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Old 10-29-2004, 01:02 AM   #11
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Mine started at about 2500 as well. Took it to the dealer and they said "sorry some cars just do that" I am just going to replace the pads with ceramic ones after I get some more mileage on the car. I am dissapointed that Pontiac put such a poor pad on the car in the first place. Isn't this supposed to be their flagship car?

I know that Mr. Intense'* car started about 2500 miles as well.
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Old 10-29-2004, 03:57 PM   #12
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Has anyone located ceramic pads for the GXP? Every place I have called or went to, doesn't show a part for them yet. If I could find them, they would be replaced by now!
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I figured I'd bump this and add to it. Has anyone noticed a lot of wear on the rotors? I have more wear on the Bonne with 9000 miles then my 4x4 pick-up with 70,000. I bet the groove is close to a dime in thickness. I shouldn't have smarted off in my last post as mine squeal now too. :( It goes into the dealer tomorrow.
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I notice mine squeal more when they get dirty. Makes sense I guess. After I clean the wheels, it goes away for a couple of days. Does anyone know how much more the front brakes are utilized vs the back? My front wheels after a week of driving will be almost black w/brake dust but the rears look as if they barely if ever get used. I know the front brakes do the majority of the work but I was just wondering if anyone had a percentage?
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i have heard about 60/40
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Old 11-11-2004, 04:13 PM   #16
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Trip to dealer got put off a day. How about rotor wear guys? It seems to me a lot of the dust is from the rotors as well.
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I've heard more 65-70 fronts..esp with a front engine/fwd car.
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Had my 04 GXP for two weeks and the squealing brakes was the first "nuisance" I noted along with the brake dust. I have a service visit scheduled for tomorrow and will mention it to the service manager as well as ask about ceramic pads. You would think that the Pontiac sport sedan flagship would come with ceramic... I'm pretty sure that my 03 Silverado 1500 has ceramic pads... if not they are a much lower dust pad. I'll post back with anything new tomorrow evening.
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I have 5500 miles on my GXP and my fronts have been squeaking since about 500 miles. I took mine back to the dealer and they said that it was my fault.
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Anyone who goes back to the stealership is gonna here the same thing.....Performance pads do that.....it'* your fault./...blah blah blah bullshit....Almost all newer GM vehicles get the shittiest pads in the world. I call them the dust-a-matic'*.....Just another way GM got skimpy on production costs. Even their heavy duty trucks (c-4500, C-6500, etc) are they same case as these....Just go to napa or autozone and replace them with some mid priced pads and be done with it. Or just deal with it...because the stealership isn't gonna do anything for ya.
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