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How much does a brake pads replacement cost for BMW cars?

A typical BMW front brake pads replacement in the UK costs around £63 - £156. Depending on your BMW model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a front brake pads replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling BMW cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a front brake pads replacement costs. BMW rear brake pads replacement costs on average £65 - £156.
Car modelFixter price range
Front brake pads replacement for BMW 3 Series£92 - £145
Rear brake pads replacement for BMW 3 Series£92 - £145
Front brake pads replacement for BMW 1 Series£63 - £98
Rear brake pads replacement for BMW 1 Series£65 - £102
Front brake pads replacement for BMW 5 Series£92 - £145
Rear brake pads replacement for BMW 5 Series£100 - £156
Front brake pads replacement for BMW X1£78 - £123
Rear brake pads replacement for BMW X1£85 - £134
Front brake pads replacement for BMW X3£100 - £156
Rear brake pads replacement for BMW X3£100 - £156
Front brake pads replacement for BMW X5£100 - £156
Rear brake pads replacement for BMW X5£100 - £156

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Our expert insights into brake pads replacement

What are brake pads?

Brake pads are a key component of any vehicle’s braking system. When you use your brakes, the pads hydraulically squeeze the brake discs, slowing your car down through friction and pressure.

Symptoms of malfunctioning brakes pads

A loud screeching or grinding noise when you apply the brakes or feeling your car vibrating under braking is a clear indicator that new pads are required.

What happens when we replace your brake pads?

Our efficient and fully qualified mechanics will establish which brake pads need to be replaced and fit new ones as necessary.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, how often should brake pads need replacing?

Your brake pads should last for 50,000 miles, but there are a number of variables, including driver behaviour or the type of pads used. Also, keep in mind that nearly 20% of MOT failures are caused by faulty brakes.

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Want to learn more about BMW brake pads replacement?

How do brake pads work?

To slow your car down or bring it to a stop, your brake pads are used to clamp down on either side of the brake discs attached to your rear wheels, to create friction and reduce speed.

BMW

BMW AG is a German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer that was established over 100 years ago in March 1916. They also own Mini and Rolls Royce, after taking over the two British marques in 2000 and 1998 respectively.

BMW makes luxury vehicles and is possibly most famous for its sports saloon models. In 2018, BMW had 1.9m vehicles on the roads in the UK, a number that has been steadily increasing each year for the past decade.

As one of the ‘big 3’ German marques, along with Audi and Mercedes, BMW carries a strong reputation for making high-quality stylish vehicles, and have captured a large section of the UK market.

Luxury family and business models for every driver

Probably most popular for the 3 Series and 5 Series saloon models, BMW has got every possible angle covered for the more discerning drivers.

The full range includes everything from the 1 Series city car to the full-size saloons and sports coupes of the 7 and 8 Series models.

To provide everything you’d ever need for family motoring there’s a seven-seat MPV, their range of X model SUVs, and since 2014, the introduction of their plug-in electric i models. Top it all off with their M model high-performance supercars, the Z4 convertible and the i8 Roadster—and you’ve got the full package.

BMW: High performance on and off the track

BMW has a successful history in a range of motorsports.

They have been significant performers in touring car racing and rally driving, enjoyed success in Formula One with the BMW Sauber team, and BMW cars have been regular competitors and winners at Le Mans since the race’s early years.

BMW’s reliability and reputation

BMW ranked 16th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. BMW hasn’t always had the best reputation for reliability but to rank alongside marques such as Honda, Volkswagen and Fiat they’re holding their own alongside plenty of the other big names.

How often should brake pads need replacing?

Symptoms of malfunctioning brakes

Your car doesn’t slow down or stop as well as usual

If you feel that your brakes don’t work as well as normal or they don’t seem to provide the normal level of performance, then your brake pads could be damaged or worn out.

You can hear a squeaking or grinding noise when you brake

Any unusual sounds coming from your brakes during their operation could be a sign that the brake pads are damaged or worn down to the base plate metal.

Your brake warning light on the dashboard is illuminated

If any of your dashboard warning lights are illuminated, the sensor that detects problems or worn out parts and components has detected an issue and activated the system.

The brake pedal is in a lower position than usual

Any change of position in your brake pedal could be because of a problem with the brake pads, discs or brake fluid.

The car vibrates under braking

Excessive movement or vibration when braking could be due to problems with brake pad or disc positioning, or state of repair.

When your car pulls to one side under braking

If only one brake is working correctly, it can cause your car to pull in the direction of the functioning brake.

What happens when we replace your brake pads?

  • Our efficient and fully qualified mechanics will inspect the brake system for signs of wear, damage and breakage.

  • They will establish which brake pads need to be replaced and fit new ones as necessary.

  • You will also be advised of any other parts that may need to be replaced for the best operation and health of your vehicle.

  • Once the brake pads have been replaced, our mechanics will test it thoroughly to ensure the correct operation of the new parts and make any adjustments required for premium performance.

What causes your brake pads to stop working correctly?

The main reason your brake pads will stop functioning correctly is usually down to general wear. Over time and constant use, the friction material on the surface of the brake pad will wear out.

It’s also possible that foreign objects thrown up from the road can become trapped in the braking system can cause damage to the brake pads. The failure of other brake system components could lead to the incorrect operation, jamming or failure of your brake callipers, causing excessive wear or damage to your brake pads.

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