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If you mean that they included much thinner rotors so that they wear out as fast as the pads, then that's lame.

I'm not completely sure, but I think it's because the van is a light duty commercial vehicle, the brakes have to be able to dissipate a lot of heat because they can carry a lot of weight. (They're generally rated at about 10,000 pounds fully loaded, give or take a bit depending on the specific equipment.) So they can't tolerate much wear on the rotors. Combine that with pretty thick pads, and they generally wear out together.

I've read reports of people getting 100k miles out of their brakes, so I don't see a problem. Granted, those reports are from people who put several hundred miles a day on their vans 5 or 6 or 7 days a week.

Some might say that changing pads every 5k or 10k miles on a little sports car is also crazy. In the end, you ask if the vehicle is doing what you want it to do at a reasonable cost.

Which gets back to the OP's question. Which is completely unanswerable without knowing what vehicle we're talking about and how they use that vehicle.

--Peter
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