Buddy's 2007 VW GTI 6MT needs new brakes at 20,000 miles. At the 20k service, the dealer reported that the rear pads are down to 1mm and the front pads are down to 3mm. The rear brakes have been making some groaning noises in the morning, so the dealer's findings do not surprise me. I went to AutohausAZ and they have Zimmerman rotors and Textar pads for a great price-- $326 shipped for front and rear sets. I plan to replace the pads and rotors at the same time. I've been told that Textar has been an OE supplier to the German makes for a number of years, and that the Textar pads should deliver similar if not identical performance to the Genuine VW part. Is this true? Also, I noticed that the rear Textar pads include new caliper bracket clips and guide pin bolts. I was told that the guide pin bolts are one-time-use stretch bolts that need replacement at every brake job. The front Textar pads do not include any new hardware, so I assume that no hardware replacement is needed for the fronts. Is that correct? I am also open to other suggestions on brake parts. Thanks!