2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
- Plano, Texas, USA
Yes, I changed the rear drum brakes on my 1998 Honda CR-V the first time at 183K miles although all brake shoes still had plenty of lining left; whereas the front had changed 3 times.I had 230,000 miles on the rear brakes of my Honda CR-V when I sold it. They were still fine.
The brake design will decide whether the front or rear goes first. Generally speaking the newer vehicles will wear the rear brakes out first due to the reason Buzzman12 explained above. I also want to added an additional reason the rear brakes wearing out faster is because the much smaller area on rear brake pads. With all disk brakes, the front brakes on my 2000 BMW 528i wear out a lot earlier than the rear, but the rear brakes on my 2001.5 VW Passat GLX wear out a lot earlier than the front.I didn't change the rear brakes on my MZ3 until they hit 160,000.
Brakes are a thing that completely depend on how you drive. If you drive all highway like I do, they'll last forever. If you drive inner city stop and go like a taxi does, you'll be lucky to get 20,000 out of a set. If you have a Miata that you flog at at Road Atlanta on Saturdays, you'll be doing great to get a weekend out of them.
For our CX-5, the rear brakes definitely wear out a lot earlier than the front.