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    Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

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    Hey guys,

    I'm a noob, so here goes. My dealership just called and said I need to replace my rear brake pads. Cost is $605. Is this a fair amount including labour?

    Also, since it isn't covered under warranty, technically I can take somewhere else right?

    I'm getting it done at Audi for peace of mind but if I can take it somewhere else next time to save some cash $$$, I wouldn't mind either.

    Thanks,
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    hahahaha wow, if it's only pads.....that takes 30-40 mins per side so that's a bit much!

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    that sounds like a ridiculous price to replace all four brake pads, let alone just the rears..

    then again, I'm still used to MK3 GTI prices
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    That price is insane!

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    I would say thats a rape of a price. Are you against doing it yourself? Not hard and you can save hundreds. If not I'd take it somewhere else, it's such a simple job that the peace of mind of Audi doing it is worthless. Just my opinion.

    You sure that price doenst include rotors??
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Changing brake pads are not very hard AT ALL. If you have the tools and location to do it, I say give it a DIY. Honestly, not many ways to mess things up. I have done pad changes on my b7 before its not something extremely hard to do.

    the price they quoted you is extremely high, what is included rotors and pads or just pads? You can go with a set of aftermarket pads and upgrade your rotors at the same time. GSG offers this complete package, look them up in the Group Buy section they have good pricing.

    Any independent shop should be able to change brake pads for you, the fronts require no special tool, but the rear does, which can be rented (free) or purchased for $40. I am not sure if there is a DIY for brake pad removal, but if you attempt this on the weekend, I am more than willing to walk you through it.

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Thanks for the feedback guys. Damn it, lesson learned.I guess that's how they scam people. I was also told my tires need to be replaced, and the quote was $1,700 installed. (maybe they sprinkle gold flakes in the tires?)

    Uh, I'll get back to them on that one.

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Quote Originally Posted by aphextwin2050 View Post
    Hey guys,

    I'm a noob, so here goes. My dealership just called and said I need to replace my rear brake pads. Cost is $605. Is this a fair amount including labour?

    Also, since it isn't covered under warranty, technically I can take somewhere else right?

    I'm getting it done at Audi for peace of mind but if I can take it somewhere else next time to save some cash $$$, I wouldn't mind either.

    Thanks,
    John

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Just remember if you replace pads, unless your rotor surfaces look mint, you might as well get new ones or at least have them turned. Pads and rotors are as simple a job as you can find for a DIY; if you can change a tire, you can change pads/rotors . Just google and you'll find tons of write-ups on this, you'll save a bundle and you'll make sure everything is done right; plus you get to chose the parts of your liking at better prices if you research online.

    The stealership rapes yet again . At the least, go to an independent shop next time.
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Didn't realize the car also has a brake sensor? I didn't get any type of brake icon on my MFA, so I assume they need to fix this too?

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    hit up www.importrp.com and you can find some really good prices on brakepads (hawk, axis, etc)

    the labor is pretty simple, so you can either hit up a local 'ziner to lend you a helping hand, or take it to a local shop of your choice.

    btw - replacing brakepads outside of the dealership does will not void a warranty.

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    do it yourself....with normal tools (not air tools) will take you no more than a couple hours for the fronts. You'll save yourself a butt load of money....
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Thanks for the tips.

    I guess it turned out to be brake pads and rotors for the back.

    Mechanic ordered the wrong parts and now they have it for overnight so I have no car.

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Quote Originally Posted by aphextwin2050 View Post
    Thanks for the tips.

    I guess it turned out to be brake pads and rotors for the back.

    Mechanic ordered the wrong parts and now they have it for overnight so I have no car.
    They didn't provide you with a loaner/rental? Wow.

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    dear god that is an insane price wow
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro View Post
    Changing brake pads are not very hard AT ALL. If you have the tools and location to do it, I say give it a DIY. Honestly, not many ways to mess things up. I have done pad changes on my b7 before its not something extremely hard to do.

    the price they quoted you is extremely high, what is included rotors and pads or just pads? You can go with a set of aftermarket pads and upgrade your rotors at the same time. GSG offers this complete package, look them up in the Group Buy section they have good pricing.

    Any independent shop should be able to change brake pads for you, the fronts require no special tool, but the rear does, which can be rented (free) or purchased for $40. I am not sure if there is a DIY for brake pad removal, but if you attempt this on the weekend, I am more than willing to walk you through it.

    -randy
    randy walked me through the brake pad change. its very easy.. even my granny can do it

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Quote Originally Posted by ray-ray View Post
    that's the right price if they throw in a dildo too for when they ass rape you
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Quote Originally Posted by aphextwin2050 View Post
    Hey guys,

    I'm a noob, so here goes. My dealership just called and said I need to replace my rear brake pads. Cost is $605. Is this a fair amount including labour?

    Also, since it isn't covered under warranty, technically I can take somewhere else right?

    I'm getting it done at Audi for peace of mind but if I can take it somewhere else next time to save some cash $$$, I wouldn't mind either.

    Thanks,
    John
    What year is your car? Dealership replaced the pads on my 2005.5 for free under warranty.
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Quote Originally Posted by fromGMCtoAUDI View Post
    They didn't provide you with a loaner/rental? Wow.
    hahahah He's in alberta which means there's a 50% chance he's dealing with the same dealership I am. They will give you a ride to the rental company.
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Quote Originally Posted by Echo3One View Post
    What year is your car? Dealership replaced the pads on my 2005.5 for free under warranty.
    warranty
    proof please?

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Mine is 2006, how many miles do you have on it?
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    proof please?

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bllzll View Post
    proof please?
    Sorry, I don't have any proof. The Audi tech I usually work with when I do my visits to the dealership did a full on inspection before I hit 50K. He also mentioned the year of my car fell under the warranty where my pads would be replaced for free. So I don't know if this is the case with 2006 and up. Maybe somebody here that works for Audi, or knows anything about warranty's can chime in. My car was pushing close to 49K miles.
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    I have an 06 and the "stealership" quoted me $1000 for new pads and rotors. The rotors were fine and I found pads for front and back for $99 and did it myself. It's always nice when you can save yourself $900.

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Wow, that's pretty good. Mine is at 40K miles. I'll have to ask then.

    Currently, my regular maintenance check ups are free...or have they always been free?

    Quote Originally Posted by Echo3One View Post
    Sorry, I don't have any proof. The Audi tech I usually work with when I do my visits to the dealership did a full on inspection before I hit 50K. He also mentioned the year of my car fell under the warranty where my pads would be replaced for free. So I don't know if this is the case with 2006 and up. Maybe somebody here that works for Audi, or knows anything about warranty's can chime in. My car was pushing close to 49K miles.

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Speaking of which, should my brake sensor have gone off if my brake pads are worn out? They are replacing the brakes and rotors, should I try to get back at them since it didn't go off and now I have to replace the rotors too? Car is still under warranty, and I've went to every scheduled maintenance.

    No kidding....well, I should've came here first before I took it in. I should've known to trust my fellow ziner's than the stealership.
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Brake pads/rotors are one of the easiest upgrades and DIY there is. You can get upgraded pads for the same price, sometimes cheaper than stock pads and you'll stop much quicker. It's also super easy to replace rotors/pads front or rear. You can do everything in about 4 hours (if it's your first time).
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    That is insanely high for rear pads! It's been said, but you can tackle this as a DIY for a fraction of that price.
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Thanks guys, when my fronts go out, I'll DIY.

    As a side note, it cost $734 in total for rear pads/rotors. =[
    An expensive lesson but a lesson nonetheless.

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    next time go after market ... for that price you could have done slotted rotors from ecstuning.com all around and new pads and done it yourself and still had plenty of money for beer lol
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    I work at Champion Audi, up to 2006 Brake Pads are covered as part of the warranty. I know 2006 is not covered, even though it has complimentary service up to 50K because I need new front rotors and brake pads all around and I will be paying a tech on the side to replace them with Hawk Ceramics tomorrow. FYI - Front rotors retail for @$129 each and front pads are @$158 and rear rotors are @$100 each and rear pads run about @$100. That's about $700 in parts before labor. FYI- we charge close to $500 for rear pad and rotor replacement with tax and labor.

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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChampionV63.2 View Post
    I work at Champion Audi, up to 2006 Brake Pads are covered as part of the warranty. I know 2006 is not covered, even though it has complimentary service up to 50K because I need new front rotors and brake pads all around and I will be paying a tech on the side to replace them with Hawk Ceramics tomorrow. FYI - Front rotors retail for @$129 each and front pads are @$158 and rear rotors are @$100 each and rear pads run about @$100. That's about $700 in parts before labor. FYI- we charge close to $500 for rear pad and rotor replacement with tax and labor.
    Can you ask the tech if he's willing to do another set of front brakes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo3One View Post
    What year is your car? Dealership replaced the pads on my 2005.5 for free under warranty.

    Really Echo3One? I live in Santa Barbara and I took my car for service this morning at the local dealer. I have a Certified Pre-Owned 2006 Audi A4 2.0 with 32,000 miles. He asked me $470 to change the pads (I am supposed to have free maintenance until 50,000 miles), and he also said that a part of the engine is leaking and that is also not covered by the warranty.

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    do it yourself....
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    Re: Noob. Cost to replace brake pads at dealership.

    hey sorry to thread jack... but I really want to replace my brake pads and possibly rotors. I wouldn't mind switching to bigger brakes, but have stock split spoke 17" wheels... wondering what options I have with the rotors (front and rear). I'll start with that, I don't want to start this to "which pads should I get" cuz I Know we will get a million opinion on that lol.

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    I figured out my question. My buddy told me about "cryo-freezing" rotors. He said they last a lot longer and spirited driver to spirited driver, I believe him. I'll check them out and let you guys know later on if it works as advertised or if it's just marketing BS.
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    my front pads and rotors were 500 at the dealer. so the rears should be less. All a rip off tho

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    I just priced out front pads and rotors for my B7 A4 and it was less than $200. $300 for labor is a nice mark-up for the dealership. I did find out my dealership is a tirerack affiliate so ppl go there to have their tires mounted. I can have mine done during my next service for $15/tire vs $25 (if I didn't buy my car there) which is about what ppl charge anyway ($15) around here so it's not a bad idea if anyone has to do that and uses that website.

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