Vehicle Miles: 125,000
Location: Aberdeen, Md
Driving Style: Spirited
product use: 30,000
Pads: Akebono Euro Ceramic Pads
Rotors: Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series Rotor
December 30, 2011
I put these pads on an 02 Audi S4 and I am very happy with them. The only problem I ve encountered is that they squeal loudly when I m backing out of my drive-way in the morning, and that does bother me a bit, and they make a little sound even when going forward sometimes also.
They have produced little to no dust on my rims. The rims still get dirty from road grime and I guess a small amount could be due to dust from these, but my rims don t turn black after a few days like with composite pads.
I drive very spirited sometimes and these don t seem to fade nearly as much as the composite pads that were on my car did. The stopping power is overall very good and I am happy with these and my Centric High Carbon disks. The wear rate on the disks seems to be very uniform also and I have not see the ridges that I have seen on just about every car I ve ever owned with composite pads.
I would recommend these and I will probably buy them again when I need new pads but I may look around and see if there are some ceramics that don t squeal in the morning. That seems to be a common problem with cold ceramic pads and going in reverse so I ll probably just end up with these again.
If brake squeal drives you completely crazy, like some people I know, these are not the pads for you. If you re looking for good performance and want to keep you rims cleaner then these will do the job nicely.