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Old 16th May 2019, 21:36   #21
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When I change mine, I want it to be able to stand on its nose. God knows what I will end up buying to achieve that.
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Old 16th May 2019, 22:22   #22
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Perhaps I had fakes, it must be doing a lot of damage to the real manufacturers.

I guess, when I need some, the safest place to purchase will be the manufacturers.
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Old 16th May 2019, 22:50   #23
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Perhaps I had fakes, it must be doing a lot of damage to the real manufacturers.

I guess, when I need some, the safest place to purchase will be the manufacturers.
EBC had this problem a few years ago and they reckon they are still having problems from it. In there case standard brake pads were being painted the various colours and packaged up as the genuine thing. Probably OK on road cars but can you imagine the problems high performance cars would have?

The problem with fake parts is big, I have heard of so many instances I could write pages on it. Filters, Spark plugs and poor quality sensors repacked as high quality branded items.
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Old 18th May 2019, 02:36   #24
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I agree with the other posts recommending TRW. If you can afford to wait a bit for delivery, Autodoc seem to be offering some of the best deals.
Be wary of autodoc (also onlinecarparts.co.uk and buycarparts.co.uk, all the same company)

They ship from Germany and any returns have to go back there.

They are known to send different a different brand than you ordered.

Say you order a set of TRW discs, they may send you a set of Stark discs instead. They will claim that the TRW discs were damaged so they upgraded you to a better, more expensive option at no extra cost. It's nearly always Stark branded items they send in this situation and if you check, they are one of the most expensive options they stock despite nobody I know ever having heard of them.

Autodoc and it's sister companies are based in Berlin.

Stark was conveniently founded in Berlin in 2013.

It's not easy to find on their sites how to return those unwanted Stark discs you received but it seems they expect you to pay return postage and wait a very long time for a refund.

Here's the usual response you get when you contact them about the stark product you didn't order.

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After making all the necessary verifications we inform you that you have been sent the spare part of the German brand STARK, which has better quality. You do not have to pay the difference because of our mistake and the spare part you have chosen was damaged. We do not want you to wait or to receive the damaged spare part, so we have changed it to STARK, which has same characteristics as the chosen spare part.
We have contacted you regarding the problem that has appeared.

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I have used mister-auto.co.uk quite a few time over the last few years and never had any problems. They are based in France though so delivery times can be a bit long. There seems to be no history of them substituting parts for their own brand (Bolk) and other than complaining about delivery, the only other bad feedback seems to be from people who put too much faith in the parts compatibility database.

I have never needed to return anything to them so have no idea what their returns policy is like, it's always a risk to save a few pennies.
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Old 18th May 2019, 11:09   #25
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I had my TRW brakes from Micks Garage, UK based and I found them to be quite helpful.

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Old 18th May 2019, 12:10   #26
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Be wary of autodoc (also onlinecarparts.co.uk and buycarparts.co.uk, all the same company)

They ship from Germany and any returns have to go back there.

They are known to send different a different brand than you ordered.

Say you order a set of TRW discs, they may send you a set of Stark discs instead. They will claim that the TRW discs were damaged so they upgraded you to a better, more expensive option at no extra cost. It's nearly always Stark branded items they send in this situation and if you check, they are one of the most expensive options they stock despite nobody I know ever having heard of them.

Autodoc and it's sister companies are based in Berlin.

Stark was conveniently founded in Berlin in 2013.

It's not easy to find on their sites how to return those unwanted Stark discs you received but it seems they expect you to pay return postage and wait a very long time for a refund.

Here's the usual response you get when you contact them about the stark product you didn't order.



I have used mister-auto.co.uk quite a few time over the last few years and never had any problems. They are based in France though so delivery times can be a bit long. There seems to be no history of them substituting parts for their own brand (Bolk) and other than complaining about delivery, the only other bad feedback seems to be from people who put too much faith in the parts compatibility database.

I have never needed to return anything to them so have no idea what their returns policy is like, it's always a risk to safe a few pennies.

I have literally just purchased a full set of TRW discs, Gates cam belt kit, SKF water pump and drive shaft outer and received exactly what I purchased, so not personally had any issues . . . .yet.

Their response you've quoted is completely unacceptable IMO. If the parts ordered are not available, you should be given the choice prior to dispatch on so called equivalent spec parts being sent.
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Old 18th May 2019, 15:13   #27
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I have literally just purchased a full set of TRW discs, Gates cam belt kit, SKF water pump and drive shaft outer and received exactly what I purchased, so not personally had any issues . . . .yet.

Their response you've quoted is completely unacceptable IMO. If the parts ordered are not available, you should be given the choice prior to dispatch on so called equivalent spec parts being sent.
It seems to happen far too often, if you read trustpilot reviews. I was made aware of it when a friend told me he ordered some discs and pads for his Nissan Tiida (an odd car) earlier this year and received Stark parts. He questioned it and that's the response he got. He didn't care and fitted them anyway but it made me look into it because it seemed a bit strange, I found a fair few complaints about the same thing happening to others so won't risk ordering from them myself now.
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Old 19th May 2019, 19:01   #28
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Just bought some cheap mintex pads off ebay for our kia ceed
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Old 19th May 2019, 23:45   #29
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cheap mintex ebay
Hopefully from a reputable seller, lots of fake mintex still about, I am told.

I heard horror stories a few years ago of fake mintex pads crumbling and separating from the backing plates, luckily the quality of the fakes seems to be better these days so even if you do end up with fakes, they should still stop the car in an emergency and last a while.

Hopefully you get genuine mintex.
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Old 24th May 2019, 22:16   #30
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Does anyone have experience with M-tec pads on a 190 please?

https://www.mtecbrakes.com/brake-dis...-01-05-05.html
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