Cadillac Jim Posted March 9, 2008 Report Share Posted March 9, 2008 My 1997 ETC is nearing its first brake job. At 132,000 miles, my mechanic tells me that it has only about 20% of its front pads remaining. At this rate, I have only about a year before they hit 10% and I really have to move forward, but I think that I should schedule the job soon just to get the brakes bled all around. I have done some research recently and found that the highest quality high-performance brake pads seemed to be ceramic-metallic, but it does seem that as of right now, the best ceramic pads are the best choice. I'm interested in OEM quality or better, and I want to know that if I happen to need to be doing 120 mph at the Atco Raceay one day I can pull it down quickly and controllably to a 20 mph brake-cooling cruise in a few seconds, as I can now. In other words, I don't want to give up anything that I how have, and asking for an improvement after 11 years seems reasonable. One post by BodybyFisher recommended pads with sensors form the dealer, and later posts in that same Caddyinfo thread suggested new rotors, although I've been assured that mine are fine. New rotors is another morass of options... My driving habits are a lead foot and legal speeds, smooth stops and no fear of braking or cornering forces, with a healthy respect for weather and a lifetime motorcyclist's awareness of the quality of the road surface. Although a stay in Germany and regular travel on the Autobahn is not likely in a 10+ year old car, the ETC was designed to do this well and I certainly want to keep that. I recently did a lot of high-speed commutes on the NJ Turnpike and may well do so again in the near future. Early driving habits formed around conserving gas and car have given me good luck with gas mileage, brakes, clutch (as applicable), etc. on every car that I have driven; this amounts to planning your maneuver in advance and executing with care, finesse, and vigilance. Suggestions from the experienced? Should I go with all dealer parts? -- Click Here for CaddyInfo page on "How To" Read Your OBD Codes-- Click Here for my personal page to download my OBD code list as an Excel file, plus other Cadillac data -- See my CaddyInfo car blogs: 2011 CTS-V, 1997 ETC Yes, I was Jims_97_ETC before I changed cars. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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