So I've been browsing the forums and learning a bit about brakes and rotors and such. I decided to finally buy new brake pads. I purchased my car used about 3 months ago and I've been slowing going over the car and making sure regular consumables and normal maintenance stuff is being done. It had 4 owners prior so kinda unsure about certain things that are on the car already.
I have a 2002 WRX with an A/T. Since I bought it 3 months ago the only thing I've done was change the battery (getting voltages as low as 9-10 on idle) and the ignition coils (rough idle with misfires) and spark plugs and I did a coolant flush and change after a hose blew. I got the car used at 93k miles so I've been slowly doing maintenance as I've been saving up the cash.
When I first got the car a buddy of mine whose a tech for VW took a quick look and said the pads are okay. I've been hearing more and more noise and squeaking and I want to change them. I'm sure they might be okay and might not need changing but I want them changed for my own piece of mind. I didn't put the pads on there and I don't know who did or what kind they are. The rotors are also going to be checked out as well but for now I'm focusing on the pads.
I've been researching and narrowed it down to 2 different brands:
The StopTech Street Performance Pads and the Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads. My car was manufactured in 02/02 so I have an idea as to which pads are on there now, plus ill have someone else double check with me when I get the wheels off.
For the front at backs the StopTechs are going for 102 before tax and shipping and the Hawks are going for 171. That about a 70$ difference.
From what I read, correct me if I'm wrong please but a majority of the people that went with the Hawks were already at stage 2. Is there a method behind this madness or was it just a coincidence on the posts and different forums I've been on? I plan on going stage 2 but I don't have the money to yet and 70$ difference can go into my stage 2 savings. Or are the Hawks definitely worth the extra 70 if so I take safety over anything.
This car is my daily driver, I don't race, launch, or do anything crazy. Sure I may go over 60 or 70 on the high way but that's for a relatively short time and when there is space on the road where I don't have to hit my brakes right away.
So yeah that's pretty much it just looking for some feedback guys. Thanks!