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Unhappy Brake Pads for 2006 C230S

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I have 2006 c23 sports sedan and recently after service b, the dealer asked me to change the front brake pdas at $775.
I am thinking of buying the brake pads and going to another mechanic to get installed. I hope its not a bad idea to get the brake pads installed not by the dealer bcz they charge outrageously.
another question is that what brake pads should i buy. i see there are a lot of kinds. what brake pads are the best? ceramic or metallic? the mecedes dealer said they use metallic brake pads made by mercedes. But from what i read, seems ceramic brake pads are the best. and then again what brand should I buy?
Is there anything called sensors to my brakes? Do I have to change that as well? Can any good mechanic other than mercedes apprentice can do that?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Akebono pads are very popular and they come with new sensors. One reason for their popularity is reduced brake dust so your wheels stay cleaner. Myself I went with the Axxis Deluxe Plus pads, which are similar to Akebono but not quite so hard a compound. The wheels are no longer the reason I have to wash the car.

Dealers are often called "Stealers" and much for the reason you're describing.

Any decent shop can do this job but I'd recommend an MB indie, this is basic work will help you to find a good one. If they do good work for a fair price, you then know you can go back to them for other things and avoid the dealer.

Also, please click user cp and edit details to add your vehicle and location to your profile, it's useful information when you're seeking assistance.

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Hi Codes
Thanks for the information. That helps a lot.
But how do I find MB independent mechanic in the area, I tried to google but couldnt find one.
Anyways, I added the details to the cp user, and thanks for that also.
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Yelp can be useful; this is two indies in the area. There is only one review each, but that's something at least. (The third place listed is a dealer, probably the one that you referenced.)

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Also, brakes are not terribly difficult, so it can be a good test for the shop to see how they are. Pretty much anyone should be able to do this job, so use it as a litmus test. Do they speak to you properly? Treat you well? Respect you? Answer your questions to your satisfaction? Is your car ready when they said?

If you're satisfied with the work and comfortable with the shop, you at least have found an alternative to the dealer.

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I use the Akebono Euro Ceramic pads. Like them alot. Best of all, there is NO DUST!
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