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Old 10-18-2010, 02:14 AM
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E420 Front Brake Pads

I need new pads and I am considering options other than the factory front pads from the dealer. Two years ago I paid $76 for them (005 420 01 20) and I suspect they are closer to $90 today. I will check this week. I had a bad experience back in 1998 with aftermarket pads and have always gone with factory pads since then.

Can anyone recommend what to look for and what to stay away from as far as brand names? Thanks.

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:56 AM
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Textar makes high quality brake pads. I use them on our MB automobiles.

It seems that prices on all car parts have increased dramatically in the past few years. Shop around at different MB dealers and online because prices vary for the identical part. For example, the battery for a 1998 E320 was $40 less at one local MB dealer than the other dealer I called.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:13 AM
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Thanks. I used to use Duval Motors in Florida for factory parts. They seemed to be very reasonable, but for whatever reason they stopped taking orders over the Internet. The Textar pads must be high quality--they are within $10 of the factory pads.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:21 AM
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My indy has recommended these (pic below) and I'm gonna try them. They state on the box "OEM". They were $51 for the set and he says that he uses them on all Euro cars with "no problems". If interested their website is euroclassics.com and are located in Moraine, OH.
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Recommend staying away from any parts made in China because the quality and durability is suspect, from what I have read on various websites.
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i would second the textar pads,i have used them in preference to factory for years.
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Recommend staying away from any parts made in China because the quality and durability is suspect, from what I have read on various websites.
FWIW - the pads I placed in my post above are made in, yep, you guessed it - USA! (There IS a white "S" if you don't see it!)

Beats the h#*l out of "Made in China" any day of the week in my book !!
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we always use textar.
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i would second the textar pads,i have used them in preference to factory for years.
a lot the genuine pads from the dealer are made by textar. for instance the 123 and 124 series cars, if you buy mercedes pads from the dealer they are textar with a mercedes logo printed on them. if you buy the same part from textar from a jobber the pads are the same but lack the logo.

my brother-in-law swears by the akebono euro ceramic pads (they are in the photo above), says they work very well and make almost no dust. i've always like the genuine pads because even though they do make dust they are excellent quality parts and the rotors tend to last a long time with them.
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we always use textar.
Yeah, I put them (Textar) on the front a few weeks ago and decided to do the rear as well. This friend recommended I give the 'less dust' creating pads that they use a try. Don't think he would intentionally steer me wrong - but we'll see. Said they have never had a problem with them...
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My indy has recommended these (pic below) and I'm gonna try them. They state on the box "OEM". They were $51 for the set and he says that he uses them on all Euro cars with "no problems". If interested their website is euroclassics.com and are located in Moraine, OH.
I have Akebono ceramic pads on the W123 and W124 and both are GREAT pads. Only used them on the front (I have Textar in the rear, on both) since the rears do not generate as much brake dust.

Until you drive two to three weeks straight without cleaning the car, the rears eventually accumulate more brake dust than the fronts.

When my 190E is due for front pads (maybe a year or two) I will replace with Akebono, but the rear will continue using Textar.
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I have Akebono ceramic pads on the W123 and W124 and both are GREAT pads. Only used them on the front (I have Textar in the rear, on both) since the rears do not generate as much brake dust.

Until you drive two to three weeks straight without cleaning the car, the rears eventually accumulate more brake dust than the fronts.

When my 190E is due for front pads (maybe a year or two) I will replace with Akebono, but the rear will continue using Textar.
I know, I know! Wish I had known about these BEFORE I did the front ones. A few weeks after doing the front brakes I took the car in to have the wheels balanced and he discovered that the rear rotors were warped somewhat (it was doing the pulse thing) and we got to talking about brake parts, etc. and told me that they have had excellent results with the Akebono brand and that they put them on most all their jobs. Soooo, I had tehm order me a set of Balo rotors and Akebono pads. Have they been installed yet? NO! It's a time thing ya know...
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Ceramic brake pads are not going to provide the same braking capability if you lose power assist for some reason. MB specifies the soft brake pad material so in the event of a loss of power assist MB automobiles can be stopped safely. A harder brake pad will increase the stopping distance from any given speed ... so less safe than the spec brake pads.
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Porterfield R4-S. Great stopping power and clean. However, they aren't cheap.
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I tried Porterfield brake pads some years back. They did produce somewhat less brake dust than Textar or MB genuine brake pads, but required significantly more brake pedal force so I switched back to Textar brake pads and Kleen Wheels after a few months.

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