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Hi, my mechanic just gave me an estimate on my Mazda 3 for a brake repair job. He recommends pads and rotors replaced, front and back: $800.00; if I change the calipers all around, $1700.00. Is this a resonable price? I don't see the need to change the caliper just in case they might seize up down the road. I really find this to be an over the top quote; opinions?
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Re: shocking brake repair estimate!

Wow, what a rip off. There should be no need to change the calipers. Brake pads and rotors should cost no more than $400 all around if you are just replacing with OEM replacements.

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Re: shocking brake repair estimate!

Find another mechanic. How many miles do you have on your car? If it is time to have some brake work done, what kind of driving do you do? A top of the line set of performance rotors, pads, lines and fluid should be around 700 bucks just for parts. Even for an everyday street performance package you're lookin at around 400 bucks meaning standard parts should cost you way less than that quote you were given. Having your rotors, pads, and fluid changed should take about 3 hours of labor, factor that in with your local shop rates.


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[quote author=justint5387 link=topic=159497.msg3387195#msg3387195 date=1256586576]
Wow, what a rip off. There should be no need to change the calipers. Brake pads and rotors should cost no more than $400 all around if you are just replacing with OEM replacements.
[/quote]My friends mechanic gave me a quote just now: pads and rotors: ceramic $550., metal $450. tax and labor incl. this seems much better, don't you think?
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Re: shocking brake repair estimate!

Do you have some basic tool? Changing out the pads/ rotors is really easy and won't even require bleeding the brakes.
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Re: shocking brake repair estimate!

[quote author=blaster1985 link=topic=159497.msg3387187#msg3387187 date=1256586345]
Hi, my mechanic just gave me an estimate on my Mazda 3 for a brake repair job. He recommends pads and rotors replaced, front and back: $800.00; if I change the calipers all around, $1700.00. Is this a resonable price? I don't see the need to change the caliper just in case they might seize up down the road. I really find this to be an over the top quote; opinions?
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tell him GO FUCK YOURSELF and just walk out..


[quote author=icspots link=topic=159497.msg3387326#msg3387326 date=1256592061]
Do you have some basic tool? Changing out the pads/ rotors is really easy and won't even require bleeding the brakes.
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i do agree, its a much better option to learn how to do it urself
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Re: shocking brake repair estimate!

OP, what's the reason for the brake replacement anyway? Are you getting squealing or grinding? Vibration when braking? decreased performance? It's possible that whatever is wrong isn't necessarily wrong with all of the brakes. I replaced my rear pads/rotors as they were down all the way to the backing plate, however with 65k on the clock my fronts are still fine. It's possible that the mechanic is just inflating the cost for his benefit..... Actually I can garauntee it since he wants you to replace the calipers "just in case" on a car that physically can't be older than six years.
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rotors shouldn't need changing. just get them turned if they are worn... otherwise just change the pads.

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Re: shocking brake repair estimate!

not true, you should know well. The early cars love to dust up ALOT in the rears and they eat up the rotors pretty fast. i'm at 45k and I'm already at the backing plate and my rear pads are going.

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Re: shocking brake repair estimate!

yeah but the rotors are still fine... ive been through a set of pads already and had no scoring on the rears. im pretty sure the rears dust a lot because they aren't releasing all the way. i get a squeek at low speed, but if i touch the ebrake handle and move it like 2 clicks it stops... also everyone knows the rear pistons are a pain to compress

but yeah i dont see why you would need new rotors unless you've been through several sets of pads or you are tracking the car...

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