In Reply to: Brake sensors? posted by Scott on August 23, 1999 at 14:06:38:
You need to remember that all BMW parts have BMW prices...sometimes you will find that the same part cost 1/2 at different dealer (some of the Bosh parts are also used in Mercedes Porche or Volvo.)
About your brake sensor - it is a small plastic piece with two wires and connector attached - inside it has a metal bridge shorting wires and it gets burned when pads are thin and sensor touches rotor. I reuse the old one if it wasn't activated - doesn't have any signs of touching the rotor. About price - $14 sounds very high - use internet places to buy parts like that.
: I have been calling around looking for the best price for replacement pads for an 86 528e and many of the places I called asked if I needed the sensors too. From my old Chevy days, wear indicators were included with the pads...nothing more than a piece of spring steel. But these guys quote me prices like $14 for "sensors".
: Are they talking about the same thing I am remembering from my old Chevy's? What kind of sensor do these cars have that cost $14?