In need of brakes on the '94 e320 wagon. Have a few questions, trying to decide to DIY or Pay the Man. Here's the facts: I moved recently from Knoxville where I had a great MB indy shop, trusted implicitly to Cincinnati, have a couple referrals for local shops but no warm-fuzzies yet. Thus the questions here for confirmation. Also, brakes are only part of what this car will be needing in the near future, but brakes are top o'the list. That little indicator lamp on the dash that comes on with every step of the pedal does a good job of making you feel guilty and is hard to ignore!
Have called 2 indy-shops in the area, one is pretty much MB only and the other is a well-known "german" shop. Have asked for price estimates for front brakes, engine mounts and AC compressor (ouch, I know it's the compressor, had some dye added last Fall and Evap is OK-for now). Seen a range of $1225 for compressor and $500 for brakes to $1550 for compressor and $600 brakes. $350 mounts both. Both brake estimates are for new rotors, and was told by the $600 shop that when do new rotors MB recommends repacking bearings and new grease seals, thus quite a bit of labor. Can y'all confirm for me if this is necessary and on the MB list or am I being "upsold" here? Even with repacking bearing, seems darn pricey to me at $500-600.
I have done front disc brakes before at home, but only domestic, GM and Ford. I don't plan on doing my own AC compressor nor probably the motor mounts, but am considering the brakes to help ease the pain of the other jobs. I'm sure I can find the step/by/step somewhere, but will I get in over my head for some reason here? Even if I'm due for rotors/repacking, I'm tempted to put new pads on to buy me 6 mos/6-8k miles for now and delay the shop bill now when I know I need the other work. Any opinions on that? And if I do so, locally available pads, like the Axxis semi-metallic or 'premium organic' available at Auto Zone, OK to use short term?
Thanks for any replies, just trying to keep costs down or the trusty wagon may be on the eBay auction block...Good thing I love the car and body is solid as a rock