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Subject: Re: Problems with my Sentra Date: 10/12/2011 12:30 PM
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xtn,

You wrote, I think 40K miles is reasonable for the average street pads, but I'm surprised you needed rotors that soon. Even on my car the rotors last for about three pad changes.

If you're driving in-town, I'd tend to agree about 40K. I used to average about 50K miles on a set of front pads and 100K miles on the back. Front rotors turned at 100K miles and all 4 rotors replaced at 200K miles. I saw essentially the same pattern on a '86 Integra and a '99 Accord. I'm a fairly aggressive driver and use my brakes a lot; but I do over half my driving on in-town freeways.

Supposedly my 2006 Accord uses the rear brakes more aggressively than older models (the vehicle doesn't nose-down as much when braking), which might be why I'm still on the original pads at 64K miles. No doubt I'll need to replace pads soon; but I've just begun to notice some signs of rotor warping as well, so the rotors might need to be turned when I get the pads replaced.

What kills me is replacing tires from in-town driving. My first two years with this car I did 80% of my driving on side roads. I ate up the tread on the OEM tires in only 26K miles. I'm used to getting 50-60K miles when I drive mostly on the freeway. Of course gas mileage dropped about 6 MPGs in-town as well.

In recent years I returned to a freeway commute. It seems to put a lot less wear per mile on the car and costs less per mile in fuel; but I think I got jaded not having to spend so much time in this stupid traffic.

- Joel
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