Date registered: Jun 2007
Vehicle: '95 E300 DIESEL, '91 600SEL, '92 600SEL
Location: San Diego/USA & Belgium/Europe
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Semi metallic is what works best for street driven cars, and is still what is used by the manufacturers of brand new cars. End of conversation.
A hydraulic brake system works by dissipating heat. Ceramic pads (despite containing copper) do not disperse heat nearly as well as metallic pads, resulting in heat transfer into the rest of the braking system which can then result in reduced initial brake bite, less pedal feel among others.
Ask all of the Porsche 911 and BMW M heads who "had to have" carbon brakes only to swap them over to metal come disc & pad time.
You want to the best year round brakes for street use? Besides the obligatory pads & rotors, spend the coins on brand new flex lines (such as Stoptech), a brand new master cylinder, new calipers and a top spec fluid like ATE Typ200
If you want to reduce brake dust, change your driving style and learn to read the road ahead of you. In other words, the brake pedal is your enemy and when you must use it do so as little as possible. No reason to jam on the brakes at every light.
Last edited by sbaert; 08-11-2019 at 04:25 AM.