So the cadenza is due for its first front brake pads replacement coming up. My question to you all is, should the rotors be replaced? I've checked and they are perfectly smooth and in good condition. I just passed the 50,000-mile mark. Dealer said replacement during every pad change is normal if anything I believe a resurface will do just fine but I don't think the rotors need any attention at this time.
Are you sure they need replacing? I personally wouldn't trust a dealer to tell me, I'd check myself to see how much pad is left. I have almost 50,000 miles on my 10 year old 2007 Jeep (bought new), and I'm still rocking the original pads and rotors - still have a good 5mm on the pads left at last check.
I know this is a debate (sort of) but do you guys slow brake over longer distances (possibly coupled with coasting) or do you just brake harder for short distances? I personally try to make the easiest brake as possible and will do it slowly over time provided I have time to do so (stop sign coming up and several cars there) and not actually interrupting traffic flow or slowing people down too much in general. I wonder if that makes it warmer (as my buddy things) or saves them a little bit by not having to clamp as hard.
Also, I see different types of rotors, do we just have straight up solid rotors? As in not vented/slotted or whatever else. Is it worth it to invest in vented/slotted rotors provided they need to be replaced anyways? Is that for longevity or performance?
Lastly, I see different types of brake pads, things like The Yellow Stuff or Red Stuff and others (those seem to be a bit popular) with different compounds. I realize those are mostly for performance and not necessarily for longevity but does anyone have an preference. I know our cars aren't performance cars and yes I'd like to have them last for as long as possible but also would love to have really nice brakes. Our stock brakes are great but does anyone have any input on anything comparable that may be a bit better in either category?
I do like you mention and, if I have the space, will coast as much as possible before braking, then as gently as possible. Save gas and brake pads.
We have solid rotors, and I personally don't think drilled/slotted rotors are necessary at all (it's for perfomace, not longevity). This isn't a sports car, at least I don't drive it that way and see no need to spend extra money for a minimal return in performance. Drilled holes supposedly make the rotor lighter, reducing unsprung weight at the wheel. Slots help in wet weather by allowing the water to more easily escape for better braking.
Don't have any recommendations on replacement pads - it's been about 15 years since I changed brake pads, and that was on a hooptie I owned when I lived in Germany. Take a look at some other forums for recomemndations - to me it's a balance of price/performance/longevity/amount of "dusting". Pick what's most important to you and find a pad that best meets what you are looking for.