Maybe its the difference in pad shape from the early cars to the longer
ones on the newer cars.
I was happy with some of the ones I had besides the slight low speed
groan until they cracked in half.
There is also a susceptibility variation between people…some just
want to stop without sparks shooting from the wheels, while others
like very smooth quiet stops.
Pads that don’t wear, wear out the rotors…they must.
Where do you get wagner brake pads?
From my experience, you can get serviceable aftermarket parts, but
the quality is always lower…sometimes this does not matter, or
you can live with it due to the price difference, but its always
aftermarket brake pads…3 sets cracked in half, all had low speed
aftermarket fan clutch…did not clutch…tried two, same thing
aftermarket power steering hose…did not have same metal bit to clamp
aftermarket distributor cap…silly blue color
aftermarket fuel filter…made pump noisy
aftermarket coil…does not fit the same, cant fit water cover
aftermarket hoses and belts…ok so far…
aftermarket brake disks…sent two back, using others
aftermarket cam cover gaskets…get hard fast, not like OEM…
aftermarket wires…don’t have the warning, covers don’t fit right
aftermarket oxy sensor…have to solder wires on…but much cheaper.
aftermarket U joints…very lower quality then the original
…Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 14:15:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [modern] Brake pads
I have 30k on a full set of Wagner brake pads on my '89 and just got through
checking them and the rotors for wear. This car is an everyday driver and
spends about 50% of the time in city traffic. The pad wear is barely
noticable, the rotors are in fine shape with barely any discernable (measured
with a micrometer) wear and the braking performance has been excellent since
doing the brake job. However, the best part has been that I have the
cleanest Jag wheels in town.
It seems like everyone on the list has a success or failure story concerning
virtually every aspect of these cars. My feeling about non-Jaguar parts is
that while some things should remain Jaguar, common sense should also
prevail. I saved nearly half the cost and wound up solving a problem in the
process by giving a company that has been making brake pads a LONG time
credit for knowing how to do it.
'89 Vanden Plas
(as robust stopping as it is going)