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02-24-2005, 04:21 PM
Just hit 51,000 miles and brakes are starting to make a little noise, time for new brake pads up front. From what I hear, Bosch seems to be the favorite. My question is whether to get the cermaic or the regular. The price difference is only $4 so I thought i'd see what everyone had for info on this. The ceramics tend to leave less dust right? So let's hear everyone's opinion, as i'm new to this so everybody here probably knows more than me. Thanks.

02-24-2005, 05:11 PM
Use regular

The Ceramics don't get hot fast enough to stop as well as the regular. Or in other words the braking you get when you put on brand new pads is the same that you will have over whole life of the Ceramics.
Oh yeah your right the biggest advantage is they don't leave brake dust on your wheels in the amount that the regulars do.

02-24-2005, 05:19 PM
i prefere ceramics

02-24-2005, 06:20 PM
any particular reasons?

02-24-2005, 06:21 PM
eenie meenie miney mo

02-24-2005, 06:29 PM
I have duralast gold :)

02-24-2005, 06:34 PM
ceramics dont make a ton less brake dust and i actually noticed my car not stopping nearly as well as it did when i had regular carbon-metallic pads

02-24-2005, 07:09 PM
Ceramic all the way. I have Akebono ProAct Ceramics on my 03 Alero and they are great. They are way better then OEM Crap. No noise and no dust.

02-24-2005, 07:12 PM
hm..i need new pads too...makin noise...and my wheels are covered in brake dust like a day or two after i wash them

02-24-2005, 09:16 PM
if you get high performance pads or just high end stuff, they will wear down your rotors much faster than normal and ideal.

semi metallic pads are good since we are on the topic

02-25-2005, 05:26 PM
Ceramic all the way. I have Akebono ProAct Ceramics on my 03 Alero and they are great. They are way better then OEM Crap. No noise and no dust.


and i found them to stop way better than stock as well

not sure if thats cause of rotors or not though

02-25-2005, 08:03 PM
i bought lifetime ceramics at napa.. everytime my pads are so low i take em in and get a new free set.. :)

02-25-2005, 09:57 PM
I have been using Bendix ceramic pads for a while now and i love them. You can find them at advance auto for 60.00 plus tax, with the brake pads they also provide you with new mounting hardware (the caliper clips located on the top, bottom and outside wall of the caliper), which i think is cool. They say that you are supposed to change them when you change your brake pads, bias or not, its a good idea (they wouldnt give 'em to you otherwise). I have had them on my stock rotors and my new slotted and cross-drilled, they have been awsome thus far. Hope this helps

02-28-2005, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the info, do the Bendix have a lifetime warranty?

03-01-2005, 09:16 AM
I personally had a very bad experience with Bosch ceramic pads. They left a lot of dust on the rims, now the rims are destroyed, that stuff won't come off. On the other hand, now I got the cheapest regular pads from Car Quest, for like 20$ and the brakes are much better, and no dust whatsoever. I will never switch back to Ceramic, especially Bosch, since they are German and if you look at all German cars, their rims are black, no exceptions.

03-01-2005, 10:04 AM
Thanks to everyone for posting, I just ordered Bendix Ceramics, so we'll see how those work out.