"Dustless" pads are up to you- no downside other than the price.
Regarding rotors. Rotors are consumable, but how long they should last cannot be known- their life is based on driving style, and any number of other factors.
Volkswagen should publish specs for rotor thickness, a smooth, well cared for rotor that is thinner than manufacturer's specs should be replaced, as the failure mode can be rather unpleasant. Don't dink around with brakes.
If you are unsure about your mechanic, hit google, the library or the dealer to find out the minimum acceptable thickness for your make/model, then ask the mechanic to mic out the rotor in your presence.
65k is not out of line for rotor replacement, but the only objectice indicator is to measure the rotor's thickness.
Thursday, March 9th, 2006 AT 10:53 AM