Does your dealer know what they're talking about?
I thought Toyota uses a cheaper version of the Akebono ceramic,with EE friction rating. You can go to the dealer and ask to see the edge codes (probably AK xxx-xxx EE). AK manufacturer code means Akebono.
You can order aftermarket Akebono ProAct, with FF friction rating. Great stuff. Little dust, easy on rotors, no warpage in my experience. Or you can go a step further with Akebono Street Performance with GG friction rating. Not sure if these are worth the money over ProAct in typical driving.
These are about $50 pads per axle. Installation shouldn't be more than $60 per axle. No need to turn rotors if good, see:
Originally Posted by heyabbott
My rear brakes need new pads after 57K, deaeler says ceramic get too hot and Toyota recommends non-ceramic, $239. Independent mechanic says ceramic are the best, life-time warranty and $219.
ceramic or Toyota pads? is there another alternative?