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Espace: how long do brakes last ?

Just had my 05MY in for a 36k service (yes I do use it a lot), I have just replaced the front tyres for the first time, and the garage have just phoned to say that the front brake pads are 70% worn and would not make another service.

I got 50k from mil last volvo for a set of pads, the engineer thought I was having a laugh and said they nomally change them at 18K service ...

Sureley 18k is a bit rich for changing brake pads...anyone else got any more thoughts..

The engineer also said that they dont have any indicators on the dash that show when pads are low (its a Grand Espace - Privelige)... any suggestions..

I know I drive like Mr Sensible, and want things to last for ages, but have I misunderstood how long things like this will last (its another 140 to change the pads, on top of the 380 for the service....)
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Presumably now that brake pads can no longer contain asbestos their longevity is compromised. As discussed in one of my earlier threads, tomorrow I'll be replacing the MG's rear discs and pads as they are practically falling apart at 30K miles This particular problem does not seem to be restricted to MG or Renault - it seems to be a common problem

To be fair, if your next service is at 60K it would seem prudent for Renault to want to change them now. The other thing would be to get the OEM pads and have them fitted by an independent. This should not affect your warranty and should save a few quid

As for having no wear indicators on the Priv spec Espace I'm frankly amazed!
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Doing the mileage you do Nic, I wouldn't replace them now unless you're getting it cheaper because it's already in for a service.

If they're 70% worn then you should get another 5-10k out of them.

Interestingly I had the front tyres replaced at ~25,000 miles.

I may need to trade mine later this year before it's 3 years old and needs the 36k service - looking at this I'll need to spend about 1500 to service it, change the brakes and buy the Harmony warranty, it might be better to put that into a new car!
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Too late, they already replaced them, but Im keeping the car at least until 60k and presumably until 100k if I can get a warranty extension.

As to cost, I use the car each and every work day, so having them do the job now is 'cheaper for me as its less time in the garage.

To be fair, in the 36k miles, its only been into the garage twice, once for its 18k and the other for an hour to swap tailgate struts that had failed. Thats good reliabilty in my book

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Good news Nic, your Espace is obviously a real work horse, and what a nice work horse to have!

Glad it's going well for you.


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