front brake pads for 2004 Camry

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Old 17 Nov 2009, 12:17 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Need to replace front brake pads on 2004 Camry 4 cyl. I looked at suppliers
and was amazed at variety and costs. Some approach $100 per set.
What pads do you readers recommend?
Thank you,
Seamus J. Wilson


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Old 18 Nov 2009, 07:58 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I guess I'm going to have to leave this list now. Took the ol' 99
Camry in to the dealer with every intent of driving out with a new 2010
model and ended up pulling off the lot in a 2010 RAV4!

Doesn't look like there is a newsgroup for RAV4 owners, so I may have to see
what is in the alt.autos.Toyota group for a while.

Loved all 3 of my Camry's, and my Corollas before that, so I'm sure the
RAV4 will be wonderful as well!



"Seamus J. Wilson" <sligo@cox.net> wrote in message
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> Need to replace front brake pads on 2004 Camry 4 cyl. I looked at
> suppliers and was amazed at variety and costs. Some approach $100 per
> set.
> What pads do you readers recommend?
> Thank you,
> Seamus J. Wilson
>


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Old 19 Nov 2009, 11:27 am   #3 (permalink)
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"Seamus J. Wilson" <sligo@cox.net> wrote in message
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> Need to replace front brake pads on 2004 Camry 4 cyl. I looked at
> suppliers and was amazed at variety and costs. Some approach $100 per
> set.
> What pads do you readers recommend?
> Thank you,
> Seamus J. Wilson


I just checked at NapaOnline and found only one set of pads for that car
that
was in the $100 range. Their ultrapremium range was in the order of $45.
IMO Napa has a generally high quality line of products.

I have even bought pads from Autozone, and if you buy the high quality pads
they work out just fine.

My recommendation would be to go to Napa, or your favorite FLAPS, and
talk to the counter people about it. Go with a high line pad and I dont
think
you will go wrong.

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Old 19 Nov 2009, 03:32 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Seamus J. Wilson" <sligo@cox.net> wrote in message
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> Need to replace front brake pads on 2004 Camry 4 cyl. I looked at
> suppliers and was amazed at variety and costs. Some approach $100 per
> set.
> What pads do you readers recommend?
> Thank you,
> Seamus J. Wilson


I'd get the OE pads from the Toyota dealer. Front pads from online Toyota
parts dealers are around $50.94. Rear pads are another $42.39. Take a look
at: http://www.toyotapartscheap.com/.

Ed

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Old 20 Nov 2009, 12:13 am   #5 (permalink)
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Akebono ProAct ceramics. Toyota supposedly used a cheaper version (EE-
friction rated) of the Akebono pads.

www.akebonobrakes.com

If you want better performance, use Hawk Performance HPS carbon
metallic pads. Some say they are quiet, others say they may squeal a
bit. So break these in according to directions.

www.hawkperformance.com

Both should be about $50-60 per set online.



On Nov 17, 10:17*am, "Seamus J. Wilson" <sl...@cox.net> wrote:
> Need to replace front brake pads on 2004 Camry 4 cyl. *I looked at suppliers
> and was amazed at variety and costs. *Some approach $100 per set.
> What pads do you readers recommend?
> Thank you,
> Seamus J. Wilson


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Old 21 Nov 2009, 05:33 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"C. E. White" <cewhite3remove@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> I'd get the OE pads from the Toyota dealer. Front pads from online Toyota
> parts dealers are around $50.94. Rear pads are another $42.39. Take a look
> at: http://www.toyotapartscheap.com/.
>
> Ed

That isnt a bad price at all. I might go OEM if it were convenient to do
it.
Otherwise, I wouldnt worry about it.

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"hls" <hls@nospam.nix> wrote in message
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> "C. E. White" <cewhite3remove@mindspring.com> wrote in message
>> I'd get the OE pads from the Toyota dealer. Front pads from online
>> Toyota parts dealers are around $50.94. Rear pads are another
>> $42.39. Take a look at: http://www.toyotapartscheap.com/.
>>
>> Ed

> That isnt a bad price at all. I might go OEM if it were convenient
> to do it.
> Otherwise, I wouldnt worry about it.


I've always been of the opinion that the OE pads were best for most
people. Vehicle manufacturers do a lot of testing and have to be sure
that their pads meet all safety standards. Aftermarket suppleir also
have to meet safety standards, but I can't see them doing the sort of
testing the vehicle manufactuers conduct.

I've always been bothered by how Ford and GM handle aftermarket sales.
The Motorcraft and Delco aftermarket pads are not always (or even
usually) the same as the OE pads. If you want OE pads, you have to go
to the dealer and make sure they order them by P/N. And of course,
they are usually more expensive than the aftermarket pads sold under
the Motorcraft or Delco brand names. To me this seems to be somewhat
devious. When people buy "Motorcraft" or "Delco" pads, they are
assuming the are getting OE quality. Unfortunately this is usually not
true.

Ed White


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Old 24 Nov 2009, 02:31 pm   #8 (permalink)
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"C. E. White" <cewhite3@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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> "hls" <hls@nospam.nix> wrote in message
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>> "C. E. White" <cewhite3remove@mindspring.com> wrote in message
>>> I'd get the OE pads from the Toyota dealer. Front pads from online
>>> Toyota parts dealers are around $50.94. Rear pads are another $42.39.
>>> Take a look at: http://www.toyotapartscheap.com/.
>>>
>>> Ed

>> That isnt a bad price at all. I might go OEM if it were convenient to do
>> it.
>> Otherwise, I wouldnt worry about it.

>
> I've always been of the opinion that the OE pads were best for most
> people. Vehicle manufacturers do a lot of testing and have to be sure that
> their pads meet all safety standards. Aftermarket suppleir also have to
> meet safety standards, but I can't see them doing the sort of testing the
> vehicle manufactuers conduct.
>
> I've always been bothered by how Ford and GM handle aftermarket sales. The
> Motorcraft and Delco aftermarket pads are not always (or even usually) the
> same as the OE pads. If you want OE pads, you have to go to the dealer and
> make sure they order them by P/N. And of course, they are usually more
> expensive than the aftermarket pads sold under the Motorcraft or Delco
> brand names. To me this seems to be somewhat devious. When people buy
> "Motorcraft" or "Delco" pads, they are assuming the are getting OE
> quality. Unfortunately this is usually not true.
>
> Ed White


Devious and dealerships go together, Ed. I have never found any advantage
at all by going with OEM parts.

Are you really sure that vehicle manufacturers do a lot of testing on the
parts?
I'm not. But I suspect that the contract manufacturers who supply these
parts
are responsible for meeting the specs that the manufacturer sets.

Remember that the aftermarket suppliers are in the direct line of fire for
liability
suits. And a lot of them have very high technology levels and
manufacturing
quality standards.

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