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Old 04-27-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Saab 9-5 Rear brake pads are compatible with...

1998-2005 BMW e46 3 series pads!!!!!!

Just did the tires on our 02 linear wagon, found the rear brakes worn out.

I had a set a rotors on hand so I dove in, only to find all the ebrake shoes delaminated and the hardware frozen. So I replaced the shoes, hold downs and sandblasted the adjuster and the shackles. Get the rotor back on, get the ebrake adjusted perfect... Then found I have no brake pads in stock!#% !

So I go through my used pad box and luckily find what I assumed to be a set of good used Saab pads. Phew. But wait... These used pads were labeled BMW E46(r) ... That's odd they fit perfect on a Saab 95. I matched them up with a new set of e46 rear pads and they are in fact near identical! Saab and BMW ! Only difference is the pad's ear makes just a little less contact with the pad holder... Perfect for salt belt use!!!

Excited to share this, I will use these over the correct Saab pads in the future, they are cheaper and fit better in my opinion!
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