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#3354000 - 04/26/14 05:22 PM Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today
G-MAN Offline


Registered: 11/15/02
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Two weeks ago, I purchased a Certified Pre-Owned 2010 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro with 27,000 miles on it. I absolutely love this car, but after driving it for two days the front wheels were almost totally black from brake dust and the rears were almost as bad. I like to keep my cars clean, but I'm not going out there every other day and spend an hour cleaning the wheels. So I ordered Akebono ceramic pads for all four wheels and had the dealership install them this morning. Hopefully, once all the residual dust from the OEM pads works it way out, I won't have any more problems with brake dust.
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#3354005 - 04/26/14 05:26 PM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
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Yup, Akebono pads sure keep the wheels clean. I have them on my CRV and the wheels are almost spotless compared to the OEM and all aftermarket pads I tried.

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#3354006 - 04/26/14 05:27 PM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
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Registered: 10/30/02
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Originally Posted By: G-MAN
Two weeks ago, I purchased a Certified Pre-Owned 2010 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro with 27,000 miles on it.

What happened to the 300? What did I miss?

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but after driving it for two days the front wheels were almost totally black from brake dust and the rears were almost as bad.

Had the same problem with my BMW (and previously Audi as well). I also installed the Akebonos after the OEM pads wore out. Brake dust was reduced greatly, but IMO the Akebonos don't brake as well as OEM pads. Not too bad though.
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#3354048 - 04/26/14 06:05 PM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
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Put Akebono Pro Act ceramic front pads on an 01 Civic. Very low dust in my experience, excellent pad imo.

Congrats on the new ride, enjoy.

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#3354075 - 04/26/14 06:44 PM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: Quattro Pete]
G-MAN Offline


Registered: 11/15/02
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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: G-MAN
Two weeks ago, I purchased a Certified Pre-Owned 2010 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro with 27,000 miles on it.

What happened to the 300? What did I miss?


Here it is, if you want it.

I basically got tired of it. At first I loved the 3.6 with the 8-speed, but I came to believe that this engine would be better served with a 6-speed. I spent a few days looking, first at BMW 1-series and 3-series, but once I drove the Audi that was it.
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#3354082 - 04/26/14 06:55 PM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
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Originally Posted By: G-MAN

God no, but thanks. smile
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#3354131 - 04/26/14 07:49 PM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
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I think I've got about a grant total of 150k+ miles on Akebono ceramics on several vehicles. Very pleased with them over the long haul.
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#3354218 - 04/26/14 09:46 PM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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^thats good feedback but looking for the review on this one... Low dust can mean less bite. I like a good linear feel, but some strong initial bite. Ive driven on FF and GG pads that don't bite well at first, and Ive driven on lesser pads that stay clean but feel really grippy from the start.

Looking forward to hearing how these work out.

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#3354384 - 04/27/14 06:18 AM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
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I put the Akebono ProACT's on my wifes '01 Lexus for the first pad replacement with BREMBO Rotors. This was probably the finest brake setup I have ever had...Smooth/quiet(luxurious) and dust free!

Though I am currently running Centric Posi-Quiet Ceramic w/ Wagner Rotors(a nice setup as well), the Akebono's were a nice experience and I'll use'em again some day.
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#3354512 - 04/27/14 09:43 AM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: JHZR2]
G-MAN Offline


Registered: 11/15/02
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
^thats good feedback but looking for the review on this one... Low dust can mean less bite. I like a good linear feel, but some strong initial bite. Ive driven on FF and GG pads that don't bite well at first, and Ive driven on lesser pads that stay clean but feel really grippy from the start.

Looking forward to hearing how these work out.


My initial impression is that these pads have the same feel as the OEM pads--good initial bite at speed, but without the annoying hard bite of the OEMs at very slow speed as you're rolling to a stop, which made modulating to a smooth stop next to impossible.
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#3355547 - 04/28/14 11:43 AM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
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Originally Posted By: G-MAN
My initial impression is that these pads have the same feel as the OEM pads--good initial bite at speed, but without the annoying hard bite of the OEMs at very slow speed as you're rolling to a stop, which made modulating to a smooth stop next to impossible.


I said the same thing about the Akebono Euros that I put on my '03 when the OE pads the dealer put on for CPO wore out. Those OE pads would snap passenger's necks when getting below 10 mph if I wasn't paying attention.
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#3356261 - 04/28/14 09:57 PM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
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Registered: 06/14/10
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Ceramic pads are terrible in my experience. They always suffer from brake fade and seem to glaze up rotors when you work the brakes in hot weather.

Went back to OEM (semi - metallics) and no more issues. Surprisingly, i have even less brake dust than with ceramics.

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#3356383 - 04/29/14 03:16 AM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: G-MAN]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 19146
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: G-MAN
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: G-MAN
Two weeks ago, I purchased a Certified Pre-Owned 2010 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro with 27,000 miles on it.

What happened to the 300? What did I miss?


Here it is, if you want it.

I basically got tired of it. At first I loved the 3.6 with the 8-speed, but I came to believe that this engine would be better served with a 6-speed. I spent a few days looking, first at BMW 1-series and 3-series, but once I drove the Audi that was it.

Clean carfax despite the paint work. One more reason why I do not trust CarFax.

With that said, the Akebono pads will certainly address your dust issues. However, they definitely do not provide the same factory brake "feel" that most European car drivers are accustomed to.
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#3356463 - 04/29/14 07:31 AM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: The Critic]
G-MAN Offline


Registered: 11/15/02
Posts: 8936
Loc: SC
Originally Posted By: The Critic
Clean carfax despite the paint work. One more reason why I do not trust CarFax.

With that said, the Akebono pads will certainly address your dust issues. However, they definitely do not provide the same factory brake "feel" that most European car drivers are accustomed to.


I was surprised not to see the hail damage reported. But, Carfax can only list what is reported to them and clearly the body shop I used does not report to Carfax. As I pointed out at the time, however, the repair work was so expertly done that you cannot tell there was ever any damage.

As for the ceramic brake pads, so far the only difference I'm seeing (feeling) is the lack of that hard bite at low speed that the OEM pads had. Brake feel otherwise is the same.
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#3356466 - 04/29/14 07:33 AM Re: Akebono brake pads went on the Audi today [Re: JHZR2]
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Registered: 07/26/06
Posts: 2645
Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
^thats good feedback but looking for the review on this one... Low dust can mean less bite. I like a good linear feel, but some strong initial bite. Ive driven on FF and GG pads that don't bite well at first, and Ive driven on lesser pads that stay clean but feel really grippy from the start.

Looking forward to hearing how these work out.


I put them on the front of the wife's G6 last year. I like them, clean & linear but not a lot of initial bite. In fact when I don't drive it for a while it sometimes gives me a little shock at that first stop. This of course wouldn't be an issue if I drove it all the time. I will use them again for sure.
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