I have a 2004 coupe with a little over 28,000 miles. I took it in to
the dealer last week for an oil change and they told me that I need
brake pads on front and rear and that my front tires need to be
replaced soon also. This seems a little early to me but I wanted to
check with the group and see if this was in line with what others have
experienced. I drive the car daily and most of my mileage is highway
mileage with not a lot of stop and go driving. This is my first new
Vette but I've had other new cars that have gone much longer on the
original brakes and tires. I'd appreciate any feedback anyone has
including any recommendations for replacement pads and tires instead of
the original equipment.
Did you take the time to look at the brake pads and the tires? You can see the
pads by just looking through the spokes of the rims. Front brakes may be getting
close and the back should be ok, mine go twice what the front do, and the front
tires may be cupped from poor alignment but the back should go first. The only
time I've seen the front tires go first is when you're kicking the hell out of
it on a regular basis on an autocross course. All that is just a guess, you
should know your car better than someone that has never seen it.
On the wife's car (not a Vette), the dealer began around 30,000 miles that
the brakes needed to be replaced. I checked them each time and plenty of pad
By 60,000, I finally went and changed pads myself since the wife was getting
too nervous. (Actually, she was trusting them more than me.) Compared old
to the new, there was over one third of the pad still there, much more than
I would have replaced them normally. The FIL was here when I changed them,
about 30 minutes of our time quite leisurely me working, him watching).
Even he realized the dealer was wrong when he saw the old vs. new pads.
Also, the pads from the dealer's parts were something like $60. To have
them changed in the dealer's service was going to be nearly $200.
In many ways, Corvettes are like Harleys. If you want to own them, you
should be prepared to do much of the maintenance yourself. Or be rich
enough that you have too much money and can afford to throw it to the dealer
The fastest way to know if the dealer is right or wrong, is to look at the
My 1999 C5 has 63000 miles on it and I am about a 1/3 of the way into
my 3rd set of tires and on my 3rd set of brake pads. I am also on my
second set of rotors. So it sounds about right. The OEM tires wear
I have 48K miles on my 2001 C5 and just got new front brakes and rotors
today. Cost was $324 including ceramic brakes. On my second set of tires.
Went with Continental Extreme Contact and have enjoyed them since replacing
the run flats.
2001 Pewter C5
2005 Yamaha FJR 1300
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