At 38,000 I replaced my original pads and rotors. Went with new Raybestos rotors and Wagner Thermo-quiet's. I don't drive aggressively and have hauled loads and trailers with my truck. I would think that 17,000 sounds too short. I'm pretty sure there have been threads like this one, and from what I remember it seemed like the average interval (for front brakes) was around 35,000.
If Mazda pulled the same thing Ford did you're right where you should be. My brakes have squealed since day one. The dealership has given me multiple stories but the only consistant one is that the brakes are a new style made of metal. They squeak but produce less brake dust. You can have them replaced with the old style brakes or just deal with it like I do. There's a **** in my dash that if I turn it to the right it makes the brake squeal go away. I think it's labeled volume.....
On my 2004, the brakes were done at around 30,000km. But I did a lot of "stop-and-go" driving with that truck. I also had to replace the rear brakes at 60,000km, they had completely seized and the pads fell apart.
So far on my 2007, I am at 50,000km on the original brakes but I think they are due soon. I don't do nearly as much stop-and-go driving since I bought this truck so I'm sure that's why the brakes have lasted so long.
i brought mine in for a service check last month or so. the fronts are at about half life and the backs are squeeking a fair bit since i forgot to take the parking brake off for about 15 feet. oh yea, my milage is 18,xxx Kms and i do alot of stop/go/city driving.
have u actually looked at ur pads? are they low? cuz if u just feel less braking power check ur fluid. also u might have a seized caliper thats making ur pads wear too much. but at 17k thats probably unlikely.
My front brakes only lasted 40000km. Now I'm at 68000 and my rotors have developed a pulse(I think they are warped), and the self adjusters in the back are seized. Rear shoes are still ok though. O I put on ford replacement pads at 40k
I would physically take a look at your pads to see if they are actually worn out. Most brakes will squeek eventually, but that doesnt mean they need to be replaced. So get a flashlight and look through your wheel at the actual brake pad and see how worn down it is. And check your fluid!