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    Aargh!

    So today I went to the Nissan dealer to get my seat rocking fixed.

    They were too busy (I didnt have appt) and said it likely a replacement of the track (I think thats a $700 part).

    So I went to the next repair shop down.
    Currys repair .

    They are part of the tire pros net work and seemed like a pretty serious shop, nice + professional.

    So I put them to work on checking how to fix the rocking problem.

    I also asked them to look the car over and find anytihgn thats wrong.

    They couldnt fix that but spotted rear brakes in need of replacement.
    I told 'em replace with OEM equivalent.

    So now i only have myself to blame, when the guy said Akebono I thought these must be good pads but the ceramic Akebono (beside the fact that they were marked up a lot) is they are good against dusting and noise but poor in braking.
    The rotors where not cheap either for that price , I could have had vented zinc coated rotors.

    I am kinda upset with myself I should have either .

    a) gotten the cheapest stuff available, so I can throw it away soon, when I upgrade my brakes.
    b) got perf. rotors and pads (which they didnt have in stock) so I should have declined repair until I had the parts I wanted.

    I had been waiting all day, so even though I should have know better I should have declined the repair to execute a proper.
    But i was in a hurry and just wanted the car as close to perfect right now.

    I think I made an expensive mistake.

    Over 600 bucks for rear rotors and pads that I should probably throw away.
    at least the pads that is.

    Ceramic pads are for people who care about dust and noise but they are poor braking performers compared to semi metallics.
    I dimly remembered this but wasn't positive anymore since i been away from the more hardcore part of the scene for 3 years now.

    I'll throw away these ceramic pads and put on Stillen Metla Matrix or similiar semi-metallic.

    Or I could just wear out my brakes and then replace all but this could take years (they said fronts looked real good)
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    Rule #1: Never rush anything, especially an economic decision.

    Rule #2: If it's work and management is the force behind the rushing, inform them that it cannot be done, and give them a time frame that is at least four times as long as it would realistically take to tackle a task/project (you'll look like a hero). Think Scotty from Star Trek.

    I digress. I've been in a similar sitch many times with my cars. I always tell myself to take my time in decision-making, because it's in the best interest of the service vendor to convince you to rush into an expensive repair that may not be necessary. Oh, I've turned down many a repair on my Altima, in particular (fuel injector cleaning? Please, I run 93 octane :D).

    EDIT: Good to know about the reality of ceramic pads. I was unaware until today. So they basically are for show... I'll pass and choose performance first, and deal with the brake dust and squeaks. And I think your option B was the best. :D
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    In in all fairness there are some creamic pads thta are perfomance oriented so it can be done.
    but it seems most comsumer oriented ceramic pads are designed with noise and dust reduction in mind.

    when I heard him mention Akebono I was thinking of the performance brakes on Infiniti so I figured it had to be good
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    Wonder why this car needs REAR brakes at 19k miles.

    Blastphemy's M56 also needed rear brakes at fairly low miles, and we had the same question then. Front brakes typically wear out first due to forward weight transfer during braking, but 19k is still really low for brakes on either end.


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    The car was a NYC car so I am sure it saw a lot of brake use.
    I dont mind replacing the brakes but I am upset of having gotten taken like being sold mid range parts at premium prices.

    ProAct pads are pretty poor form a braking perspective.

    I guess I will wait until the fronts need changing and then replace all pads with EBC Green or Hawks or MetalMatrix.
    "In the end we all just play the roles given us... Sometimes they dont fit so well,... but I guess we make do."

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