Three weeks ago I had my local independent specialist fit new discs and pads to the front of my car. This is fairly routine, I seem to need to discs/pads on the front about once a year. Rear discs and pads last much longer, I presume because they do less work. I supplied the parts, and this time I bought ultra cheap Eicher branded discs/pads. They failed to bed in at all, left me with a soggy pedal and basically poor braking. This was 3 weeks ago and today I decided to chuck 'em away and fit my usual favourite, which is ATE discs and pads. Local specialist duly undertook the work, with a bit of a told-you-so approach. The ATE parts are working perfectly within a few dozen miles of use, giving the firm progressive feel and bite that I'm accustomed to, ie. immediate response and strong braking available with minimal pressure on the pedal. Moral - don't fit cheap parts, even if the E marking regs have been tightened up recently. The difference between statutory minimum and quality parts is enormous. More worryingly, the car sailed though it's MoT yesterday with the cheap crap parts fitted. Just shows how low the MoT standard is for braking performance. The Eicher discs that were removed, just 3 weeks old, had stress fractures visible, centre of one disc showed signs of excess heating and two of the Eicher pads had partially delaminated. My advice - avoid Eicher as a brand firstly. Secondly, and I should have known this - YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!! Every so often I try to economise and invariably get bitten and end up spending more.