I've not had good experience with Autozone "DuraLast" pads or their rotors. On my '97, the rotors warped and the pads were noisy. On my wife's 2003 Chrysler minivan, the pads are noisy. I need to change these soon (d*mn minivans eat brakes!), and I don't know what I'm going to use..
Autozone, Advance Discount Auto Parts and Carquest sell junk for brake parts. That includes cheap Chinese rotors, cheap pads, poorly remanufactured brake calipers, you name it. Best avoid those places for your brake needs.
Pete, I really cannot speak for Autozone, Advance and Discount, but I an assure you that our brake parts are far from "junk". Our pads are application specific formulated by Raybestos and IMO are the best pads available when considering everyday brands. I am sure there are some really premium micro brands out there that my outperfom our pads but our Blue and Gold series meatallics and ceramics are absolutely premium products. Our Red series is alos supplied by Raybestos but this is the Economy side of our offering.
As for rotors, you are correct in saying they are made in China and I hate this as much or more than anyone. Howver, the fact is, there is no US rotor company that can possible supply us or any other major Auto Parts Chain. There are a few rotors still mfgd in the states but very very few. I will tell you that the quality of Chinese rotors is all over the board. From rotors being cast in red dirt all the way to extremely high tech state of the art manufacturing facilities. We have chosen the finest mfgs in China and as of today, have almost zero warranties or complaints with our rotors.
I will offer the same defense of our Calipers. They are supplied to us by A 1 Cardone and are excellent quality and we sell them by the train load with almost no warranty issues at all.
Please remember, approx 75% of our business comes from the Professional Installer and commercial type customers and our Brake line is one of our top 3 lines. We have literally thousands of Professional Shops that swear by our Brake Parts. Please understand, we would never gamble with the quality or our Premium line products. We have far too much to loose.
If you have had a particular bad experience with our Brake Parts, please let me know and I will be happy to do my best to make it right for you.