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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Quote Originally Posted by jliu View Post
    Anyone got a link for cross drilled rotors?

    I haven't had a chance to take off my wheels yet, but are the OEM rotors vented?

    Also, My parking/e-brake is pretty stiff, I don't really mind it, but is that normal? It doesn't go up very high in order to set it.
    Front Rotors are vented
    Rears are not vented.

    If you need to set your handbrake really high, that means your handbrake may needs some maintenance.

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    Good lookin' out Fuman!!

    Is there any reason as to why Mazda didn't use vented rotors for the rear?

    Link for cross drilled rotors anyone?
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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Quote Originally Posted by jliu View Post
    Good lookin' out Fuman!!

    Is there any reason as to why Mazda didn't use vented rotors for the rear?

    Link for cross drilled rotors anyone?
    there really is no need for vented rear.
    Most of the braking is done by the front, and Mazda 3 is technically a sub-compact.
    look at it this way, we save money on parts

    I think even the speed 3 is non-vented rear. (can a speed3 owner confirm please).

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    Updated P/N for the rear PBR XBG Semi-metallic pad is D1150M
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    I have 9 sets of HPS Mazda 3 front and rear pads instock if you guys are interested
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    290 Yorktech Dr. Unit 27 Markham Ontario email me at Jon@nextmod.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supershyguy View Post
    I have 9 sets of HPS Mazda 3 front and rear pads instock if you guys are interested
    I need to change my front and rear pads very very soon, pls give me the price for oem replacement and slightly higher grade. Also price for front rotors oem and after market pls. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuman View Post
    there really is no need for vented rear.
    Most of the braking is done by the front, and Mazda 3 is technically a sub-compact.
    look at it this way, we save money on parts

    I think even the speed 3 is non-vented rear. (can a speed3 owner confirm please).
    My rear rotors went first and I asked at the dealership about it and they told me that the the rears usually go first on the the 3 due to the brake force distribution.

    Anyone looking for some cross-drilled rotors should check this thread out as they've been getting pretty good reviews: http://www.torontomazda3.ca/forum/sh...t=30980&page=4

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    lots of HPS pads for the Mazda 3's are instock


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nextmod View Post
    lots of HPS pads for the Mazda 3's are instock

    My Hawks pads are about 50-60%, but the rotors i magnum rotors i purchased from nextmod, are rusty and practically done (50-55K KM usage).
    MY oem lasted up to 75-85K KM (front and rears)


    Anyone tried these from kijiji for the mazda 3? 2.0

    http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ392068587

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    Same thing on ebay
    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/2004-2012-MAZ...#ht_3417wt_808


    Has anyone bought these?


    Quote Originally Posted by 1nmhbacky View Post
    My Hawks pads are about 50-60%, but the rotors i magnum rotors i purchased from nextmod, are rusty and practically done (50-55K KM usage).
    MY oem lasted up to 75-85K KM (front and rears)

    Anyone tried these from kijiji for the mazda 3? 2.0

    http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ392068587

    http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ391104587

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    Just got Akebono EUR1095 EURO for the rear and Akebono ProAct for the front Will see how it goes
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    is anyone running these?

    http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/more...551&cc=1442061

    I'll be in the US to pick them up and the price looks good. Building a set of generic is either the same or even more expensive.

    I know the slotted/drilled isn't necessary but that's the way they come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leungalv View Post
    Just got Akebono EUR1095 EURO for the rear and Akebono ProAct for the front Will see how it goes
    Have you installed these? any updates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swerny View Post
    is anyone running these?

    http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/more...551&cc=1442061

    I'll be in the US to pick them up and the price looks good. Building a set of generic is either the same or even more expensive.

    I know the slotted/drilled isn't necessary but that's the way they come.
    That's AMAZING for the price! Let us know how the product is post install and a few drives. UPDATE please!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r4mi5awi View Post
    That's AMAZING for the price! Let us know how the product is post install and a few drives. UPDATE please!!!
    I didn't buy them yet as i didn't end up going to the US.

    Shipping to Canada is pricey and I don't need them yet but expect to need them soon as i'm at 104K.

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    I was told on my last service that my brake pads are done. I have a safety inspection coming up so double the reason to get these fixed. I have a Mazda 3 GX 2008 and was told that it will cost be approximately $400 + tax by the service shop. I want to get these myself and online as I assume that will be cheaper. I want the basic stuff, any links to what will suffice?

    Thanks a bunch

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    Hi all,

    Sorry noobie here. I was told I need to get my front brake pads and rotors changed. Looking for recommendations on what to get. Just a daily driver nothing crazy performance needed. Should I buy OEM parts?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by hilo View Post
    Hi all,

    Sorry noobie here. I was told I need to get my front brake pads and rotors changed. Looking for recommendations on what to get. Just a daily driver nothing crazy performance needed. Should I buy OEM parts?

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    You have some choices.
    - Max brakes. Fairly reasonable prices. It mostly has good reviews.
    - dealership with TM3 discount. OEM is not cheap even with the discount but many members recommend them.
    - Nextmod rotors and pads. OEM type. Generally good reviews. Although I think I heard the price went up or they switched to a more expensive brand.
    - AC Delco. I just got my front rotors and pads replaced with AC Delco premium coated rotors and premium ceramic pads. Rotors don't rust like the OEM ones. Got a 10% discount on parts and labour from the shop that I used in Richmond Hill. Happy with them.
    - Canadian Tire/Napa/Parts Source will have cheaper and more expensive options.
    - Rockauto online has some good prices.


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    Thanks for the suggestions Jackal! If you don't mind, could you share how much you ended up spending? The dealership is quoting me $500+ which seems like a lot. But I have no idea what's a reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hilo View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions Jackal! If you don't mind, could you share how much you ended up spending? The dealership is quoting me $500+ which seems like a lot. But I have no idea what's a reasonable price.
    I probably went overboard on mine but I got premium/pro grade AC Delco parts. Total was around $400 but it is better than the OEM stuff. Rotors are thicker and made of material that dissipates heat faster and coated so they won't rust. Pads are pro grade ceramic. Add 1.5 hours for labour (which should include servicing and lubricating calipers, bushings and slider pins). That's where you're paying more at the dealership. Had mine done at Lucky 8 in RH.

    If you go dealership, go to an Affiliated Dealership with TM3 where you can get 20% off on parts (not labour). You will be able to save some money but ask the advisor beforehand if they can give the discount.

    If you go with slightly cheaper parts from Canadian Tire or Maxbrakes - oem type front rotors and pads $125 taxes in and bring them to an independent shop and just pay the 1.5 hours of labour (1 hour is in the range of 70-80 per hour for an independent shop). So that would set you back $125-160 for parts and about $130 (labour taxes in). So you're looking at around $300 or cheaper this route.

    All of these will work fine but the dealership OEM or better parts will most likely last longer than the cheaper stuff.


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    Here's my experience. I installed new rotors + pads in June, so I have about 5k on them under all weather conditions, so I know I can safely recommend this setup for daily use.

    Rotors are the Centric premium part # 120.45066 & 120.45068
    Pads are the Stoptech Street performance (also made by Centric) 308.10440 & 308.10950

    Pads came with all necessary gear (hardware, lube)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHO View Post
    Here's my experience. I installed new rotors + pads in June, so I have about 5k on them under all weather conditions, so I know I can safely recommend this setup for daily use.

    Rotors are the Centric premium part # 120.45066 & 120.45068
    Pads are the Stoptech Street performance (also made by Centric) 308.10440 & 308.10950

    Pads came with all necessary gear (hardware, lube)
    Members may also be interested in prices and where they can source the parts as well as installation rates.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackal View Post
    Members may also be interested in prices and where they can source the parts as well as installation rates.


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    I left out the prices because, well, many people aren't going to drive across the border to pick up the parts, and getting them in Canada would mean a much higher cost.

    But, for the record, I guess I can edit my post with the prices I paid and from where I got the parts.

    Edit: well, looks like I can't edit my previous post, so I'll post the prices here.
    The pads were 50$ CAD a pair including shipping to the US border from RockAuto (always google "rock auto 5% discount code" first)
    The rotors were 43$ each for the fronts and 30$ each for the back, including shipping to the US border from JC Whitney (always use a coupon finder for this site)

    I then paid the taxes at border crossing, so add about 40$ for that. Total cost roughly 285$

    I DIY installed them, at a cost of 2 beers.
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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    max brakes is a good option. Been using max brakes for almost two years now and no issues.

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    Rock Auto is a good source for brake pads, but be aware of Stop Tech Street series 308, they are actually Posi-Quiet ceramic series#105 ,so you will pay premium for nothing. I returned one set thinking I will get back the correct part, nope, same thing came in the box. So, lesson learned, no Stop Tech Street anymore.

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