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As for the panic stops, I think the intention of that was that you should give yourself more than enough time to stop. Try not to put yourself in a position (tailgating, speeding, etc) where you would have to slam on the brakes. The brakes need time to "seat" themselves properly, and until they do, you may not have the optimum braking power.
I am no expert in brake systems, but it does not seem like a good idea to constantly strain a brand new system such as the brakes. I am not saying to endanger yourself should the situation arise, but by all means, give yourself the extra space in case you need it. Just like you wouldn't "floor it" because of the cylindar sleeves/pistons, etc, right? I mean, they are meant to work together for the life of the engine, and they even have oil, but they still need time to "break in".
2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC
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