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windrifter
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2011 12:10:47 PM

I just had my brakes redone: new rotors and pads.
I checked back and found that the last complete service was at 96,000 km.
It had been about 110,000 km (65,000 miles). I had one cylinder seize up at around 120,000 km.
I coast to stop at traffic lights and drive a lot of highway miles, but I never thought brakes could last that long.

My mechanic said that he has some people come in requiring new brakes after as little as 25,000 km because they are "jack rabbit" drivers.

How long do your brakes last?
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waynecz
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:51:35 AM

As many as possible, if they ain't squeaking they aren't getting replaced
Steveo763
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 7:09:29 PM

I have 80,000+ on my pads, and they have plenty of material left. Although they look hideous. I might replace the pads to replace my pedal feel, and braking performance.
ranger2k
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 1:41:14 PM

i do brakes by evaluating their condition, not by miles
Houckster
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2013 9:55:34 AM

I'll probably get about 80K between jobs. Reasonable hypermiling saves money.
smugutu1234
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2013 7:50:31 AM

60K
rick_evans
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2013 7:34:54 AM

Front pads were done at 90,000 mi(1st job).

Rear brakes don't need work yet.
speedy700
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2013 6:34:15 AM

My front pads lasted 110k miles. The rears only lasted 75k miles.
StArrow68
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2013 3:49:49 AM

The older Volvo's only went 24k but have gotten better. My Corvette is going on 6 years with the current pads since I quit driving on race tracks.
jimmy544
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 2:04:15 PM

Usually 90,000-100,000 miles.
justinemt14
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 12:27:24 PM

Roughly 40k miles.
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 2:42:38 AM

I have no information on that question.
FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 2:25:41 AM

Geez, isn't one wife enough?
outlaw329
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 1:23:55 AM

Usually around 30,000 miles on mine and 50,000 on the wives Tahoe.
DanFMA
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:15:41 AM

50,000 on my F150 and no brakes yet.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2013 1:47:32 PM

It depends on the driving situation i.e. city in stop and go or highway???
Maintroll
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 8:57:26 AM

New brakes will last my wife and I approximately 50,000 miles as we aren't hard on them. My daughter can wear out a set in 10,000 miles plus warp the rotors in the process. Thank goodness she doesn't live with us anymore, and that isn't the half, she won't.
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:35:39 AM

84,000 miles so far, hope to get to at least 100,000.
smugutu1234
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:27:12 AM

60,000
Dennis783
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:25:38 AM

don't usually keep a car that long
sagnat
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2013 5:10:47 AM

On my Honda commuter I went right at 100,000 miles on a set of pads. Now my current commuter, only a year and 4 months old (and with 54,000 miles) the pads are barely worn. I believe this set of pads will also run in excess of 100K miles.
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2013 3:03:56 AM

front's run 50K and rear's 75K
forestghost07
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:49:38 PM

both my vehicles have manual transmissions and go VERY far between brake lining changes.

However, I do closely inspect my SUV's 4 disc brakes at least once a yr - remove, clean & scuff pads, check & lube calipers, rotors, wheel bearings, etc.

I do same on my vintage sports car, but much more often, i.e. whenever I feel like tinkering or have a wheel off.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:33:26 PM

I have 76,000 on the rear of my daily driver had front pads replaced at 54,000 they had 15% wear left on them but renewed them anyway, no problems yet. The front discs were making a slight crunch noise as complete motion ceased when drawing to a stop (dry sound), almost normal with 75% of other vehicles.
Chazzer
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 3:49:04 PM

I'm still working on the original brakes that came on my 2005 Dodge Magnum ... I have 105,459 miles on the car!
RedWings44
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 3:11:48 PM

Just depends on how hard I use them. Usually I will just wait until I hear squealing. No idea when that is as far as miles go
GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 2:15:25 PM

I haven't had to replace brake pads or shoes since my 1986 VW Golf.

Oh, wait! I did my parent's 1996 Chrysler minivan at 68,000 miles. Didn't need pads, it had pitted rotors which only needed to be turned.
FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:46:27 AM

Hmmm... I bought my '94 F150 new and it still has the original brake pads, shoes, rotors, and drums. However I did have to replace a rusted brake line, and I also had to clean up rusty caliper guides so that they'd release properly. It has 120,000 miles and the linings are still thick.
51stovi
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 7:22:36 AM

50-60k miles
jrferrari
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:58:25 AM

It makes a big difference what type of transmission you have. With a manual transmission I can go 60K - 80K miles between brake jobs. With an automatic it is usually around 35K miles.
sagnat
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:22:12 AM

My last commuter I got a full 100,000 miles between brake jobs compliments of 130 round trip highway commute and a shift that has me running the opposite direction of the traffic. very little brake action going on.
Ram4Sam
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2011 9:47:32 AM

Coming up on 100,000 miles on original brakes....Six speed and exhaust brake help a bunch. Dodge diesel pickup.
TriniB
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2011 7:26:51 AM

35,000 to 45,000 mls
JimBlake56
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2011 2:47:21 PM

I check out the brakes every time I rotate tires, so worn-out pads don't sneak up on me. The pads are lasting about 50k to 60k miles on daughters' cars. My car is newer so I don't have the "history". My former cars went sorta like 50k miles.

At some point when the pads are about half-gone, I'll check out the brakes more thoroughly, & grease the caliper slide-pins so they don't seize.
pmjwright2
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2011 11:24:22 AM

My city is very hilly. Pads only seem to last 50 K km under those conditions. That means I'm replacing them every 2 years--fairly easy to predict as it turns out, and I just keep an eye on them each time I swap winter/summer tires.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2011 7:05:56 AM

I just had pads replaced on the front wheel at 84356 miles on my Honda 2003 V6.
weezer769
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2011 5:44:39 PM

35k
bikergirlss
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2011 3:34:34 PM

I haven't owned any cars in the recent past long enough to warrant a "brake job"
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2011 9:20:23 PM

I never kept track of how long a set of brake pads lasted me, but I've put over 200k on my car and I think I've only put on 2 sets front, one rear...
roadrunnin
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2011 3:10:34 PM

Front brakes lasted about 3 yrs rear brakes still original at 127K miles. Had the mechanic take off both rear wheels to check them and they are barely worn.
jeff28
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2011 10:33:57 AM

When I hear noises or when auto mechanic advises.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2011 8:25:40 AM

We easily get over 50,000 miles on the front brake pads. I do not let people borrow my vehicles because no two people drive alike.
ricebike
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2011 10:52:23 PM

what did sophia just say?
SophiaCA
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2011 11:21:27 AM

The brake job last from 3 to 5 years, but you step on the brake a lot then it will last couple years, and also it depends on driver using local road or freeway.
ricebike
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2011 4:37:00 AM

it depends if i do mostly city vs highway driving

usually 3-5 years

i'm not worried because i know how to do it myself

[Edited by: ricebike at 8/13/2011 4:37:48 AM EST]
klr650guy
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2011 9:36:58 PM

I worked on a full sized GMC pickup today for a customer. I changed out the original front pads for him, and it has 314,000 kms on it. The rears still have lots left, but may need changing in 100,000 or so more.
jimmy544
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2011 8:21:57 PM

Where I live there is a lot of stop and go driving in many parts of town you have to stop at every block. Brakes don't last well here and gas mileage in town is terrible. I am lucky to get 30-50 kmiles out of a set of pads and rotors.
phatbak
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2011 12:10:28 PM

212,000 miles on my '97 Jeep Cherokee mall-cruiser. Changed pads ONCE.
aftiggerintel
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2011 7:53:04 AM

I check them every 20k but have had some last for 120k miles and others close to 60k. All depends on the car and driver.
Che1967
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2011 4:51:36 PM

LOL! Bought my car, a 1967 Dodge Dart, in April of 2010 with the original drum brakes, front and rear,which are still on it and still stopping it!
bullfrog42
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2011 2:19:06 PM

I change arround 100,000 miles
dsgrey
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2011 10:24:25 AM

Hwy commuting - I usually go over 100k miles before needing a change and then it's usually just the front pads. Having light cars helps too.
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