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Hi all. Hi all. Been quoted £219 for front brake pads fitted,by my local Alfa specialists in Peterborough. Would like to know what you guys have been paying.
 

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only pads?

An hour work at most, and a set of pads. Seems excessive...

If the current wear continues, I'll do 100k with my front pads, currently on 38k so it's a fair bit off yet. I do remove the wheel and pads up front every 10k or so for proper cleaning and lubricating (brembos)
 

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Thats interesting. Ive only done 20k. Came up on the mot the other day. How long are they supposed to last on average? My other half drives it most of the time..like a 1.2 Vauxhall astra. ?
 

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Okay, thanks for the reply. Are brembo the best bet for my car? What pads does it use at the minute?
 

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I've got a 2011 QV, got Pagid pads from Euro Car parts for £50 took my time and it only about 1-1/2 hours to change the pads, but repainted the calipers as well whilst i had the chance.
 

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I have standard Pagid pads and Bendix (Honeywell) discs on the front of my G.

For road use I cannot fault the combination.

The discs have a coating so the bits where the pads don't touch stay rust free. The pads are quiet, work well at all times and don't make too much dust.
 

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I fitted new discs n pads all round on my car for less than 120 quid changing the pads is Easy for any diy mechanic
 

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Thats interesting. Ive only done 20k. Came up on the mot the other day. How long are they supposed to last on average? My other half drives it most of the time..like a 1.2 Vauxhall astra. ?
the pads only have about 6mm of flesh when new, so you'll have to check. they look almost finished but have 4mm left.
 

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Forgot to mention..the brake fluid has never been touched. I asked Alfa Peterborough to check it during the mot and sort it if needed. I asked them to change it during my last service, but they said it was fine for another year. It's now due. They came back saying I need new pads. Is it possible the braking is worse due to the brake fluid and not the pads?
 

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I bought my car with 14k miles on the clock and still don't need to replace the front brake pads, my car is now at 50k miles and I think Electronic Q2 etc has saved me a fortune in tyres and brake pads. I have a genuine set of pads to fit when I need to!
 

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I bought my car with 14k miles on the clock and still don't need to replace the front brake pads, my car is now at 50k miles and I think Electronic Q2 etc has saved me a fortune in tyres and brake pads. I have a genuine set of pads to fit when I need to!
Bought mine at 14000 to. How can mine need changing at 20000?? Seems a bit odd. May get a second opinion me thinks .
 

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I bought my car with 14k miles on the clock and still don't need to replace the front brake pads, my car is now at 50k miles and I think Electronic Q2 etc has saved me a fortune in tyres and brake pads. I have a genuine set of pads to fit when I need to!
The electronic Q2 increases wear on the brake pads, as it will brake wheels independently of each other to simulate a proper Q2 diff.
 

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The electronic Q2 increases wear on the brake pads, as it will brake wheels independently of each other to simulate a proper Q2 diff.
TBH you are probably right about the brake pads, but I'm sure it's saved me some tyre life, my old 147 115bhp jtd used to eat tyres with the ASR switched off, I used to love sliding the front of that car! It's feels very uncomfortable in the G and so I tend to drive smoother and probably faster thinking more about corner speed and input throttle. But going back to brake pads, I don't think they get an easy life with me and I reckon I will get to about 55k before I need to fit the first set of pads to the front wheels. Maybe I'm just getting older and don't go so fast anymore?
 

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I am not sure.

To be honest I don't like the sensation that the electronic Q2 gives when it is in operation, so I tend to slow down on corners.


I don't know whether to trust it to keep the car on the road or not.

The fact that the steering gives zero information about how much grip the tyres have probably makes the situation worse as well.
 

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I am not sure.

To be honest I don't like the sensation that the electronic Q2 gives when it is in operation, so I tend to slow down on corners.


I don't know whether to trust it to keep the car on the road or not.

The fact that the steering gives zero information about how much grip the tyres have probably makes the situation worse as well.
I agree with your comments about the EQ2, but have never felt that the steering gives no feedback in the 147 or the G? Given that we both have the same engined car what size wheels and make of tyres have you got? I have only ever driven the diesel engined versions of the Giulietta but love the pointyness and confidence that the chassis provides.
 

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I have Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric 2's on 17" wheels

Previously I have had Michelin PS-3 on there as well.

The car does handle well, I won't disagree with that, and although it feels meaty and is accurate the steering filters out just about all sensation from the road.

Pretty much all electric systems and some hydraulic ones are the same though.

I havn't ever driven a 147, but have had four 156's and the steering on them is much better than that on the G when it comes to feedback.
 

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Spacers will sort that. it'll push the pivot point towards the inside wall so the thrust forces on the tyres can create a momentum different on the inside and outside of the tyre. When both tyres grip they'll cancel each other out but when one side loses grip the other wheel will turn towards that side. You'll feel this in the steering wheel.

You'll also get less scrubbing when turning full lock.
 

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Won't spaces cause other issues instead though?

Like effectively softening the suspension due to the wheel being further from the suspension arm pivot?
 
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