Its not been a cheap month for me, has this one. MOT on the first revealed and advisory for the handbrake (which is ****). I sort of put that to the back of my mind as I have a gearbox for hills.... Anyway, drove the other S3 for a few miles last week, and the brakes (by comparison to mine) are fantastic. Has a look at my front discs and pads. The pads must be utter sh*te. Not only do the rattle in the caliper, but they appear to have the contact surface of approx. a gnat's cock. Adding to that, they have fractured the disc. Annoying as those discs are only a month or so old. So I bit the bullet and spent £200 on all new gear for stopping. Mintex rear discs and pads - since I have heard good things about them. Also ordered some drilled and grooved front discs and Mintex pads to go with them. Anyone got any thoughts on Mintex stuff. It's all arrived today so I must get on really, but am I bovvered?