Volvo vs 3rd party brake pads for 1999 V70 in UK

Discussion in 'Volvo V70' started by Roger Mills, Sep 1, 2003.

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    Roger Mills Guest

    I am about to replace the front and rear brake pads on my 1999 V70 2.5D -
    after nearly 4 years and 37,000 miles.

    The total price of a front and rear axle set of genuine Volvo pads is about
    £120 (including VAT) - whereas Halfords can supply the equivalent items
    (albeit 3rd parts rather than genuine Volvo) for about £33 - i.e. a little
    over a quarter of the Volvo price.

    Does anyone have any direct experience of either of these types of pads? It
    seems to me that, unless the Halfords pads are absolute crap - which is
    unlikely since Halfords have a reasonable reputation to maintain - they have
    got to be better value. I must admit that the Volvo pads have lasted better
    than those on any other car I have driven (although the other cars have been
    company cars, whereas I *own* this one - so that may be explained by a
    slightly different driving style!). So, as long as the Halfords pads last
    for over a year and over 10,000 miles, and as long as they perform as well
    when it comes to stopping the car - they've got to be better. [If I was was
    paying someone to fit them, then the additional cost of labour would come
    into the equation - but, in my case, labour is free].

    I would be grateful for any constructive comments.

    TIA,
    Roger
     
    Roger Mills, Sep 1, 2003
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    G Margrie Guest

    halfords use mintex pads so you should be alright
    Graham
     
    G Margrie, Sep 2, 2003
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  3. There seem to be a lot of comments about that non-OEM pads have a
    tendency to squeal....not very good for your image...
     
    Conrad Edwards, Sep 2, 2003
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    Luis Aguayo Guest

    Hi, i'm very happy with my Zimmermann brake rotors and TMD Friction/Mintex
    pads in an 850 GLT 93.

    I cost a fraction of original.

    Good luck
     
    Luis Aguayo, Sep 3, 2003
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    K Guest

    K, Sep 4, 2003
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    Roger Mills Guest

    Many thanks to all who replied. I have now fitted the Halfords pads, and
    they seem ok - no squealing etc.

    Time will tell how long they last!

    Roger
     
    Roger Mills, Sep 7, 2003
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