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Old 05-09-2010, 01:10 AM   #1
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So I just took my car in and found out that I need front rotors and pads, my mechanic quoted $450 including labor, they are not oem parts but he stated comparable. I just bought the car a few months ago, does this seem like a fair price? I'm located in So Cal.
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:19 AM   #2
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Look up the diys and do it yourself. You can get the pads and rotors for the front and back for that price and put them on yourself. If you're going to have a mechanic do it, $450 parts and labor is reasonable, but I would stick with OEM parts
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Old 05-09-2010, 09:05 AM   #3
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Brakes a a pretty easy DIY. Sometimes you can get away with doing pads only if the rotors are still higher than minimum thickness levels. You can also go aftermarket upgraded pads for less than OEM. There are lots of brake threads so do a search. I like PBR/Axxis Ultimates and paid around $65.00 I think from Turner Motorsports. You will also need a brake pad wear sensor for about $15.00. A lot of people recommemd OEM rotors and Tischer BMW http://www.getbmwparts.com/ usually sells all OEM BMW parts at a discount. Once you learn to do the brake DIY you will save thousands of dollars over the years. I do brakes on all my vehicles now.
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Old 05-09-2010, 09:29 AM   #4
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I agree with the guys above it is really easy to do rotors and pads. Jack it up, wheel off, pop off the retaining spring and 2 bolts and the caliper comes off (now simply lift the old pads out) then 1 screw and the rotor comes off. Reverse the procedure with new parts fitted.

It would also be a good opportunity to bleed the brake lines (fairly easy to do and would complement new rotors and pads) and put new fluid in if this has not been done recently, check my sig for the DIY.

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Old 05-09-2010, 11:00 AM   #5
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So I just took my car in and found out that I need front rotors and pads, my mechanic quoted $450 including labor, they are not oem parts but he stated comparable. I just bought the car a few months ago, does this seem like a fair price? I'm located in So Cal.
If you know anything about cars in general, youcan replace brakes yourself. BMW brakes are among the easiest to service.

Remove the tire.
6 (or 7) mm allen screw to remove the calipers. Gently pry the piston open before removing the caliper.
15mm nut to remove the caliper bracker.
Remove the rotor, put the new one on.
Put the caliper bracket back on.
Put the caliper back on.
Put the tire back on.


Rotors are about $50 each, and good pads are about $50 per axle set. This makes the front brakes run about $150 for parts. You can shop around and beat this estimate, but it's a pretty good number.

Somewhere in the beginning, working on the Left Front, there is a wear sensor that if you are not being notified that the brakes are worn, you can use the sensor over again if you don't break it. Carefully pry the sensor out of the pad and move it to the new pad. If you break the sensor, then you have to replace it. I think they cost roughly 10 bucks.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:51 AM   #6
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Rotors= brembo from amazon

Pads= performance friction Z from Bimmerworld
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:56 AM   #7
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I did my front brakes, rotors, and flushed the brake lines for like $280... And I used all Genuine OEM parts...
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So I just took my car in and found out that I need front rotors and pads, my mechanic quoted $450 including labor, they are not oem parts but he stated comparable. I just bought the car a few months ago, does this seem like a fair price? I'm located in So Cal.
That is a Good Prices as long he don't use AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O'really Parts...

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I believe Auto-zone also sells performance friction pads
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:55 AM   #12
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To answer your question directly, yes that is a fair price. However, I agree with everyone ^^^ you should save some $$ learn abit and DIY!
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