Thanks for the suggestion about changing the brake fluid, I have had
brake fade once with another car, and that was no fun, so I will indeed
change the brake fluid soon. As off today, I only have 1 year of
records, but the previous owner will give me records for the last 6
years, and my impression from conversation is that the pads and rotors
were changed 1 1/2 to 2 years ago.
Break fluid issue put aside, I have not actually ever noticed any hard
pedal, fading or weak braking power, or problems with the P/S assist.
The 'BRAKE PRESSURE' text accompagnied with an annoying warning ping
comes and goes, it was gone for a day after I cleaned the contact of
the top sensor, then it came back this morning. If the car is
stationary, I can cause the warning to go away by pumping the brake
pedal to exhaust the hydraulic pressure, at which time it may go away
for a few secods, and if it didn't come back before I start driving, it
will come back when engine RPM exceeds about 1500. Then after a while,
the warnings totally disappear, and do not come back until they choose
I have decided I will change the pressure switches, the cost is only
$22/switch at my local European parts store.