It could be bad design. Maybe the 'Trep should have been designed with bigger rotors and/or bigger calipers and/or bigger pads, etc. It could also be a matter of inferior OE brake friction material. Personally, I haven't had a problem with braking.
I'm not trying to advertise here, but I work for Bendix brakes. As I mentioned on the 2002 police package post, we do make a brake pad for the police cruisers that use a more agressive friction material, as well as a stronger plate and a stronger friction attachment type. These brakes should reduce braking distances, but may wear down the rotors quicker.
We also make a friction material for the Brazil market (mainly) that is so agressive that you literally can stop on a dime. But, every time you replace the pads, you must replace the rotors. I'm not sure if this material is used for the Intrepid application.
I can get numbers, if so desired.
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