There are better options for sure..
OEM is made by Akebono so if you find Akebono aftermarket alternatives they are relatively the same as OEM.
It all depends what you want to do with the MDX...
EBC has in its line up:
Ultimax2 (OEM Equivalent)
GreenStuff 6000 (Better than OEM)
GreenStuff 7000 HD (Superior than OEM with Great pad Life)
YellowStuff (Track Pad with way more than you need, Pad Life is low and dust is insane)
What is missing here is the RedStuffs which is their middle way line up.. Perhaps since the MDX is too heavy they went with the Organic GreenStuffs and bumped up the formula instead that is what the 7000HD are for, Trucks and SUVs.
The YellowStuff is simply overkill for most uses, I installed those in my TL-S and the braking power is simply out of this world. But they have 3 Cons which are a huge compromises.
1.- They hardly work when Cold, This is noticeable when the car is cold the car will brake with less power than OEM when Cold and they Squeak until Hot.
2.- Too Much Dust, You will have to clean your wheels every single day.
3.- Insanely Low Pad Life, I went through the complete YellowStuffs in simple daily driving in 6 months they also reduced my Rotor Life significantly.
In short get the GreenStuffs 7000HD and call it a day.
We just drive normally as family car. So GreenStuff 7000 HD is good perfect for our driving pattern/requirement ?
Plus any recommendation for Rotors?
Thanks much for your detailed response
Thank you very much!may i say awesome and very very useful info??!!!!
yeah, that's what i'm plan to do the brake fluid flush first, then see if I need to replace the brake pads.Although you should do the brake fluid flush, which is easy to do, I doubt it'll make any noticeable change in what you feel when applying the brakes. The main reason for the flush is to eliminate any built-up moisture and contaminants in the fluid.
I just checked my pads, which are original, at around the 43K mile point. They have about 1/4" of material left on them so I deemed them still fine for now but at 52K miles yours is that much more used than mine but of course how the pads wear depends on the types of roads you primarily drive on (lots of easy freeway miles vs stop and go), your habits/technique in brake application, and the ambient temperature, as well as other things like how heavily loaded the vehicle is, whether you drive frequently in hilly/mountainous terrain, etc.
Most likely you're ready for a brake job fairly soon. If nothing else, check on them yourself or have them checked.
Thanks for that info - good to know. Do you happen to have the numbers? If I was to go to the dealer to buy rotors and they had the old ones still in stock I don't doubt they'd go ahead and pull them off the shelf to fulfill my purchase.Be aware that Acura has superseded the rotor part number recently. Dealer told me that is a known issue and the newer part number is supposed to fix the problem