I recently had to pay a visit to my local Audi stealer as my bonnet catch was broken (yes, I did search on the forums here and tried the advice but unfortunately to no avail). Audi did their usual health check and highlighted the front and rear discs / pads were near the end of their useful life. Cost to replace - £840; obviously I found this quite amusing! Off I toddle to my favourite local Indy for a quote and the technician suggested EBC brakes. Now I've heard the stories other people have about pads breaking up and bad workmanship, how much is true and how much is Urban myth I really couldn't say. However, after personal testimonial from their tech who has them fitted to his 8L S3 I decided to try them. The added bonus was the fact that the discs, pads and brake fluid change as a bonus undercut Audi by over £200. I dropped my car off in the morning and collected in the afternoon with a spanking new set of Ultimax slotted discs and Yellowstuff pads. Initial thoughts were 'good bite' , may have been due in part to the new fluid as well so these are my impressions after a couple of hundred miles in them. Firstly the Yellowstuff pads are racing spec, however, their bite from cold is spot on with no requirement to warm them up first to get decent stopping power and no brake squeel either, not a peep out of them. There is some brake dust, no worse than the OEM pads and will hopefully improve over time, it's not a show stopper though. As they've now bedded in properly I felt confident to test them a bit more vigorously with a few rapid 60 - 0 tests. I can say without fear of reprisal these brakes are damn good! Whatever problems EBC (may) have had in the past seem to be just that now, in the past. Compared to OEM it felt like an F-14 stopping on a carrier arrestor wire! Unfortunately this did highlight the fact that the standard S3 suspension is a bit bouncy, the front dips somewhat noticably! I can't compare EBC to other manufacturers as I have no personal experience in the others, all I can state is they are a big improvement over OEM and a decent and relatively inexpensive upgrade if your brakes are near the end of their useful life. They receive a big thumbs up and recommendation from me.