Took mine for a service (42000) in February and I asked for the front pads to be changed, first change of pads
(rears were fine) as I could only see about 5mm remainig on the outside pad. They stated in the report they were fine, and I should get another 5-10k from them, I was surprised to say the least.
MOT due 30th April, took it to a local garage, aquaintance of mine, and was told that it wouldn't get through, which I was fine with, as I had noticed the brakes had become a bit spongy and had a slght squeak at lower speeds, plus it looked as though there had been significant wear since the service.
Sailed through MOT, BUT the report on the front brakes....they had been binding, the outside pad had about 3-4mm, the inside more than double this. Obviously this had been going on for some time. I check to see if brakes are ok at junctions by taking foot off the brake on very slight slopes and seeing if the car rolls, it always has, but I suppose when you have a diesel lump at the front it will probably take more than binding brakes to stop it.
The car is now a completely different animal
and to top it of it appears that my fuel comsumption has significanlty improved, by 2-3 mpg, which makes sense given binding brakes. I want to get through a couple of tanks before this is proven though.
Anyway, I would suggest that the brakes are checked for binding at any service/maintenance, the pads removed and liberal amounts of copper slip applied. I shall certainly be requesting this if she has to go in for anything in the future.