nytq wrote:I'm in awe on how well the Akebono's wear and function. I just bought replacements from rock auto. The ProActs. For $110 total. They are sitting and waiting until I need to replace the originals. Mind you the originals have over 85K miles at this point. I'm totally sold on these.
I like the OE Akebonos too. They are an excellent combo of quietness, low-dust, long-life, and performance. For everyday driving, these brake pads are great. However, I've read others complaining about brake fade when the brakes are used aggressively like on a windy mountain road or on a track. I've also experienced the brake fade when I was driving spiritedly on a mountain. Seems like once the brakes get really hot, their performance degrades noticeably.
I'd say for folks who like to drive fast and brake hard, other pads are better. However, these pads will create more dust and eat into the rotor more. For everyday driving, I think these Akebonos are great, but I think I'll try the Akebono Euro or Performance pads next. I've seen BMW 5 Series owners praise the Euros in their forums.
Akebono offers three different types of brake pads.
ProACTs, Euro, and Performance. I'm quite sure the OE pads are the ProACTs. http://www.tirerack.com/brakes/brand.jsp?brand=Akebono&s_kwcid=AL!3756!3!42623906293!e!!g!!akebono%20brake%20pads&ef_id=VAdRtwAAABYPmgQf:20150225234312:s