Current mileage - 127,800, just a few more than yours
If I hadn't known the owner and car since it were new, I don't think I would have bought the car. Plus the existing after market warranty is great. I have all the maintenance records since it was new too.
Brake kit - Power Stop K1434 Front and Rear Z23 Evolution Brake Kit with Drilled/Slotted Rotors and Ceramic Brake Pads. Not the top of the line but I have used them in the past on other vehicles and have had no issues.
Local Mechanic Shop did the work, pads had been changed in the past by previous owner but rotors never done, old pads were actually still good but I wanted to zero out both so I know where I stand. I have done brakes and rotors myself in the past, but I just don't have the spare time these days. Not a difficult job, but nice when you have a lift.
Still has factory brake lines and still in good shape (but will change soon and flush fluid again as well), fluid was changed at about 78,000 according to service records, hub bolts were checked and torqued.
The calipers are actually caliper covers that the previous owner installed. (link)MGP Caliper Covers
I didn't like them when I first saw them before I bought the car. They have grown on me since owning it.
Thank you yes, I will check the brakes in about 1000 miles and add a follow up. Just an FYI, wheel bearings were changed at 78,000 miles too.
Let me know if I missed anything.
New brakes are always a good thing, when driving among the masses. An upgrade to OEM set up looks like it? Local shop or did you DIY? Is this the first brake job to your car? Nothing from the previous owner/history of brake replacement before you bought it?
Current mileage on the odo? New fluid during this replacement too? Brake lines still factory rubber lines? Hub bolts torqued?
I only ask here because mine is about to go in for this same job in 90 days. Pretty much everything here that needs replacement. On my To Do list...
I have my budget for this factory replacement, and a pre-inspection done recently by the local dealership of the worse case, we will have to order the parts in.
10 years with 42k on the odo, bout time for a full over haul of mine. Most important system every day real world part of the car imo. Key starts it. Very important part. Steering wheel, yeah that part helps Big time, pretty important part for the point A to point B theory. Gas pedal makes it go fast.. err faster where/when I want too. Another important part to this car/travel/freedom puzzle.
However.. when going somewhere, anywhere.. you do have to stop on occasion, so I've heard. With the masses of
today's distracted drivers, new brakes and stopping power confidence restored when using the key, steering wheel, gas pedal approach to movement and sometimes... stoppage among the masses is money well spent. IT might just save your life one day. IT might hurt your wallet or credit card "now"..but you will thank yourself with this improvement/upgrade to your ride, when your "not" checking into the emergency room later...
Brakes replacement bill.. Oh my $$$. Emergency room visit bill.. $$$ Oh my and then some... if you make it?
Calipers look good. You paint the hubs too? Mine needs that done too, showing some wear/tear after 42K. Birds, little tiny ones sit on the back of my calipers during rain storms. Cleaning solution, brush, rinse, repeat as necessary. Times 4 wheels/rims adds up the beer meter cleaning prospects. I would like to eliminate the cleaning part, but keep the beer part.
I would re-check these new parts again after 1K miles or so, just to make sure everything you just replaced is wearing evenly now, before you put any serious miles on it later. Quick check of your brakes, new or old here "before" you travel any distance is always a good practice we sometimes, most of the times, almost never do when applying the key to the ignition, turning the wheel, right foot application process. When your foot goes to the other pedal, yeah that one... as you stop your car, you can feel the expenses you paid for this brake replacement Oh Snap panic stop there goes $50 bucks well spent... bleed off the rotors and brake pads as you stop hopefully in the nick of time? That is better than the alternative of bleeding and expenses in the emergency room.