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Alright, I've already worn the brakes out on my X. I'm just shy of 15,000 miles and the pads are heavily worn.

I went to AutoZone to pick up new pads. I told them what truck I had, and to my surprise "Tacoma X-Runner 2wd" was actually listed in their computer! I thought "Great! I'm not going to have to worry about whether or not the regular 2wd pads will fit!"
I got home, got everything apart, and thats when I saw that the pads I was sold were not even close to being the pads I yanked out of my truck. Frustrated, I went back to AutoZone to return them (this time, a different store, just in case the part numbers were different). They looked it up on their computer, and it listed the same incorrect part number for the pads. I had them look up every other 2005 Tacoma model; 2wd, 4x4, Prerunner. I even had them look up the part number for a 2004 2wd Tacoma. All of them were listed with the same brake pad part number. Annoyed, I got a refund and left the store.


I decided to make things simple for myself and went to the dealer. I walked out empty handed after they told me they want $92.50 for a set of brake pads! "The pads wear out so that it doesn't ruin the rotor, thats why they cost more" was what the guy behind the counter told me. Well, if these are the same pads I wore out after 14,600 miles then I'll pass on a set of $100 brake pads.
I went to Kragen, and its the same deal as AutoZone. They carried a different brand of pads, but they aren't even close to being the same. Pep Boys didn't even have any brake pads in stock.

Anyways, thats my story. Has anyone else gone through this yet? Why can't I find the correct pads? I can drive my dad's car for a day or two, but I can't afford to be without a vehicle for longer than that. I'm afraid I'm going to have to bite the bullet and just buy the damn Toyota parts. Or f*ck it, I'll just get the damn brake kit...
 

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Judging by the response from this thread, nobody cares (why would you care, its not like it doesn't affect all other X owners out there), but there was some progress made in the CustomTacos thread on this subject. The info that Robert (Cam2Xrunner) posted is good, so check it out if you're planning on changing pads soon...
http://www.customtacos.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54298
 

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I care. I just didnt see it. $100 for a set of pads is crazy. What are they made of, gold???
Id try Carquest. They are pretty good and have very cheap prices.
Id also try another dealer, that dealer might just have been trying to make a quick buck off of you.
 

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Captain_Toyota said:
I care. I just didnt see it. $100 for a set of pads is crazy. What are they made of, gold???
Id try Carquest. They are pretty good and have very cheap prices.
Id also try another dealer, that dealer might just have been trying to make a quick buck off of you.
I've never heard of Carquest in So Cal, but I could be wrong. Also, I saw the computer's listing of $89.99+tax (I believe that was the price). They didn't just make up the price. Also, one guy on CT who worked at a dealer offered them to me for $68, so a $20 markup on them doesn't sound too far-fetched. I would have bought them from him but I couldn't wait that long, I needed my truck put back together.
 

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Life would have been so much simpler if they had given the x runner the same brakes as the prerunner / 4x4. I hate when the factory one off's something, sometimes I think they do it one special models so they can demand a premium for parts.
 
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