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Question 2008 3 GT Hatch - Pad and Rotor recommendations?

Hey all! 2008 Mazda 3 GT Hatch here. What reasonably priced brakes do you recommend, that are still better than stock? I need new pads and rotors on all four corners and figured I'd ask. Also, where do you buy your pads and rotors from? Not finding much on Amazon.

I think I have Hawk Ceramic pads now, but they've lasted so long I just don't remember, and I can't find the receipt. I'm thinking these would be a good choice, unless anyone can recommend something better or different?

The rotors are original at 107,000 miles, and the shop said they can't be machined anymore and they're simply worn out. Sounds believable and this shop has usually been pretty good before. I don't need to go fancy but I figured I'd consider drilled and/or slotted this time around - just something better than stock. I don't want them to cause more pad wear than necessary though.

Quality is more important than price (no junk please) but I'm not looking to go Brembo, either! Upper mid-range is where I'm looking. I don't track the car, although I regularly drive on twisty roads.


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I currently have on the fronts Centric High Carbon OEM Blank rotors w/ Car Quest Premium Ceramic Gold Pads

and on the rear for pads I have Posi-Quiet Ceramic w/ Centric OEM rotors.

Remember that all 3 models, Sedan, Hatch & Speed3 have different diameter front rotors!

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I am not sure what are you trying to achieve there but I've now have recent experience of multiple brake jobs on my 2 Mazda3 cars. On one (front) I have Autozone Duralast Gold rotors and same brand ceramic pads. The rotor itself is covered in protective layer. This car is parked outside and in a year the rotor got no rust on it. Wear is also great for 10K miles. But I am not happy with braking performance. Although, I think, it is to the pads and not to rotor. In contrast, on my other M3 I put in front CarQuest Whearever rotors and OEM pads. It has great stopping power - I love it. But rotor start to get rusty already. Its been about a year, I would say. I know, because both cars have to pass inspection in about same time.
For the rear brake on my first M3 I just put PepBoys ProLine platinum OEM-spec pads (they claim). I have to say, for the first time ever, an aftermarket brake pad fitted perfectly with no need to file the paint off or anything like that. So, as far as fitting goes, this ProLine Platinum worked to its name.

But still, the greatest impression for me is CarQuest Whearever rotors and OEM pads combination - as soon as I installed it, I've noticed that my car has never stopped that well.

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