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92000 miles, no towing, still on original brake pads and rotors. Front pads still have 5mm thickness and rears have 6mm. Rotors still smooth, I cannot see or feel any grooving. Planning to replace pads soon but not touch the rotors since they still look new.

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I suspect warped rotors MIGHT be due to sitting with the brake pedal depressed after a hard (especially downhill) stop. Like when the light at the bottom of a hill turns red and you were going 50+ MPH and sit at the light while it goes through the entire cycle.

I try to avoid that by stopping a few feet short and rolling forward intermittently while waiting for the green signal.

By the way, isn't it amazing how many traffic signals are located at the bottom of hills? OK, OK, I know that, in the good, old days, like before the internal combustion engine made road building easier, it was natural for roads to follow valleys. Just the same, traffic signals at the bottom of hills aren't a great thing for brakes, gas mileage, accident rates, you name it!
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I am at 63K and tow a 2-horse trailer, loaded, about 4 times a year. I am just now noticing a little rotor warp but nothing else. Pretty happy with them.
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I just went over 65,000 miles and had a free brake inspection done at Midas. The technician brought me over and showed me the rotors and pads. They still have life on them... I might get over 80,000 with the original rotors.
Recently put pads only on my Sedona only b/c I didn't want to get hassled during the state inspection.... ~85K and they were just at the wear/replace marks....

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Over 106,000 and just now need to have original pads replaced. Brakes started to squeal (assuming it's the wear indicators) Rotors look great, at lease to me. Kind of worried about what options for replacement there will be. Would love for the next set of brakes to last as long as this original set.
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Pads and rotor have held up well but the brakes don't stop worth a
dam. I put on new pad about 20000 miles ago front and rear.
Cleaned the old rotors and installed pads. Feels like it takes more effort to stop the Borrego. When it was new you would just touch the brakes and you were stopping in hurry. Im going to install all new rotors and pads and see what happens. it has 75000 miles on it currently. Hope this makes it stop better.

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At about 80k miles I bought the Wagner Thermal Quiet #QC1385 on sale in anticipation of replacing at least the front pads. Upon inspection the fronts had perhaps 25% remaining pad life and the rears 50%. Put the new pads back in the box and on a shelf for re inspection at the next tire rotation.

I live in rural mountains so there is not much stop and go driving but a lot of downhill braking.
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At about 80k miles I bought the Wagner Thermal Quiet #QC1385 on sale in anticipation of replacing at least the front pads. Upon inspection the fronts had perhaps 25% remaining pad life and the rears 50%. Put the new pads back in the box and on a shelf for re inspection at the next tire rotation.

I live in rural mountains so there is not much stop and go driving but a lot of downhill braking.
I put a set of the Wagner ThermoQuiet pads on the front of my EX V8 at 53,000 mile. Either I'm harder on my brakes than others, or the extra weight of the V8 engine caused my fronts to need replacing before others I've seen on this forum...or maybe the fact that I live in Southern California and the 5:00pm traffic after work on the freeway is stop-and-go could be another factor my brakes only lasted 53K mile. I did have some brake shudder, but after turning the front rotors and installing the new pads, that went away and has not come back as of yet. I'm very pleased how they stop and the dusting is very limited. I still have about 3/16" pad left on the rears at 74,000 miles. I will definitely be using the Wagner ThermoQuiet pads on the rear when time comes (part number: QC1284).
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Replaced Front Brake Pads at 94k Miles

It was a beautiful day and I had the pads on a shelf so I seized the moment to replace the front. It was time but would not have been a problem for another 10k miles. The rear are not 50% worn.



On the Borrego this is about as easy as any car I have worked on. Wheel off, two bolts and caliper unit is out of the way. I was a little surprised that those bolts were not very tight and did not have any signs of 'LockTite' application. I put a little 'blue' on just to feel better.

Be sure to transfer the copper shim plate and vibration damper material over to the new pads.

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