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    hi folks,

    had the warning lamp for front brake pads come on last night - does anybody know how much life there will be left in them until they start rumbling...

    is it best going for GM pads, or is there a better option? i'm not fussed on price... i.e i'm not necassarily looking for a cheaper option...!!

    also, how difficult are they to change...?? don't really want to pay someone else to do it...!!

    cheers,

    ian

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    dont think there will be much left on them if the light came on i have just replaced mine with gm again they are just as good as anything else

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    You've left it a little too late already, as the sensor will now need to be replaced as well (or short circuited), so you shouldn't hang about much longer. Unless you're going for something "specialist" like EBC Green Stuff pads, then genuine VX are amongst the best you'll find to fit your car - £15 Apac pads and stuff like that aren't as good.

    You'll see quite a bit mentioned on here about brake "kits" - a pair of disks and 4 pads from Vx dealers for either front or rear axles for £65+VAT, but bare in mind those pads aren't the standard Vx ones, they're cheaper quality.

    Original spec pads from Vx are £70ish, or £50ish if you access to Trade Club prices. Alternatively, check out www.carpartsconnexion.com for discounted parts from Vx dealers; I got a set of front pads from there for £23 in VAT and postage, although £30-£35 seems a more common price.

    Fitting is not hard - GSi3.2 has written a How2, plus Haynes can be of help if it's your first time. Remember to ignore any advice about "piston retraction tools" - they're only needed on the rear brakes, due to the handbrake mechanism being located there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas1 View Post
    a pair of disks and 4 pads from Vx dealers for either front or rear axles for £65+VAT, but bare in mind those pads aren't the standard Vx ones, they're cheaper quality.

    Haynes can be of help if it's your first time.

    thats what i paid + vat and i got vx ones i didnt think vauxhall sold anything else and cant fault them at all

    haynes dont do a manual to cover the 3.2 it has been commented on here somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectragsi3.2 View Post
    thats what i paid + vat and i got vx ones i didnt think vauxhall sold anything else and cant fault them at all

    haynes dont do a manual to cover the 3.2 it has been commented on here somewhere
    There's lots of threads on this; I think Duncan first noticed it and several other people have confirmed it. They're not bad pads, but not as good as the original/full price ones.

    As for the 3.2 and Haynes - there's very little difference in the procedure.

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    the only other set are the police brake pads

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    hi folks,

    thanks for all of the advice... been and ordered some VX ones... still get my vauxhall employee discount... which is good seeing as though the plant has been knocked down and i haven't worked for VX for years...!!!

    cheers again,

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectragsi3.2 View Post
    the only other set are the police brake pads
    Here you go:

    http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread...ighlight=brake

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    GM pads not bad but not good either IMO...since I changed pads recently the car brakes much much better.
    BTW when the warning light pops on, the pads should have like 3-5 mm left I think.
    On the other hand yes you cant do the service yourself...if you have the tools and want to have your hands dirty

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