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    Ordered a set of front and rear brake pads yesterday from my local dealer, gave them the reg, chassis no, model etc and the pads were delivered.

    So far so good, until the local garage tried to fit them.

    Got a phone call at lunchtime, these pads don't fit

    Eh, so back onto the dealer, after a 20 min wait on the phone, the parts manager comes back on, sorry about the delay etc.

    He went on to tell me that my car has police spec brakes fitted and he would have to order the pads.

    Police spec I said, yes your car was an ex vauxhall lease car and de-fleeted at 18k. It was an ex unmarked police car.

    I had tried to contact / find the previous owner to ask about servicing etc and I kept hitting a brick wall, now I know why.

    Police spec brakes........Bonus

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    I'm guessing that means you basically have GSi brakes on your CDTi 150. Result!

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    Suppose that is the case, but 2 local dealers did not have the pads in stock, which I found strange.

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    They wont be anything too special.... they will just be the highest spec brakes that were available for a Vec at the time it was put together by VX Speacial Vehicles at Luton.

    Still a bonus though.... lets just hope it doesn't end up costing you more as a result!!

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    Wonder what else there was in your mota that the cops have taken out...

    Maybe some empty plug sockets somewhere...

    Good job you found out in the end, being it a good one...

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    The only other thing I have found so far is that the sun visors looked pretty new when I picked the car up. They still had stickers on them with a date 0206, which I found strange as the car was an 05 model. Coincidence

    Nothing else unusual yet, must have a good look round when I have some daylight.

    Spooky........cops in MY car, better than the other way round I suppose.

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    Might be new sun visors as they may have had Tracker fitted (which has a monitor built into the passenger side visor), but I doubt very much tat it ould ever have been a proper 'operational' police vehicle, otherwise the mileage on it would be much higher and the seats would be ruined by cuffs, batons and cs holsters.

    It was probably a demo or pool car, maybe used by CID or Crime Squad.... otherwise it would be full of holes in the dash for screens and radios and holes in the roof for aeriels and lights!!!

    Either way, you can guarantee it was well serviced, and was probably driven very hard aswell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie1979 View Post
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    Either way, you can guarantee it was well serviced, and was probably driven very hard aswell.
    I'll vouch for that. Our Vecs get hammered, but stand up to it pretty well. That's the main reason I got one.

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    Pads just been delivered from dealer

    Original standard pads delivered yesterday £ 20.54 + VAT

    New spec pads delivered today £60.50 + VAT

    WTF........ 3 times the price of standard pads and that was with a trade card discount.

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    I wouldnt be having that. If you weren't told it had police spec brakes, and they were gonna cost 3 times as much, then they should stump up the difference.

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