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    Got to replace the discs and pads on my 2003 2.0DTi.

    Gonna get my local garage to do it, but should I get them to use genuine VX parts or 3rd party ones? I can get a full set of VX pads and discs for £125.

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    i'm going to upgrade mine when they wear out ! cant see the point of puting VX ones back on as they are not that good in the first place ! each to there own though mate !

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    You should ALWAYS fit VX parts where you can , as there are some VERY suprious quality 3rd party parts avaliable these days.. One local supplier even went as far as to tell me the friction material was camel dung..' as thats how long they last'....

    that price you've been quoted is WWAAYY too high.. you need to order the complete kit of 93186297 at £65.00 + vat.. thats for both discs and the pads to fit your car...... and thats FULL RETAIL as well.. so £76.38 all in, unless you can blag trade discount..
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    Quote Originally Posted by veccy22 View Post
    i'm going to upgrade mine when they wear out ! cant see the point of puting VX ones back on as they are not that good in the first place ! each to there own though mate !
    I beg to differ. The Vx OEM pads are good stuff. The pads in the Vx aftermarket kit that Mark has described above are okay - but the OEM Vx pads are even better. The OEM pads on my 302mm brakes (for example) before I upgraded to 314mm brakes were made by (and stamped up) Ferodo! Now tell me that they aren't decent pads.

    What I did was get the brake kit (discs and Vx aftermarket pads) and then buy the OEM pads separately - very noticeable difference between the two. Also, doing it that way was still cheaper than buying just a set of discs from Vx!

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    Red Dot discs & kevlar pads for me when I upgrade very soon - I've used them before & they were superb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    You should ALWAYS fit VX parts where you can , as there are some VERY suprious quality 3rd party parts avaliable these days.. One local supplier even went as far as to tell me the friction material was camel dung..' as thats how long they last'....

    that price you've been quoted is WWAAYY too high.. you need to order the complete kit of 93186297 at £65.00 + vat.. thats for both discs and the pads to fit your car...... and thats FULL RETAIL as well.. so £76.38 all in, unless you can blag trade discount..
    When I said for full set before - that's for both front and back. I think separately they are £65 each. Does that sound more reasonable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    I beg to differ. The Vx OEM pads are good stuff. The pads in the Vx aftermarket kit that Mark has described above are okay - but the OEM Vx pads are even better. The OEM pads on my 302mm brakes (for example) before I upgraded to 314mm brakes were made by (and stamped up) Ferodo! Now tell me that they aren't decent pads.

    What I did was get the brake kit (discs and Vx aftermarket pads) and then buy the OEM pads separately - very noticeable difference between the two. Also, doing it that way was still cheaper than buying just a set of discs from Vx!

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    This may sound really stupid, but aren't the aftermarket ones the same as OEM ones? Or are the OEMs the ones that you originally get the car with? Will my local stealer know what I'm asking for if I ask for OEM pads?

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsterngillet View Post
    This may sound really stupid, but aren't the aftermarket ones the same as OEM ones?
    No. Aftermarket are what comes in the disc/pad kits - and can also be bought separately (I think) at a lower cost to the OEM ones.
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    Or are the OEMs the ones that you originally get the car with?
    Yes
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    Will my local stealer know what I'm asking for if I ask for OEM pads?
    They should do if they are any good. Let me know if you need part numbers so that you're pre-armed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsterngillet View Post
    When I said for full set before - that's for both front and back. I think separately they are £65 each. Does that sound more reasonable?
    That sounds more like it.....you didn't state it was for all four corners before , so i assumed it was just for 1 axle....

    as Duncan says, get the OEM front pads if you enjoy 'enthusiastic' driving..they will have a better feel.. but for day to day motoring you can safely stick with what comes in the box..and while having OEM rears is nice if you want the best brakes you can get, yet again the pads that come in the kit are far from poor quality..it all depends how much you 'use' your brakes.. both Duncan and I are fans of the police fitment 314mm pads on our GSi setups as we do like to 'use' our brakes, but i've swapped out several family cars now with the VX disc/pad kit and they have worn fine....

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    Yep, I should have added what Mark said above. There's nothing wrong with the aftermarket pads - for day to day use they are absolutely fine. It's, as Mark said, if you like to do a good bit of 'enthusiastic' driving that the OEM pads will benefit - you notice a big difference with them. You can brake later than the aftermarket pads and they'll haul you up quicker in all situations.

    As above, I've got the Police spec pads on my 314mm fronts and OEM pads on my 292mm rears and they stop the car very nicely indeed. Ya pays yer money.......

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