Well, I never actually thought the quality / rating of brake pads would really matter in normal driving.. then my mechanic suggested QFM pads cause the previous, Bendix Ultimate / Premium (Not sure, I asked for premiums, I think the mechanic put ultimates on), tended to squeak a lot when I drove in peak-hour traffic and stopped/started heaps.. Now I wish I'd gone with bendix again.
Comming down a STEEP hill (this hill can almost bring an underpowered car to a stop, on the climb up) the brakes started to seem a bit funny after the first minute or so, then by the end of the descent, they were feeling strange, sort've mushy.. so I did the old come-to-a-stop test, and my god.. if I HAD to stop, I'd be totally ****ed.. it just rolled on and on for like 50 meters :(
Sorry for the rant.. point is, these QFM (not sure of specs) pads are not suitable for big cars like fords (even my EA which isn't nearly as heavy as the newer fords), with any sort of hard braking requirement.. You've been warned
On a seperate note, anyone know of any performance pads which don't squeak so much when used lightly but often? Or is this one of those, you can have strong braking, or you can have quite braking things? Looks like Bendix / Metal king for me :)