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Old 08 Mar 2007, 07:41 am
warlock162
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Default New Brakes, 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan

When it's time for new brakes (rotors, pads, drums, shoes, etc.), does it
matter if I go to the dealer or if I go to a chains like Midas or
Wearmaster?

P.S. I understand that I "must" go to the dealer for electrical concerns
regarding my brakes.

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Old 08 Mar 2007, 08:01 am
jim beam
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Default Re: New Brakes, 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan

warlock162 wrote:
> When it's time for new brakes (rotors, pads, drums, shoes, etc.), does it
> matter if I go to the dealer or if I go to a chains like Midas or
> Wearmaster?
>
> P.S. I understand that I "must" go to the dealer for electrical concerns
> regarding my brakes.
>

the quality of the pads used by the dealer is much higher, but for very
similar cost. any "saving" from a chain is simply not worth it.
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Old 11 Mar 2007, 09:57 pm
Hachiroku ハチロク
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Default Re: New Brakes, 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan

On Thu, 08 Mar 2007 08:41:24 -0500, warlock162 wrote:

> When it's time for new brakes (rotors, pads, drums, shoes, etc.), does it
> matter if I go to the dealer or if I go to a chains like Midas or
> Wearmaster?
>
> P.S. I understand that I "must" go to the dealer for electrical concerns
> regarding my brakes.



jim is correct, to an extent. There is an INCREDIBLE mark-up on brakes. I
would go to a Meineke before a Midas, or find a local shop if you want to
save a few $$$, and tell them if they get the parts from CarQuest or
AutoZone NOT to use the Chinese stuff (unless you really want to save some
money; if you had said *88* Civic I'd use the Chinese stuff...)

But labor rates are evening up. OEM parts cost more, but are the same as
what you're used to, and taking it to the dealer means someone that knows
your car.

Hope this didn't confuse you more!!

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Old 14 Mar 2007, 03:52 am
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Default Re: New Brakes, 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan

"Hachiroku" wrote:
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> if you had said *88* Civic I'd use the Chinese stuff...


Why? Do people like myself and others who drive an '88 Civic not need
quality brakes? I recently did my brakes using Brembo rotors and Akebono
ceramic pads. They work great and they should keep doing so for years to
come.

Eric
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Old 21 Mar 2007, 04:41 pm
Paul Elliot
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Default Re: New Brakes, 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan

Eric wrote:
> "Hachiroku" wrote:
>> if you had said *88* Civic I'd use the Chinese stuff...

>
> Why? Do people like myself and others who drive an '88 Civic not need
> quality brakes? I recently did my brakes using Brembo rotors and Akebono
> ceramic pads. They work great and they should keep doing so for years to
> come.
>
> Eric


You made good choices there Eric!
Akebono is often superior to the OE.

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Old 23 Mar 2007, 06:52 pm
Hachiroku ハチロク
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Default Re: New Brakes, 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan

On Wed, 14 Mar 2007 01:52:57 -0700, Eric wrote:

> "Hachiroku" wrote:
>>
>> if you had said *88* Civic I'd use the Chinese stuff...

>
> Why? Do people like myself and others who drive an '88 Civic not need
> quality brakes? I recently did my brakes using Brembo rotors and Akebono
> ceramic pads. They work great and they should keep doing so for years to
> come.
>
> Eric



Ooops...OK! I stand corrected!

I should say I live in lovely, rusty New England, and by the time Jap cars
are that old, they are pretty rusted unless they have been garaged and
maintained impeccibly. Not many are, but there are a few! Even my
'85 Corolla GTS, impeccibly maintained (but never garaged) is returning to
the elements in my back yard.

My Mom's '86 Camry is in good shape, garaged all the time, but still
rusting.

I was basing my statement on cars like my $250 Celica I bought a few years
ago. Put Chinese rotos and mid-grade pads and had no problems.
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