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#2639186 - 05/29/12 11:33 AM Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads?
2000RX300 Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 56
Loc: Upstate NY
Has anyone tried the Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? On sale they cost about $10 more (or about 25% more) than the Wearever Gold pads. They would be for my wife's 07 Accord SE (front brakes). I can't see throwing money away if they are not worth the extra cost...

What do you folks think??

Bob
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#2639238 - 05/29/12 12:14 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
Anybody's best premium pads seem to be very good to excellent for street cars.
I believe in the best pads you can get.
Rotors are a [censored] shoot - name brand expensive ones may not be as good [or the same] as low end cheap Chinese stuff.

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#2639259 - 05/29/12 12:31 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
SteveSRT8 Offline


Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 15280
Loc: Sunny Florida
Just bought a set of these on sale at AAP. They are butter smooth and look great so far on a 9500 pound work van!
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#2639261 - 05/29/12 12:34 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
sjstangman Offline


Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 120
Loc: Southern Jersey
On my Altima I have Wagner ThermoQuiet's on the front and Wearever Platinum's on the back. Between washing's, brake dust accumulates a lot quicker on back wheels vs the front. Just an observation, not sure if that makes a difference to you.

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#2639285 - 05/29/12 12:58 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
JR Offline


Registered: 08/08/04
Posts: 924
Loc: Michigan born but my heart bel...
ceramics are great in the aspect of wearrate and stopping but go to do a simple pad change later and find the rotors are shoot because ceramic are a lot harder so thus alot harder on the rotors.

kc

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#2639288 - 05/29/12 01:01 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: sjstangman]
JamesBond Offline


Registered: 12/13/06
Posts: 379
Loc: midwest
I put Wearever Gold Ceramic on the front of my '04 Civic about 6 mos. ago (before they came out with the Platinum Line) and while they work fine, I have been disappointed with the dust they produce. I have used Wagner Thermoquiet Ceramic on an '05 Accord (among other vehicles) and have been happy with the braking performance and VERY happy with the low amount of dust they produce (less dust than factory pads). I will spend the extra $15 and choose the Thermoquiets over the Wearevers from now on.

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#2639289 - 05/29/12 01:01 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
JR Offline


Registered: 08/08/04
Posts: 924
Loc: Michigan born but my heart bel...
thats been my experience with personal and customer vehicles. i have several customers that excusively use ceramics and every brake servive includes rotors. with semi metallics its a couple sets of pads before rotor are replaced. my 93 escort had 480k when the brother hit that tree, 400k on the weaver rotors.

kc

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#2639368 - 05/29/12 02:37 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 17839
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
I can get the OE pads for $50 shipped, so why mess around with store brand aftermarket pads?

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#2639499 - 05/29/12 05:05 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
SteveSRT8 Offline


Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 15280
Loc: Sunny Florida
^^^Perhaps because not everyone likes the factory pads?

I have had great success in the aftermarket with specialized pads for performance applications and heavy duty truck applications. I'm sure others have as well.

OEM is not the answer to every question.
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#2639751 - 05/29/12 09:31 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: SteveSRT8]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
^^^Perhaps because not everyone likes the factory pads?

I have had great success in the aftermarket with specialized pads for performance applications and heavy duty truck applications. I'm sure others have as well.

OEM is not the answer to every question.

Of course there will be certain applications where an aftermarket product may work better. However, this is more of the exception to the rule.

The OE product has gone through far more testing than any aftermarket product for anticipated customer use. There is no reason so far, to assume that the OP's vehicle sees use outside of what Lexus anticipated. Therefore, using the OE pads would be the prudent choice in this application.

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#2639894 - 05/30/12 05:22 AM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
SteveSRT8 Offline


Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 15280
Loc: Sunny Florida
You forgot one thing. "IMO" should be added, as everyone's usage is unique.
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#2639947 - 05/30/12 06:54 AM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 7496
Loc: Rochester NY
The "BRAND NEW" WearEver Platinum Ceramic are ***supposed to be*** very quiet(better than the WearEver GOLD & Ceramic VSF) and low dusting. I would have liked to try'em but, I had already bought the Centric/Wagner setup from RA.

This past weekend(MEMORIAL WEEKEND)I just did a whole brake job on my wifes '01 Lexus RX-300 AWD and used Centric Posi-Quiet Ceramic with Wagner Rotors. The Centric's are a bit darker dusting than the Akebono/Brembo setup that I replaced(from 5 yrs ago) but, just as quiet/smooth. I went for price this time'round!

If it's any consolation to anyone here...I have used many brands of Ceramic Pads and like all of'em. I have used:

Akebono Pro-ACT-Probably the best by the smallest margin!
Satisfied
Centric-Probably the darkest/dustiest I have used for a Ceramic pad!
BENDIX
Raybestos
Monroe
& others I can't remember!


Edited by Char Baby (05/30/12 07:02 AM)
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#2641298 - 05/31/12 01:07 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
97 GTP Offline


Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 847
Loc: LI, NY
I bought the Wearever Gold several months ago, had them on for a few weeks and didn't like them and returned them. ymmv

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#2641355 - 05/31/12 02:29 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
stephen9666 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 2597
Loc: USA
I agree that OEM pads can be a good choice, but prices vary. The best price I can find on genuine Hyundai pads for my Sonata is about $65 shipped.

I will say that I probably wouldn't personally choose store-brand pads. While they may work fine, you really never know what you're getting. They could switch suppliers or use different suppliers for different applications. If I were considering them, I would go look at them in the store. If they're made in China, I'd pass. There are too many good brake pad choices to go with Chinese pads.

The pads the OP is referring to are normally $46 + tax. You can use discount codes to lower that. But for the same or a little more you could get a name brand pad with good online reviews like the Akebono ProAct, Bendix CT-3 or others. These are also two choices that should be made in the US or Canada.

It looks like these are the pads the OP would be getting. Of course, this could just be a stock photo Advance uses.


Edited by stephen9666 (05/31/12 02:43 PM)

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#2642579 - 06/01/12 08:23 PM Re: Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads? [Re: 2000RX300]
DreamerGT Offline


Registered: 07/09/09
Posts: 337
Loc: austin,tx
^^^ Yeah thats what they look like and come with, also they are made in India. Haven't used them yet tho.
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