Feel free to talk about anything related to cars, but I'm starting the thread this week out of purely selfish motives: I am approaching 75k miles on my brakes and associated parts, and I am reaching a point where I am going to need to sink some money to replace them. The only time I've needed brakes previously, I could only afford the cheapest/most cost effective option. I'm in a little different position now, so looking for some input on doing this the right way, even if that means spending a few extra bucks. Here are some questions I have (for reference, I drive a Chevy Malibu and live in the Midwest/rust belt):
- Any recommendations for high quality brake pads? Any websites you would recommend that have good information along these lines?
- I have read differing opinions about the need to replace rotors along with pads. It seems like it is a generally good idea, but not necessarily a necessity. Opinions on this?
- Any other general recommendations or lessons learned based on your experience?