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After using quite a few brake combinations myself, all the way from the el cheapos to the oversized slotted systems, here's my take on brakes. (also have been working for a brake manufacturer for 2 years)

There are multiple types of brake pads available. There are different grades and qualities of metallics, semi-metaillics, ceramics, etc. First off, never by a cheap rotor, pad or caliper. This is an area of your car that you shouldnt cut corners.

The 1, 2, 3 on pads is this. Metallic versus ceramic. If you want a good bite that can stop your car well with little fade, go for a metallic. Beware though because a cheap rotor or factory one will basically get eaten away in no time. They do sell OEM rotor replacements of better quality. If you're not in the mood to stop on a dime, go with a ceramic. this type stops your car well with bit more fade. However with a ceramic, you're gauranteed less dusting and no noise. Ceramics hold heat better so when they get hot, you will lose your braking performance faster than when using a metallic that can dissipate heat better.

As far as the rotors go, buy a better quality rotor. It will last longer and give you more turns before having to replace it again. Getting into slotted rotors, these suckers really dissipate heat. A good quality slotted rotor and a metallic pad of some sort is typically your better package.

When thats my $0.02. Feel free to add or disagree.
Have a good one
 
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