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    Brake questions.

    Hi Guys, I have an Mk5 1.6 SXi and the brakes are not the best I've ever used.
    I have replaced the brake fluid and this improved the feel (not as spongy as they were) but not the overall performance as such. Unfortunately I don't have a micrometer to tell if the minimum thickness levels have been reached or not but the milage on the car is 44K. I still think the pedal travel is a little longer than it should be, usually one pump on the pedal and then hold makes it sit where I think it should be (about 1" of travel instead of the usual 2" that a single press of the pedal gives), the hand brake is at four notches and holds ok at that, but any attempt to lock the wheels with the lever only, is a total waste of time and effort. The pads look about half worn front and rear.
    So, the questions:-
    1. Are the discs possibly worn beyond their limit thus giving the excess pedal travel?
    2. Is the wear on the pads contributing to the problem?
    3. I'm an old git these days so would a new standard set up suffice, or is there a suitable cheap upgrade available?
    4. Or, are the brakes on the mk5 'H' chassis cars just cr*p?
    Thanks in advance for any assistance/advice!
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    you could go for the 322mm brakes from the Astra VXR, they stop the standard car fine. You may need 18" wheels to fit these though.
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    yes u need 18's if your running vxr brakes as i did, and wow u notice the stopping power straight away
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    Mine are binary ie nothing or its stands on its nose, (13K miles) I am also an old git so all my experience is on cars witout ABS. On this one, it would be dangerous without it?
    I have heard that Master cylinders can have a limited life. ie 39 Months.......

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    Thanks for all your replies guys, problem is now sorted, it was a combination of worn discs and pads. Replaced everything (pads and discs) front and rear and problem solved. Thanks again!
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    Has anyone fitted EBC greenstuff pads? I still have the original SRI pads and discs all round on about 44k miles. Thinking about going down the route of greenstuff pads on the standard discs.

    I dont drive my car hard but looking for a bit more grunt from the breaks
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    Quote Originally Posted by FineCactus View Post
    Has anyone fitted EBC greenstuff pads? I still have the original SRI pads and discs all round on about 44k miles. Thinking about going down the route of greenstuff pads on the standard discs.

    I dont drive my car hard but looking for a bit more grunt from the breaks
    I had them on mine, and I've just changed them to standard Vauxhall pads and discs. they're not even bedded in yet and already they feel better than the green.

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