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what are some recommended brake pads for the W164? Is stock pad the way to go or are there better pads for the price.
 

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what are some recommended brake pads for the W164? Is stock pad the way to go or are there better pads for the price.
Over the years,and on several MB products, I have always used OEM pads and rotors. Many say they prefer aftermarket parts for less dust and other reasons.If indeed you decide to go to aftermarket pads, you should invest in new rotors to match the particular pads. MB matches metals in the rotors for softness etc with their own pads which will cause rotor problems inc noise,using aftermarket pads on MB rotors. MB pads and rotors are available at wholesale prices online for a lot less than the dealer will ask, giving you the option of DIY or having the dealer match the wholesale price and provide the labor
 

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Agree that OEM is the best way to go. These were engineered to match up with all the other components
 

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Hate to be a contrarian, but I don't think oem is necessary. I have had plenty good luck with wagner thermo quiet. Although, going oem does save hassle of looking for decent quality since there is wide variety of quality out there.
 

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Hate to be a contrarian, but I don't think oem is necessary. I have had plenty good luck with wagner thermo quiet. Although, going oem does save hassle of looking for decent quality since there is wide variety of quality out there.
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Pretty much every manufacturer "matches" pads with rotors, but I have used aftermarket pads on several vehicles with stock rotors. If Repco made pads that fit my ML, I'd change in a flash.
 

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Hate to be a contrarian, but I don't think oem is necessary. I have had plenty good luck with wagner thermo quiet. Although, going oem does save hassle of looking for decent quality since there is wide variety of quality out there.
I dont think anyone said the word necessary
 
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