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Are Pagid brakes any good?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Wicked666, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Wicked666

    Wicked666 Active Member

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    Hi guys,

    Looking to replace the discs and pads on my S3 and ideally want something with minimal brake dust and the OEM feel is fine for my style of driving.

    I can get a full set of Pagid discs and pads for £100 but this seems cheap. Just wondering what people's thoughts were?

    I was initially considering EBC but not sure if they're any good from cold and believe they generate a lot of dust.

    Any other suggestions. I'm happy to pay more if it's worth it.

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  3. grr666

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    I can't fault Pagid and would look to them when my brakes need replacing
    before any other brand when it comes to OE setup.
    Another bonus is that the whole disc is painted so after the first use of the brakes
    it's rubbed off of the service area of the disc leaving the remaining paint undisturbed.
    This will ensure they don't go rusty around the edges and where they
    contact the wheel. I had a set of these in 312mm size on my Fabia with standard
    Pagid pads and they survived a couple of trackdays no problems. They also still were
    more or less rust free after 18 months on the car right up to when I sold it.
    The faces will still rust like the OE brakes like when you wash the car but don't drive it
    straight away, but only where pad touches disc.
    I'd say that it's just as important to change the fluid too for that whole 'new brakes'
    feeling. I've just had Pagid discs and pads fitted to my wifes Fiat 500 and also a brake fluid
    change to ATE Super Blue Racing fluid and the difference is remarkable over the
    tired worn OE fitted items (First disc/pad/fluid change since the fiat was new in 2008).
     
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    Wicked666 Active Member

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    Thanks - that's good to know. Seem a tad cheap on ECP but thought they would be good quality. Had the brake fluid changed last November so may leave that until next year. Thanks for the info.

    Can anyone recommend any good specialists in Leeds who can fit these for me?
     
  5. XFi

    XFi In need of a V8.

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    I recently purchased rear pagid disc's along with ATE pads, all seems perfectly up to the job. Pagid are a good OEM brand.
     
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    When you say full set, you are aware the prices on ECP are per disc.
    I've just had a look and I cant get 4 discs and 8 pads for anything like that or I'd buy
    them in advance ready for fitting when they need doing.
    I get £36.60 per disc rear, £59.94 per disc front, £25.14 rear pads set, £43.14 front pads set.
    Total £261.36 to do all of the brakes. That's with their current sale. All discount codes disabled
    at the moment.
     
  7. Wicked666

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    Thanks - that makes more sense! I only had a quick glance.

    Does anyone know if the S3's come with wear sensors on their brakes? I could wait until the car beeps or is it like tyres whereby the performance may have decreased by the time it gets to the sensor?
     
  8. S3Alex

    S3Alex Rarely neutral
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    Very good from the experience I've had.

    I had Pagid carbon/ceramic pads on the GpN Escort I had a while ago and they were excellent.
     

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