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Hey everyone!

I am a week into owning my FiST and I love it... Absolutely without a doubt! Having a blast with it! The boost is so addictive; I have to be careful because of the break in! Just crossed 300 miles on the odometer so I am well on the way to unleashing it =) But during the past week the front brakes have caught my attention... There is always an EXCESSIVE buildup of brake dust and I have had to do no emergency stops or anything... I washed the car a couple days after buying it a literally the next day there was a healthy coating of dust on the front wheels! Is this normal for you guys too? Is there a potential defect? I am thinking about replacing pads eventually with something more aggressive anyways but is this excessive buildup normal?

Just saw a post about the real gas mileage on these bad boys... The silly mileage indicator doesn't do an instantaneous reading! (unless I don't know how to set it to that) but it only seems to read an average MPG rating and whenever the car idles it lowers the average! Is there a way to change it to read an instantaneous MPG rating???

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Chris
 

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I would say completely normal. The brakes are new. You will get a lot of brake dust over the first few months as they break in.

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The brakes are semi metallic compounds. The dust is normal and to be expected. They are "performance" oriented brakes so the dust is something we'll have to live with until companies begin making pads (i'm looking at you Cool Carbons!) I only have the average as well. The instant is a meh feature as I've alwasy preferred the instant. From what i've noticed it is pretty accurate for me. Within 1/2 mpg variance as to my calculations at the pump.
 

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OEM high performance pads almost always dust- it's the nature of the beast. As others have noted, some aftermarket pads will reduce the dusting. Having owned European cars for over 30 years, I guess I'm just used to the situation. Zeckhausen Racing is a good source for high quality aftermarket brake pads, rotors, etc.: Zeckhausen Racing They already list a few parts for the Focus ST and I'm sure Fiesta ST items will soon follow.
 

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OEM high performance pads almost always dust- it's the nature of the beast. As others have noted, some aftermarket pads will reduce the dusting. Having owned European cars for over 30 years, I guess I'm just used to the situation. Zeckhausen Racing is a good source for high quality aftermarket brake pads, rotors, etc.: Zeckhausen Racing They already list a few parts for the Focus ST and I'm sure Fiesta ST items will soon follow.
I have to agree. My '09 Cobalt SS has Brembos, and the brake dust is unbelievable. Nature of the beast in have oem performance oriented brake pads.
 

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I was thinking of going to a more aggressive pad because I have only ever owned German cars as well.. I did upgraded pads on my GTI and my Audi before that and they worked well...And I figured it was partially due to them breaking in... I was just curious because it was quick to build up and it almost looks like I have the gunmetal grey painted wheels.. xD haha But as long as it is to be expected I won't worry about it!
 
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