I am now keeping my own maintenance records on that truck. I used to keep a maintenance log on every vehicle I owned but I stopped due to part laziness and that the newer vehicles need so little work.
The wife is and always has been a very good driver. She now drives like an old grandma so I know she not hot-rodding it on the route.
I trust our mechanic emphatically and he's also a friend and every time I've double checked his work and/or advice it's been correct and cheaper than most, and this is over a period of many years.
I did my own wrenching for many, many years, some of those professionally (I quit for medical and time reasons), and I never experienced or heard of brake shoes or pads wearing out that fast either. I don't recall what was done on the last service so maybe his records were wrong.
With that said, my wife started asking the other rural carriers about the problem. The one fella, who had the same route before her said with all the hills and curves (that describes the terrain we live in) and all the **** stops, and depending upon the vehicle type
, he'd replace front brake pads anywhere from 6K to 12K max and always kept a spare set in the garage. He said he started using "heavy duty pads like taxicabs use"
so I guess I have to try and find out if there's any 2006 Chevy Colorado taxicabs out there and, if so, what brake pads they use
I was told that the 1st generation Colorado's front brakes were "acceptable" for normal usage but that they didn't hold up well under any type of constant heavy usage. I know the rotors are a PIA to replace (nice job of designing there GMC) so...that's why I asked about better pads.
So with all that said...can anyone recommend a good, long(er) lasting pad to try?