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Infiniti G35, Coupe, Sedan
#39 of 95 Desperate G35, 2003, Sedan Owner
Jul 28, 2007 (3:43 pm)
I read a great number of postings, on other web sites, about G35 problem breaks. My dealer changed all four breaks at 20,000 km, and now wants to change two front ones after only 20,000 km. Believe me; I do know cars. Moreover, I know how to drive. My second car, Acura TL, has 65,000 km without any break problems/issues. The G35 breaks are stock breaks, however I read that some G35 owners had Brembo breaks installed without further maintenance problems. Aside from maintenance costs, my biggest worry is car safety … will it stop at 120 km/h?
Has anyone changed G35 stock breaks with Brembo? Would dealer exchange breaks, or you had to go outside Infinity network? If not Infinity, who in Toronto (Ontario, Cnd.) can do this exchange? How much did you have to pay for this “pleasure”?
#40 of 95 Aftermarket Rotors & Pads for G35 Coupe with Brembo Brakes
Aug 05, 2007 (2:55 pm)
Need your help. I have an 2003 G35 Coupe with 36,000 miles and the brembo brakes. The pads were changed on all four wheels just after 30,000 miles. I was told that the rotors were just slightly above the min. spec. tolerance so the next time the pads are changed the rotors will have to be replaced. Infiniti wants over $500 for each rotor and by the time all pads are changed as well I estimate the bill will come close to $3,000 with labor. I know Tire Rack sell rotors and pads for the G35 coupe but I need to know what is involved in replacing pads and rotors. Are there aftermarket components that are less expensive and of the same or better quality than the original brembo rotors and pads? I noticed that Tire Rack recommends local brake shops for the installation (any comments about this service?) Thanks for your assistance with the above.
#41 of 95 Re: Aftermarket Rotors & Pads for G35 Coupe with Brembo Brakes [ticos]
Aug 05, 2007 (4:38 pm)
$3,000 for a brake job is complate insanity!
Brake jobs are actually very easy on most cars, but only if you've seen them done before.
As for parts, Brembo is a great name... but it's not necessary for the rotors.
The Brembo name shines in their calipers (the part that squeezes the brake pads onto the rotor).
You can get away with aftermarket pads and rotors, and keep the Brembo Calipers.
I swear by Bendix brand, but that's just me.
There's a lot of options for brake pads, including ceramic, which keeps the brake dust down.
The job will include unbolting 2 or so bolts which hold the caliper on to the car.
You then pop the old pads out and after removing the master cylinder cap (where the brake fluid goes), you use any c-clamp like tool to squeeze the caliper's piston back... so it's all the way into the caliper again.
Don't squeeze too fast or fluid may squirt out of the fluid reservoir.
Then you have the room to pop the new pads into the caliper, which are held in with springs...very easy.
Before bolting on the caliper with the new pads, you pull off the old rotor and the new one goes right on, over the lug nut studs.
If the rotor is stuck, tapping it with a hammer a few times usually loosens it right up.
Rust builds up in between the rotor and studs and this sometimes causes a little work getting them off.
Once the rotor is on, replace the caliper where it came from and tighten your bolts.
Make sure your brake fluid level is topped off and replace the cap.
Start the car and pump the pedal a few times so the caliper piston can seat the pads.
Be easy on your new pads for 100 or miles, allowing them to seat correctly.
Of, and when putting the tires back on, please use a torque wrench.
Over torqued lug nuts are the #1 cause of warped rotors.
Go to the shop and pay through the nose.
#42 of 95 Re: Aftermarket Rotors & Pads for G35 Coupe with Brembo Brakes [ticos]
Oct 18, 2007 (9:07 am)
I'm in a very similar situation. I've got an 03 6MT Coupe with Brembos and 29k miles. I took it into the dealership and they told me that I need new front and rear brakes (rotors and pads). They claimed the rotors cannot be machined b/c they are so thin to begin with. The want $2600 for the full job! I then went to a local shop and they want $2800 and told me that the reason the price is so high is b/c there are no aftermarket rotors. Well that's obviously some BS.
So now I'm in the process of seeking out good aftermarket pads and rotors (is that all I need). I don't plan on doing the work myself b/c I'm not at all mechanically inclined.
I'm looking for advice now on which aftermarket rotors and pads to purchase and where to buy. I'm mostly interested in durability and less brake dust. I don't push the car very much so performance is less of a consideration. Any suggestions based on your experience?
#43 of 95 Re: Aftermarket Rotors & Pads for G35 Coupe with Brembo Brakes [red01baron]
Oct 24, 2007 (4:04 pm)
Not sure if they sell replacements for Brembos but Burtman Industries sells rotors and pads that I bought for my 05 X. It has the "small" brakes of the 03/04. The rotors are slotted and drilled and the pads are ceramic. These are fantastic. Virtually no dust, very smooth braking and they really bite when I push them. If they have a replacement for the Brembos, give them some consideration.
#44 of 95 Re: Aftermarket Rotors & Pads for G35 Coupe with Brembo Brakes [esfoad]
Oct 27, 2007 (12:13 pm)
Hey guys. Any luck on finding a nice set of cheap rotors? I'm in the same situation as you guys. I have an 03 coupe with brembos. I resurfaced them about 15000 mi ago and had my dad change the pads. I made it to 45000 with the stock rotors on. My dad is going today to see if they can be resurfaced anymore when they rotate my tires. I looked online and they said they can be resurfaced only up to 8mm front and 6mm back. I'm looking at my rotors now and I'm wondering what kind of rotors they are. They look like they have a lot more meat on them. They arent the cross-drilled slotted kind that I see everywhere when looking for rotors for my 03 coupe. Now I'm dumbfounded as hell? I'm curious as to whether this is the stock rotor, or an aftermarket rotor. I bought the car at 25000 mi. They have the brembo calipers but look like different rotors? If you guys find anythning cheaper than the $370 replacements let me know.
My brother has an 04 coupe with brembos sport package as well, I believe he has the same rotors, I have to look when he gets back
Mar 10, 2008 (5:59 pm)
Hey everyone...new here. I have an 03 sedan and have had it from the start. The warranty has run out and I don't want to pay the $2500 the dealership has quoted to change out the rotors and pads. I am mechanically inclined to an extent. Is this a job I can do on my own? Do I head to a discount auto parts or should I head a specialty shop? I am excited about working on the car, but want to make sure its done right. Any thoughts?
#46 of 95 Re: '03 g35 Sedan [kreyturn2]
Mar 18, 2008 (9:21 am)
I have gotten great wear on my brakes and they stop quickly (although I do get a lot of brake dust), but due to the known problem the dealership replaced my front brake pads and rotors when my car was in the body shop last year under warranty. Now I need to replace the rear brakes (I have 80K miles on them or at least 45K that I put on them). I don't want to pay the dealership to replace them so my dad is going to do it for me, but I am having trouble finding the parts. First I was told they couldn't get the pads if I had VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) which I do, and thought everyone had. Now I need to know if my car has Brembo calipers because I've been told they require different pads. I have an '03 RWD G35 Sedan. Does anyone know how I can tell if I have Brembo calipers and does anyone have a good website to order the pads and rotors from? Thanks!
#48 of 95 SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!
Sep 21, 2008 (5:58 pm)
I have a 2004 G35X. I am trying to change the rotors and brake pads. I can remove the caliper but there are 2 19mm bolts that I can't seem to loosen. Hell maybe I don't even need to remove them but I don't see how I could remove the rotor if I don't remove the 2 bolts. Can anyone help???