Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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If your car was new, as in you just dropped $45K on it, would you trust it to Pep Boys?
If the answer is no, then you shouldn't trust it to them simply because it's old and didn't cost you much.
If the answer is yes...well, then I'd be willing to wager that you're in a very small minority.
The only reason I can imagine for taking the car to Pep Boys (or Jiffy Lube or any other generic repair outfit) is because you personally know someone there who does quality work (based upon your personal past experience with them) and they are the one that is going to be doing all of the work on your car. If not, you have to be willing to trust your car to the lowest common denominator in their shop.
Brakes are not difficult, but they are particular. Best case scenario, they do it right. Odds-on case scenario you'll have a relatively minor issue, like brake noise (oh, is this common with German cars when people don't know what they are doing!!). Worst case, they actually do something that compromises your stopping ability. That's a horrifying thought, and a gamble you shouldn't be willing to take. Hey, if they botch an oil change, they ruin your engine. But that's only money.
If they botch a brake job, you could be seriously injured or killed (or kill someone else).
Not worth it, not in my opinion. Find a decent indie shop or learn to DIY.
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