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96' E300 Brake pad and rotor replacement

I love my 1996 E300 Diesel. I can log a little over 530 "neighborhood" miles on a single tank.

Looking for advice on brake rotors. A friend suggested that I go with slotted and drilled for better braking performance. He also suggested that I use ceramic pads.

Any other suggestions or feedback?

Any suggestions as to where I can purchase for best value?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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You'll probably get more useful input in the W210 forum, it's the native one for your car.

General principles...

Slotted rotors wear pads faster than smooth rotors.

Drilled rotors are more prone to cracking and breaking than are solid rotors.

(Look at the rotors on race cars...they are neither slotted nor drilled.)

Harder pads (such as ceramic) will wear out rotors faster.

Everything in brakes is a trade-off.

Are you particularly unhappy with your braking performance? Have you regularly flushed them? If they seem sluggish it's possible you have a sticking caliper; they've been on your car a long time.

MB brakes generally are over engineered, so there's not a lot of improvement to be had by simply changing pad compounds or adding slotted rotors, for example. The best reason to use aftermarket pad compounds (like the ceramic Akebonos) is to reduce pad dust. I've personally had excellent results with Axxis Deluxe Plus.

FWIW, I have Brembo drilled rotors on my car because the wheels show them off. I'm not a canyon racer so I don't need the benefit of drilled rotors; I was willing to pay the premium just for the sake of appearance.

If you want any tips on the brake job there is a decent DIY in the 210 forum stickies, too.

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