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Well, i'm looking for a little better braking, so i'm looking to change the brake pads to Axxis or something else. i'm not too concerned about dust, as long as it does a good job braking and it doesnt squeak.

My car has 35k miles. would there be any need to change the rotors too? i'd rather not if i didn't have to, but would new rotors increase the braking performance?
http://www.importrp.com/catalogm.php?man=34&type=270&year=31&year_name=2000
 

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I'm getting my brakes done in 2 weeks. I went a bought PowerSlot rotors and Mintex red box (sets for front and back) from http://www.parts4vws.com. I'm having Shine Racing (http://www.shineracing.com) in Walpole, MA install them (along with a GIAC chip and Bailey DV).

The stock rotors/pads are pretty bad. I noticed that with mist or rain, if the rotors/pads got wet, there would be a 5 second delay before there was any grab. Very dangerous on the highway, and almost made my underwear messy a few times.

At my 30k service, the VW service department said that my rear rotors/pads were "gone" and needed to be replaced to the tune of $380. So I asked "Why would I replace them with the same thing if they're 'crap' after 30k miles?" No answer. No service.

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D.Passat00 said:
Well, i'm looking for a little better braking, so i'm looking to change the brake pads to Axxis or something else. i'm not too concerned about dust, as long as it does a good job braking and it doesnt squeak.

My car has 35k miles. would there be any need to change the rotors too? i'd rather not if i didn't have to, but would new rotors increase the braking performance?
http://www.importrp.com/catalogm.php?man=34&type=270&year=31&year_name=2000
 

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If you decide to install new rotors instead of Powerslots I highly recommend ATE Powerdiscs up front and a good set of plain-faced rotors in the rear. ATE Powerdiscs do a better job of keeping cool than other slotted rotors I've used and the slot-pattern influences even brakepad wear! PBR/Axxis Ultimates or EBC Greenstuff compound brakepads would sure up that your braking would improve over the stock setup.

Something else you should consider doing is bleeding the brake system and replacing the OEM DOT4 fluid with something that has a higher boiling point. Everyone loves ATE SuperBlue fluid; which is an excellent recommendation, but if you own a manual transmission VW/Audi or don't want to get sh*$ from your dealership or inspection station go with ATE Type-200! Investing in a good set of stainless steel brake-lines would also give you firm pedal-feel.
 

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I don't want the dead horse beaten further. But I have a slightly different question.

Do the VW dealerships honor requests to install aftermarket brake pads/rotors when it is time to change them without fussing. My car is nearing 40K miles service (2years 3 months) and I plan to get new ones.

Warranty issues?
 

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I don't want the dead horse beaten further. But I have a slightly different question.

Do the VW dealerships honor requests to install aftermarket brake pads/rotors when it is time to change them without fussing. My car is nearing 40K miles service (2years 3 months) and I plan to get new ones.

Warranty issues?

Depends on the dealership concerning the install of non-VW components. Most dealerships will not install non VW components but for those who do will note on the service ticket that aftermarket parts were installed, which will void any warranty claim you make concerning the brakes. I provided my dealership Axxis Ultimate pads when they replaced my rotors for the 3rd time under warranty and my Service Advisor instructed me that they will not cover the rotors again under warrany. By that time ECS-Tuning or Stoptech will have a kit available for my car, and I'll never have to see the dealership for brakework again.

Is there a local VW/Audi tuner in your area? If so, then have the shop perform the installation. Most quality tuners use quality rotors and pads that are mentioned in the posts and they will be covered under warranty.
 

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The service department that I use (Colonial VW in MA) said they do NOT install aftermarket parts. It's too bad, because they lost the money they'd make on labor alone.

I feel it's their policy because they'd lose the 200% markup on the crap brake parts they try to pawn off.

In the end, I'm happier since Shine Racing is highly recommended, plus I'm now going to get a GIAC chip and DV. I wouldn't have even considered them if it wasn't for:
1. $380 for rear rotors/pad?? :crazy:
2. The service department I use refused to install my parts :crazy: :crazy:

-Craig


YetAnother20V said:
I don't want the dead horse beaten further. But I have a slightly different question.

Do the VW dealerships honor requests to install aftermarket brake pads/rotors when it is time to change them without fussing. My car is nearing 40K miles service (2years 3 months) and I plan to get new ones.

Warranty issues?
 

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brake jobs on the passat are pretty simple. read through a few of the write ups and get a feel for the job. will save you tons of $$ on the long run
 

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Ok, so i plan to use the following:

ATE power disc front rotors
https://www.evolutionsports.com/productDetail.cfm?catID=66&ProductID=849

ATE rear

http://216.111.176.236/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/IBusinessCatalog?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&langId=-1&categoryId=801039&cat1=800026&cat2=800962&cat3=803379&cv=null&gv=null&parent_category_rn=801039&year=2000&clientid=ety&cookieID=16G00LUGI&accNo=223765&baseurl=http://208.233.99.171/ety/&cmd=IBusinessCatalog

PBR/Axxis Ultimate brake pads

http://www.importrp.com/catalogm.php?man=34&type=270&year=31&year_name=2000[/url]

i'm also considering the following:

ATE type 200

https://www.evolutionsports.com/productDetail.cfm?catID=94&ProductID=956

Stainless steel line

https://www.evolutionsports.com/productDetail.cfm?catID=94&ProductID=956

but what's the real advantage to the type 200 and the stainless lines? does it improve braking performance?
 
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