Date registered: Mar 2012
Vehicle: 2005 c230 Sport Sedan
Location: SF Bay Area, California
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I just made the decision to do my own pads and rotors after getting my quote from the dealership ($675 fronts, $490 rears ... and this was with their monthly special of roughly $75 off) The Indy mechanics were maybe 15-20% less ...
I bought Zimmerman coated cross-drilled rotors and Pagid pads. I got cross-drilled for the rears also -- they look nicer and for the money I was saving through DIY I felt it justified the splurge of $25 extra per rotor. The Pagid pads I got are made in Germany. I've been told they have versions made in the UK and elsewhere, but the ones manufactured in Germany are better.
Approx costs for rear:
* rotors $65 each = $130
* pads $40
* no sensor in rear of 2005 c230
* two packets of brake paste, $4
* a can of brake cleaner and 3 pairs of latex gloves, $5
so under $200.
* rotors $97 each = $200
* pads $65
* sensor $5
* brake cleaner & gloves $5
Don't forget some blue LocTite, $6 for a small tube that will last a long time.
I installed the rears last weekend and the fronts yesterday. It took me 2-3 hours per axle, but I had the car on simple jack stands, had to do a lot of crouching, first time through this being extra careful, and spent a lot of the time cleaning as I went. Everything feels good and quiet.
Last edited by jkowtko; 04-02-2012 at 10:10 AM.