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    Default Brake Pad Longevity

    I know brakes should go in the brake section, but I thought this would be a fun riddle... How many miles can you get off a set of factory brake pads on a Saturn Ion?
    The answer, around 160,000 miles.... That's right, 160 THOUSAND miles. I just swapped out the original factory pads on my 2005 Ion, and was amazed I got that many miles out of them. Now, they were quite low on pad, I'd say less than 1/8", when the pads started out at around 1/2" thick. I wanted to get a new/old comparison picture, but I was racing sundown, so I didn't have time. A little background on my driving habits...mostly highway miles with daily traffic jams.

    As you were.....

    1991 Chevy Suburban 1/2 ton 2WD w/ chevy SBC 350-3/4 ton drivetrain upgrade w/4.10 gears 200K miles
    2005 Saturn ION-2 Stock 277K miles
    1982 Bronco, 1993 Bronco (sold), 1971 M35A2 Deuce and a Half

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    OOOohhhhhh.!!!!....I was JUST gonna say "155,000"!

    I get a prize of some sort..?.. :D

    "The Sarge"
    1999 Chevy Suburban LT- K2500
    7.4 454 Vortec, 4WD
    305/70/16 on Eagle Alloy

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    "I'm going to say 155,001, Bob.."

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    I think I could have probably gotten another 5-10K out of them before I was metal on metal. Suprisingly, the rotor seemed to still be smooth as glass with no lip on the outer edge. I did however notice a transmission seal leak at the CV axle...

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    I would have said around 140-150K, since that is what i usually get when my commute is mostly highway.... and a leak at the CV axle ugh those are fun to change on some GM models


    1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer 4X4 with 330K miles and counting (Hunting rig).

    2009 Saturn Aura XE (wifes car)

    2011 F-150 Crew 4X4

    "Hold it to the floor till you see God.... Then Brake!!!!"

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    I didn't examine the damage extensively, but the leak didn't look bad. More or less just enough grease around the CV axle to collect dirt and grime. Because of how the transmission is supposedly "sealed for life" and how much of a pain I envision it to be, I'm going to monitor the situation and see what happens...

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