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New brake discs/pads needed, recommendations please

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Hi,

Hoping to seek some advice from you friendly people :-)

I have a F11 3.0 525d to change the brakes.  I need to replace the front discs and pads, rear pads inc. sensors and a brake fluid change.

I have been quoted £720 from the main dealer on the older car parts prices using genuine parts.  A nearby BMW specialist has quoted virtually the same so is a no brainer there.

I have taken it to an independent garage near my work who has quoted me £420 for the same work but using Delphi front discs and Brembo front/rear pads.  My question is, is this a good set up? I have to admit I have never heard of Delphi discs and looking at their prices online do seem rather cheap compared to Brembo discs etc, are they up to the job and do they last? Pretty sure my car is on the original ones so looking for longevity as I intend to keep the car for some years yet.  Is it best to bite the bullet and use genuine parts? The dealer quoted me £500 just for the parts.

Advice will be most welcome as I don't really know which way to turn.

TIA

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Here's Delphi's website with some good information.

 

https://www.delphiautoparts.com/gbr/en/product/brake-discs

 

A car MFR doesn't make all their own parts, so the discs/pads will be made by another party (probably Brembo or the alike). All they do is make it to a spec the BMW want, it doesn't mean other brands are of lesser quality. You have lots of aftermarket choice like EBC, Pagid, Eicher etc. I've used various brands over the years and not had issues with bad fitment/reduced performance/bad quality and so on. I will say only use 'known brands' and avoid cheap Chinese rubbish. 

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I have the same engine/brakes as yourself (3.0 525d) and ordered genuine parts from costswolds on this forum when changing the discs and pads. They worked out slightly more expensive than euro car parts for brembo.

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Buy genuine BMW bits and fit yourself.

 

I'm going to pay around £360 for front discs, pads and a wear sensor for my F10 and fit them myself.  

 

I can't see a tech taking more than an hour to do front discs and pads on a ramp.

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