEM quality alternatives.

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    Peter, when I replaced the discs and pads on the GT, I did so with ATE units
    Immediately there was a weight difference between the two, the ATE brakes came with a paint coating, not the normal grease covered disc that requires cleaning.
    After several attempts to clean the faces I put on as received, several miles had the paint burned from the friction material.
    I rate the ATE highly and wouldn't hesitate to use again, no squeal, no fade no funny Noises that I'd experienced with other manufacturers, in particular the coating on the bell hub remained intact until point of sale.
    So in all, I was happy with ATE.

    Ecp have them ridiculously cheap, just now and during their weekend sales!
     
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    I have also used ATE from ECP in the past, don't recall having any problems. Still worth giving Ed the chance to quote though as there may not be as much difference as you think.
     
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    Looks like £238 inc VAT for ATE (front pair) on ECP using discount code XMAS.
     
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    and over £100 more from me :censored: (pair, front)
     
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    Agree on Ed giving a quote. From his pre-emptive post, looks as if OEM is going to be a long way off the price of quality alternatives. Pads are also much more expensive.

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    I see several suppliers of both ATE and Brembo, are putting them out about £240 - £250 a pair, delivered.

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    I notice OEM pads are often Jurid or Textar.

    Just out of interest, anyone used Textar discs/pads?

    Peter
     
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    Your leading your way into to the debate
    I think all brake pads are from Tmd friction material
    I recall ordering pagids and receiving a pagid box with Textar pads inside
    Both the above, historically gave higher dust, though was a considerable time ago
     
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    Yes, so easy to get into a "one does this, one does that" type of debate.

    I've been on BMW OEM discs and pads since 2002. Thinking about it, I've not had to buy discs or pads for my own use for over 20-years. So no personal experience of aftermarket brakes and their comparisons. Either with BMW OEM, or among themselves.

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    Therefore, probably stick to what you know and works, reliably.......
    I have a set of BMW rear brake pads and sensors from the Gt going spare, as these were gifted I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I onpassed!
    May be worth checking the Part Numbers for suitability! & free for the taking ?
     
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    No problem with that as long as they can be used.
    Having had a bad experience I tend to stick with BMW branded pads, I have never thought it worth saving 20-30 quid by using something else.
     
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    Yes, @Peter. I fitted [well...... Jimmy Cruickshank did them for me :) ] Textar discs and pads to the e60. I got them from ECP and did a post about them back in August 2015 [ish].

    No complaints about the performance and they seem to wearing well.

    If you want I can post a pic of how they have fared with weather etc so far - once the gale and rain stops :mad:

    Best wishes to you & Jill.

    EDIT: Just checked the ECP invoice and the total for discs, pads and sensor cable came to £205.96. The ones I fitted were Textar products were a new type/specification iirc. Can't remember the name but I'd have mentioned it in my report back when I got them.
     
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    I replaced the discs and pads all round on my LCI 530i E61 two years ago. Some of you from the 'land may remember my quotes from BMW which were circa £1300 for a full set fitted as I have the larger two part discs with the rivets around the hub. After much deliberation and some horror stories about aftermarket parts. I got the parts from Ed at Cotswolds for a price no one could touch (about £440 from memory - thanks again Ed) and had them fitted by my local indy for £80. I have had no issues and the discs and pads are still like new almost 20K miles later. With previous cars (not BMW) I suffered with terrible corrosion (much like the photos Peter posted) With the OEM discs and pads I have had no such issues.
     
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    My E60 was on its second pair of OEM Front discs at 109k miles before it blew up.

    The rears were changed with OEMs at 80k for the first time.

    I was just go OEM.. I had a lot of issues with the VW Golf GTI i have with after market from discs..
     
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    Thanks for the comments. Food for thought.

    I've plenty of time to sort this one, don't want new discs until the salt is finished with.

    Peter
     
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    I use genuine most of the time. I put non-genuine pads and discs on the rear of my Range Rover and they have been fine.

    I do tend to stick to genuine, but it does depend on what car it is. The M5 will have genuine bits on as will the SL and Mini, but the RR is a daily hack so will get what is easiest at the time. Especially as my wife tries to slowly destroy the car.

    cheers
     
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    :LOL: :LOL: You'd better hope she doesn't read that, otherwise dog-house for you. :D
     
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    I'm already there mate for not cleaning the house when she was out. Even though she never mentioned it...
     
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    I prefer Pagid discs & pads.
    Have also used Textar.
     
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