I'm getting conflicting information on the type of brake pads to install on my vehicles. I own a '04 Toyota Corolla and a '00 Nissan Frontier (4cyc., 2WD). I'm trying to figure out whether I should put ceramic or semi-metallic brake pads on them. I called the Nissan dealership and they said they didn't know, as they just put on what they're given. The local auto parts store sells their "lifetime warranty" ceramic pads, which my local shop said would destroy my rotors. Now I'm confused.
Is there a general rule? Is it vehicle dependent? If so, how do I find out what's recommended?