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    Duralast rotors and pads

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    Brakes are doing well at 71k. However I know they will need replacing soon. AutoZone has a ship to home deal and I can get rotors and metallic pads for dirt cheap now (links below). Also leaning to the semi since I'd rather change pads than rotors. Semi setup buy is ~$115 shipped and Metalic setup buy is ~$125

    Anyone with a good/bad opinion on these? I do mostly highway driving in the desert (AZ and Cali). I've never had an issue with previous Duralast stuff buts it's been years since I've had to buy and replace rotors.

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    I went with Centric rotors and Duralst pads but really wanted Greenstuff pads - had the rotors in time but the brakes started grinding so Duralast it was.

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    Since you have time, shop around. Rock Auto can beat those prices when you google rockauto discount code. When I signed in right now it says I have a 5% discount applied to whatever I order. Won't let me post it here tho.

    This is what most of us ended up getting for rotors. I would recommend these over the Duralast hands down.

    https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...3000993&jsn=31




    I ended up going with these for pads but they need to be heated up to work perfectly.

    https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...491&cc=3000993



    For what it's worth I liked them and they were low dusting. Others picked a less aggressive pad setup like this.

    https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...3000993&jsn=19
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    My brakes still have A LOT of life left, but there is some vibration that is really annoying me. I have been seriously considering changing them. I am definitely going with the Centric rotors. I haven't decided on the pads yet. I have read a lot of good stuff about the Akebono ceramic pads. Low dust is a higher priority for me. I hate having tons of dust on my wheels after driving home from the car wash.

    I have used Duralast pads on previous cars, but it's been a very long time and I can't remember if I liked them much. I don't remember thinking that they were something I needed to go out of my way for again.

    The last set of pads I put on my Saturn were awesome. Almost no dust, no vibration, great stopping. They were on the car for many years and had very little wear when I traded it in for the Cruze. Unfortunately, I can't find the receipt and I can't remember what brand they were. They were ceramic and almost white in color. I bought them at Kragan before they were bought out by O'Reilly. I remember the guy at the counter telling me that they were the best pads he had ever used and worth the extra few dollars. I think they were only about $50.
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    Another +1 on the Centric rotors.

    I used Akebono ProAct ceramic pads and was happy with them. I hate brake dust, and they made very little and were grippy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzSandSlinger View Post
    2014 1.8l LS

    Brakes are doing well at 71k. However I know they will need replacing soon.
    71K is pretty good. If OEM has got you this far, why not stick with OEM? Sure its pricier but at least you'll know for a fact that you'll get another 71K at least out of them. Can you be so sure with Duralast or any other auto parts store brand?

    Mine lasted till 84k. And I replaced with OEM rotors and pads. That's just the FRONT! My rear drums were still ok. I've got 101K now so I'll probably need to check the rear again soon.

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    Appreciate the responses. I don't mind going OEM (I think they've been great so far), but $125 for pads alone is ludicrous. The rotors are reasonable though (thanks for the PNs!).

    I forgot to check Rockauto. They do have a rotor/pad kit from PowerStop. Never used them so I'll probably pass on them. The Centrics are looking more reasonable but it's still a toss up between them and the Duralast.

    Thanks also for reminding me about dust. It's never been an issue since I've really never had dust with the stockers. So I think I may just spring for the ceramics.

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    My OEM rotors were horrible. I don't know if it was just a casting defect or they were just cheap, but I had them resurfaced by 10k and replaced in the mid 20's. No issues with the Centrics in 2x that. The pads would fade in repeated highway stop-and-go in the summer as well, so that got annoying too.

    The stock pads on my '16 make a ton of dust. I don't know if they're different from the 1st gens or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jblackburn View Post
    My OEM rotors were horrible. I don't know if it was just a casting defect or they were just cheap, but I had them resurfaced by 10k and replaced in the mid 20's. No issues with the Centrics in 2x that. The pads would fade in repeated highway stop-and-go in the summer as well, so that got annoying too.

    The stock pads on my '16 make a ton of dust. I don't know if they're different from the 1st gens or not.
    Ya, weird. I bought my Cruze from a Dealer, used with ~20k on the ODO. Car fax says guy only had it 6-8mnths. So far I've put 50k on it and I've had no issues (knocks on wood) with braking or brake dust. Maybe it's the highway and desert driving I do?

    Either way, I'm getting flashbacks of annoying brake dust so ceramics are looking better. Or I just Black out my rims and really down my care. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzSandSlinger View Post
    Ya, weird. I bought my Cruze from a Dealer, used with ~20k on the ODO. Car fax says guy only had it 6-8mnths. So far I've put 50k on it and I've had no issues (knocks on wood) with braking or brake dust. Maybe it's the highway and desert driving I do?

    Either way, I'm getting flashbacks of annoying brake dust so ceramics are looking better. Or I just Black out my rims and really down my care. Lol
    OEM pads are some sort of ceramic compound formulation anyway, probably formulated more for grippiness, long life, and less for heat dissipation. I forget who they're made by - I think it's actually a cheaper Akebono pad.
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