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Volkswagen Jetta Brakes and Rotors



  • thess02thess02 Posts: 32
    Just an update on the rear brakes on my 2007 base Jetta 2.5l. I pulled the rear wheels today for the inspection and current mileage is 67,099. I replaced the oem original rear pads with aftermarket pads from Autozone (part number: MKD1108) on 11 Oct 2009. Mileage when the Autozone rear pads were installed was 57,700. No visible wear evident today on the aftermarket pads...but wear did measure about .015" less than new pads using a caliper. These aftermarket pads are a good buy in my opinion at $20.99...with lifetime replacement warranty.
  • Just got back from the dealer. At 19,000 miles my pads were completely gone and the backings eating into the rotor.

    VW covered it under warranty, but it is not acceptable. Definately going with aftermarket parts the next time around.

    Defective design. I have never owned a car where the rear pads wear out before the front. If the rear were engineered to wear faster, the should have made the pads larger. This is a joke.

    By the way, I got 110,000 miles out of my Chevy Tahoe brake pads. So much for German engineering.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    You were really lucky to get them done under warranty, since brake pads are not really covered by that.

    We are at 38,000 miles on ours, with the original brakes.
  • I'm nearly out of my second set of rear brake pads at 38,000 miles. I'm done with this Jetta!! Glad you got them fixed under warranty. I had to pay for the pads AND the rotors. :/
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    How in the world does *anyone* wear thru a set of brakepads under 40K miles??? I would have to be riden the brake pedal to make this happen.

    Have you ever considerd that perhaps you are following too close, or perhaps not watching the road ahead and anticipating stops? Most of the time, I use the brakes very little because I get off the throttle early and coasting slows me down. Brakes are for the final stopping.

    Also, it bears repeating that VW *purposefully* installs 'softer' pads on the rear from the factory for a better 'bite'. As soon as they need replacing, you can install longer-wearing pads. (NOT factory pads)

    Good thing a Set of pads/rotor costs under $100. That is less than 3 tanks of gasoline.
  • Oh yes, we must be horrible drivers for our brakes to wear out so quickly. It must be our fault and not VW's fault. I drive a 5-speed and do not follow closely, nor do I ride my brakes. Additionally, my rotors and brakes cost me $400, and that was AFTER I complained to the manager! You're a flipping idiot!
  • shriftyshrifty Posts: 255
    Not sure where you live, but I'd say it is quite possible to wear the brakes out prior to 40K.

    I would have to guess that if you drive in city traffic most of the time, it may be likely in stop and go traffic to wear them out early.

    For me, it is the complete opposite. I have around 70K miles on my 09 TDI, and the pads can easily last twice as long since almost 100% of my driving is highway. On any given trip, I may only use the brakes less than 10 times in 300+ miles :D
  • I'm going to have my check out tonight. The front shrieks when I hold the brake coming to a stop. I live in the Twin Cites and I'm driving constantly in stop and go traffic so pads needing to be replaced at 20k miles might be possible. I have a ton of speed bumps at my townhouse area and work. I'm just kinda shocked that they might need replacing already....
  • shriftyshrifty Posts: 255
    20K seems to be quick. Are they the original pads on your car?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    edited December 2010
    There is no need to call people names. I was only suggesting that one should look at their own driving habits. You seem very quick to blame someone else (VW in this case) but do not appear to be willing to consider other alternatives.

    Even in so-called "stop-n- go" traffic, I have been able to concisely change my habits so I do NOT need to use the brakes very often. Simply go a tad slower and leave more space in front of me. I Let the space in front of me be a 'sponge' which gets bigger -n- smaller as the driver in front of me constantly uses their brakes and accelates.... whilst my roadspeed is nearly constant with no brakes.

    The above driving-habit can be learned by anyone who is willing to try. Not only does it conserve brakepads... you fuel-consumption will improve too. (because the constant speed means you no longer need to keep accelerating after using the brakes)

    There have been extensive studies regarding traffic-jams and it was determined if everyone followed the above driving-habit... many traffic-jams would be avoided altogether. Everyonve accellerating and stopping forces all cars behind to do the same thing. (Or at least those drivers THINK they need to keep their bumper glued to the car in front of them) If everyone simply went 1MPH slower, (average speed) the traffic-pattern would change to a constantly-flowing mass of vechicles. (Which could then speed-up to the speed-limit smoothly)

    Dont take my word for it, the aformentiond traffic-pattern research is available online in extensive detail.

    I must be doing something right. My 50.0 MPG average speaks for itself. I have a spreadsheet of over 120,000 miles of fillups to back-up my numbers.
  • I took my 2008 Jetta in for it's 20,000 mile servicing today. I got it back, and didn't read over the paperwork until I got home. They left a check list in my car for me. Everything checked out ok except my rear brakes. They said my front brakes are at 11cm and my rear brakes are at 6 cm. I don't quite have 20,000 miles on it yet. From what I have read so far this seems to be a common problem. I am NOT a mechanic in any way and need some advice on what I should do.
  • jetta7jetta7 Posts: 17
    If your rear brakes are wearing faster, have the parking brake lever, which is located between the front seats, checked for slack. If you pull up on the lever and it does not move very far, chances are it is adjusted too tight. As you apply the brakes in normal driving, the automatic adjuster keeps adjusting the rear brakes too tight.
  • iamglenniamglenn Posts: 1
    Rear brakes do wear first on all VW models except Touaregs. If you've ever had to make an emergency stop the nose of the car does not dive to the ground. Rear brake calipers compress first and with greater force to prevent nose dive braking.

    53K for rears is amazing! I've seen as low as 15K and as high as 85K for the first set of rears on a Jetta. Almost all brake jobs on German cars require pads and rotors at the same time -- German car makers trade longevity for stopping power.

    Slam on the brakes on a VW and you stop -- quickly. Some squeal or grind on cold or damp days is unfortunately a by product of brake dust and binding to rotors ....... some of my customers get pissed at that answer but ...... like I said -- unfortunately .....
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    I "2nd" the above append! This may be the #1 'complaint' I see here on the Edmunds forums regarding VWs. I wish people would just use "search" before asking this same question over and over.

    The rear brakes on most VW models wear faster than the fronts. VW *purposfully* uses softer pads in the rear to get a better bite into the rotors.

    You may chose to install NON OEM pads (ATE, Akebono, Mintex... etc) and the faster wearing will NOT happen. (but your car will not stop the same either)
  • shriftyshrifty Posts: 255
    Based on what you've seen with the lifespan of brakepads, I'm probably nearing the end. I currently have about 75K on my original pads on all 4 corners, but they still seem to be about the same as when I bought the car.

    I believe the 09 has brake pad sensors, but I'm curious how this works? I'm guessing once the pads reach a certain thickness (or lack of) you will see some type of indication on the dash? If this happens, about how much life is left in them? I don't want to push it to the max, but at the same time I don't want to panic and call for a tow out in the middle of nowhere when I can safely and easily drive back home and get it done the next day.
  • Hi to all,
    Took delivery 5 days ago. Has barely 100 miles on it. What bothers most is appearance of rotors. They all look rough and a little rusty. Feel somewhat rough too. Compared to wife's new car(Honda cr-v) not near the same. Her car delivered Saturday past has perfectly smooth rotors and more miles. Does this justify a service call to dealership?
  • shriftyshrifty Posts: 255
    I think mine have looked rusty since I bought the car, and have almost 77K on them now. So far no issues with them.
  • These are rusty and somewhat rough. Should a brand new car have perfectly smooth rotors?
  • shriftyshrifty Posts: 255
    It seems logical that they would be smooth, but I don't really know. My car sits outside in the elements, so they are almost always rusty. Does the car shake when braking? When I brake it is smooth when stopping.
  • No, stopping is not smooth especially at low speeds.
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