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#4446172 - 06/30/17 06:31 PM Ad delco advantage brake pads
ram_man Offline


Registered: 03/15/13
Posts: 3207
Loc: southern mo
I am wanting a concensous on the quality of the advantage line of parts. For $31 you can buy front pads that are ceramic with hardware included. Or you can spend $75 at autozone and they're still semi metallic and do not come with hardware. My manager of course says ac delco advantage is in no way comparable to the duralast quality. What do you guys honestly think? I know some of autozone parts are made by quality companies but I'd imagine ac delco is as well.
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#4446179 - 06/30/17 06:40 PM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 11/20/06
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Advantage line is worthless scrap but so is the AZ AA, etc stuff for the most part unless you buy their top of the line. You get what you pay for and brake pads is one part its best not to try and save money.
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#4446190 - 06/30/17 06:49 PM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: ram_man]
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Loc: Texas
I don't think you will notice a difference between most brands of brake pad on a economy car anyways.

This time I used bosch stuff on my wife's car, I never notice a difference in performance from that versus any other brand.

I typically buy what rockauto has on sale, that sounds like a non junky brand and that has been ok so far.
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#4446193 - 06/30/17 06:52 PM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: ram_man]
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For which vehicle are you wanting pads?
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#4446198 - 06/30/17 06:58 PM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: JustinH]
Trav Offline


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Originally Posted By: JustinH
I don't think you will notice a difference between most brands of brake pad on a economy car anyways.


Oh you will believe me. Put a set of really good pads on and the difference in stopping power is considerable. I just changed elcheapo pads and rotors on a Golf with Zimmerman rotors and ATE pads and its night and day, one is like a marshmallow and the other a boat anchor.
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#4446249 - 06/30/17 08:22 PM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: Trav]
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: CA
Originally Posted By: Trav
Originally Posted By: JustinH
I don't think you will notice a difference between most brands of brake pad on a economy car anyways.


Oh you will believe me. Put a set of really good pads on and the difference in stopping power is considerable. I just changed elcheapo pads and rotors on a Golf with Zimmerman rotors and ATE pads and its night and day, one is like a marshmallow and the other a boat anchor.


Agreed. If the OP is on a budget, and if he will listen, he should consider Mopar Value Line pads at a minimum.
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#4446273 - 06/30/17 08:56 PM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 03/20/08
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Akebono ProACT, Wagner Thermoquiet, or EBC Ultimax/Blackstuff. If it's for a truck or SUV, you might be able to get Wagner OEX pads.

I'm not really a fan of "economy" brake pads. ACDelco (Dis)Advantage and Mopar Value Line included. Cheap no-good junk just to say you put (Mopar/Delco) on.

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#4446276 - 06/30/17 09:02 PM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: ram_man]
Jimzz Offline


Registered: 10/03/14
Posts: 1145
Loc: NoVA
AC delco brake pads (Advantage and Pro line) are made by Raybestos. So cross shop those to each other.

For advance and AZ skip the black and silver lines. The Gold and Platinum are good though.
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#4446358 - 06/30/17 11:00 PM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: JustinH]
Ducked Offline


Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4368
Loc: Taiwan
Originally Posted By: JustinH
I don't think you will notice a difference between most brands of brake pad on a economy car anyways.

This time I used bosch stuff on my wife's car, I never notice a difference in performance from that versus any other brand.

I typically buy what rockauto has on sale, that sounds like a non junky brand and that has been ok so far.


If you do notice a difference, it probably won't matter in practice. The tyres stop the car, not the brakes. Pretty much any functional braking system can lock the wheels up on an emergency stop, which is more braking than you can use.

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#4446393 - 07/01/17 12:08 AM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: Trav]
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Registered: 07/01/09
Posts: 420
Loc: Seattle
Originally Posted By: Trav
Advantage line is worthless scrap but so is the AZ AA, etc stuff for the most part unless you buy their top of the line. You get what you pay for and brake pads is one part its best not to try and save money.
advantage is just acdelcos line to compete with other parts houses "value" read that as low end [censored], lines. You want good acdelco pads get durastop or if they have it like for instance on a crown vic their performance line is excellent. Dont skimp on what stops you.
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#4446397 - 07/01/17 12:15 AM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: Ducked]
Superflop Offline


Registered: 07/01/09
Posts: 420
Loc: Seattle
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Originally Posted By: Ducked
Originally Posted By: JustinH
I don't think you will notice a difference between most brands of brake pad on a economy car anyways.

This time I used bosch stuff on my wife's car, I never notice a difference in performance from that versus any other brand.

I typically buy what rockauto has on sale, that sounds like a non junky brand and that has been ok so far.


If you do notice a difference, it probably won't matter in practice. The tyres stop the car, not the brakes. Pretty much any functional braking system can lock the wheels up on an emergency stop, which is more braking than you can use.
brakes stop the car, tires maintain friction With the road to effect that stop. That is why i dont skimp on either.


Edited by Superflop (07/01/17 12:16 AM)
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#4446466 - 07/01/17 06:41 AM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 03/15/10
Posts: 32
Loc: Dallas, TX
I agree you may not notice a difference. If you plan on keeping the vehicle a while, go with the Duralast gold pads. I'm assuming AZ still has a lifetime warranty. I have them on my '04 Trailblazer EXT. It's a fairly heavy vehicle and I've never had hard stopping issues. I'm on my third set I believe. Walk into AZ with the old pads, walk out with new ones without any hassles.

Also agree about having quality tires. The Michelin LTX tires is a good combo for my set-up.
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#4446473 - 07/01/17 07:00 AM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2506
Loc: Central Maryland
Originally Posted By: ram_man
I am wanting a concensous on the quality of the advantage line of parts. For $31 you can buy front pads that are ceramic with hardware included. Or you can spend $75 at autozone and they're still semi metallic and do not come with hardware. My manager of course says ac delco advantage is in no way comparable to the duralast quality. What do you guys honestly think? I know some of autozone parts are made by quality companies but I'd imagine ac delco is as well.

Semi-metallic is an older/cheaper technology that's easier to get right at low price points. Ceramic, just the opposite. I don't recommend either per se, other than avoiding cheap Ceramic. I recommend getting the OEM fitment, that is, if it came with one type of pad, use that type of pad.

You don't mention which one of the 3 vehicles (or another) this is for, otherwise you might get some specific recommendations.

As for "I don't think you will notice a difference..." even my wife notices new pads on her vehicle. Simple reason, the pedal is higher and firmer. Part of that is a good brake bleed, part thicker pads replacing thinner ones. Other noticeable things are grabbiness, dust, and noise. For that, getting specific experiences helps... but then you'd have to tell us which vehicle you're putting them on.

As for noticing performance, that comment is true if you don't heat up your brakes in successive stops on a hot day. Most people, heck, most BITOGer's won't notice the performance difference between cheap and great pads unless tracked, or heading down Mount Washington in an overloaded van. That's when the superior non-fading, heat handling performance of better pads come out.
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#4446492 - 07/01/17 07:15 AM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 18954
Loc: Sunny Florida
Originally Posted By: ram_man
I am wanting a concensous on the quality of the advantage line of parts. For $31 you can buy front pads that are ceramic with hardware included. Or you can spend $75 at autozone and they're still semi metallic and do not come with hardware. My manager of course says ac delco advantage is in no way comparable to the duralast quality. What do you guys honestly think? I know some of autozone parts are made by quality companies but I'd imagine ac delco is as well.


I just bought pads for a 3500 series service van that weighs 9000 pounds. AAP Gold series are excellent quality, long lasting, and very smooth and powerful under your foot no matter the conditions.

Plus they are extremely economical as well...
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#4446575 - 07/01/17 10:13 AM Re: Ad delco advantage brake pads [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 5397
Loc: MIchigan
I put AC Delco Advantage Ceramics on the front of my vehicle and noticed a big difference. This was with original rotors that had 175k miles. The vehicle now has 260k miles and still brakes well. I'd recommend them.

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