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Well my brake pad light came on and its been long enough to need new brakes, but for budget purposes I can only do my fronts for now. What's a good price for just the fronts? Last time I did all 4 for pads and rotors it was like $600 so is about $300 reasonable? No I am not doing them myself, I have this quirk where I don't work on things when I am not 100% sure of what I am dealing with :confused:
 

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Well my brake pad light came on and its been long enough to need new brakes, but for budget purposes I can only do my fronts for now. What's a good price for just the fronts? Last time I did all 4 for pads and rotors it was like $600 so is about $300 reasonable? No I am not doing them myself, I have this quirk where I don't work on things when I am not 100% sure of what I am dealing with :confused:
If you get a shop manual, you can do them yourself, and use the money saved to buy super high quality pads and rotors. There are plenty of resources available. One thing I would advise is getting a friend who is experienced with cars/someone from here or the Rev to help you out; messing up your brakes can be a bad experience.
 

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DIY Not for me

One thing I would advise is getting a friend who is experienced with cars/someone from here or the Rev to help you out; messing up your brakes can be a bad experience.
Nobody on here ever takes their car in for work? Its all DIY'ers around me? Cut me apart all you want, I concede I am not an expert at everything. I am sure somebody has taken their Benz in for brakes. Peace of mind is worth spending money at a mechanic's to me, these aren't Tauruses nor Civics in our driveways. :surrender:
 

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Taking one of these cars into a shop for work defeats the purpose of owning it. Changing pads and rotors is extremely easy on these cars. You should be able to do both front and rear for less than $100 in parts.
 

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Nobody on here ever takes their car in for work? Its all DIY'ers around me? Cut me apart all you want, I concede I am not an expert at everything. I am sure somebody has taken their Benz in for brakes. Peace of mind is worth spending money at a mechanic's to me, these aren't Tauruses nor Civics in our driveways. :surrender:
no no, I always take my car to the dealer even to clean my windshield cause I am not sure what kind of birds did their business on it.
Having said that, I don't even allow independent repair shops touch my precious car; it must be done by a dealer to factory specifications by a mechanic called Gunther or else I will haggle for a discount on the car wash and ask for free coffee at the lounge to boot.
If you GIVE me your car, I promise to take care of it by pretending to be Gunther, in my garage or in the street. Did you get the memo? those cars are designed to be worked on in the field under some nasty conditions... like a mere mortal like me touching them while singing

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Well my brake pad light came on and its been long enough to need new brakes, but for budget purposes I can only do my fronts for now. What's a good price for just the fronts? Last time I did all 4 for pads and rotors it was like $600 so is about $300 reasonable? No I am not doing them myself, I have this quirk where I don't work on things when I am not 100% sure of what I am dealing with :confused:
There is no need to replace rotors if only the pads need to be replaced.

Front pads: $38
Rear pads: $27
Front pad wear sensors: $5
Brake pad spreader: $10
Anti-squeal paste: $5
 

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The light flickers

Its probably rotors too as if it was just bad pads the light would be constant. Not flickering. This makes me think the rotors are warped from being too thin. I'd be tempted to give this a go but if anybody knew just what kind of tools this took.
 

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Nobody on here ever takes their car in for work? Its all DIY'ers around me? Cut me apart all you want, I concede I am not an expert at everything. I am sure somebody has taken their Benz in for brakes. Peace of mind is worth spending money at a mechanic's to me, these aren't Tauruses nor Civics in our driveways. :surrender:
I'm sure plenty take their cars in for work, but to say that one has to own a low-quality car to work on it is a bit offensive.
 

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i'm doing my front pads today. this is the second time in 70k miles as i seem to get about 35k from the front pads. pads and rotors were "professionally" replaced just before i bought the car about 70k miles ago have not and will not be replacing the rotors, even if a little scored, as i have no indication of warp and my experience has been that some light scoring is not a problem, except to brake shops. hard to say how long it takes as i always get interrupted during the project. i would guess less than two hours for both fronts. no special tools, but a shop manual is worth the investment.
 

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Nobody on here ever takes their car in for work? Its all DIY'ers around me? Cut me apart all you want, I concede I am not an expert at everything. I am sure somebody has taken their Benz in for brakes. Peace of mind is worth spending money at a mechanic's to me, these aren't Tauruses nor Civics in our driveways. :surrender:
My two W201's get factory brake parts unless my mechanic's shop tells me otherwise. My mechanic is named Fred Dorgler in Richmond Hill, N.Y. and he does all my chassis work on both cars. The dealer does all my engine work to include fuel delivery.

I recall the 16v needing $450 in rotors, bearings, pads and shims/grease in 2008 and about the same for the 8v in 2010. Dorgler's labor was about $200 for each car.

I change my rotors every time three pad sets wear out no matter the condition of the rotor and I change my bearings every roughly 50,000 miles unless the spirit moves me to do so sooner.
 

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Because MB 190 brakes are very easy to maintain, an independent Mercedes specialist should have no problem doing a proper job at a fair price. The better indies tend to be small one man operatons, run by a former senior mechanic at the dealer. And, the older the MB mechanic, the more familiar they will be with our antique cars.
 

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The hardest part about this job is freeing the 17mm caliper bolts and then maybe freeing the rotors if they're seized on. It's an easy job. Saying that you trust a mechanic more .... even a dealership mechanic .. I've heard horror stories. I have peace of mind doing it myself rather than giving it to some lackey. My indie is great (not the lackey I was referring to) but I only take stuff to him I can't do myself, like ball joints (and some people do those themselves too). The reason I bought this car was that parts are cheap and they're easy to work on as well as having a great community for support if you get stuck.
 
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