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Old 03-11-2008, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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average cost of brake job?

I wanna do brakes shoes, front rotors and abs sensors all around. the back rotors are in good shape.

how much did your brake job cost with your indie, labor included?

also, how much more would it cost to put cross drilled rotors on or are they really worth it?
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had my front rotors and shoes changed recently for $370 including labor, don't know about the abs sensor though, but I am pretty sure it's gonna be a little bit costly. I asked the shop about the cross-drilled rotors, and he told me it's not worth it. He is an excellent guy/owner of the shop and he sometimes does things for me for free, so I trust him a lot!
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thanks cheukfu, I figured it would cost in that area, just wanted to make sure. thanks
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I was quoted $185 for pads only at a reputable indie MB specialist. $370 with rotors is quite a deal in the MB world!

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whoever said that is price gouging you. i went to a regular mechanic and installed 4 rotors and 8 pads for $65, no joke. and they installed it perfect.
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whoever said that is price gouging you. i went to a regular mechanic and installed 4 rotors and 8 pads for $65, no joke. and they installed it perfect.
I'm talking about with the parts included, smart guy. And where do you live? This is Hawaii, think about it.
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Not to throw you a curve ball (hey, it's almost baseball seaon, right?) but have you considered this as a DIY? MB brakes are pretty straightforward and you can pick up the parts online for very good prices. If not no big deal, but you're right, you pay a premium for living in Eden.

I have an E but the brake parts are not that much dearer, for both axle pad sets and rear rotors I was quoted $975 from a dealer here in the bay area (they were doing some warranty work and included a "free" safety inspection). Needless to say I passed, spent a few hours in the driveway one day doing it myself.

I think the $370 price sounds pretty good for parts and labor; I have a co-worker with a 202 who had his done at a local indie, all four rotors and both axle pad sets I think he paid $700 or thereabouts. I'd guess that our BA prices are similar to what you'd see there.

FWIW, I put cross-drilled rotors on my car solely because my wheels are open enough to show them off (and I got a smokin' price on them...). MB overengineers brakes, so drilled rotors are just overkill (slotted rotors will accelerate pad wear). Moreover, drilled rotors are not as durable as solid/vented and are more prone to cracking and breaking.

If you're bothered by brake dust there are lots of aftermarket pad alternatives such as EBC, Axxis deluxe plus, Akebono ceramics (these are a harder compound and will accelerate rotor wear if that is a concern). Of course you pay a bit more for these, too.

Anyway, just a few more things to consider.

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here's my quote:

brembo rotors (front only needed)
jarid and ata pads (front and rear)
wear sensors (front an drear)

$560 parts and labor

not to mention an unforseen lower ball joint replacement

another $450

$1,016 with tax - indie mechanic

I'm taking it in tomorrow. I don't have time to do it myself.
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here's my quote:

brembo rotors (front only needed)
jarid and ata pads (front and rear)
wear sensors (front an drear)

$560 parts and labor

not to mention an unforseen lower ball joint replacement

another $450

$1,016 with tax - indie mechanic

I'm taking it in tomorrow. I don't have time to do it myself.
Lower ball joint replacement? Is it a common thing needs to be replaced?
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Lower ball joint replacement? Is it a common thing needs to be replaced?
I don't think so. I'm up to 115,000 miles and only have to replace 2 of them. there'e a total of 4 under there. they hold everything in place. when they wear out, your tires feel it the most. so they are important.
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