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Old 12-10-2009, 11:20 AM   #1
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Default dealer overestimate on brake pad replacement?

not sure if its just me, but it seems that for an estimate to replace brake pads at the local dealer costs 2500 bucks. is that right? im better off upgrading to bigger brakes.
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:23 AM   #2
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Is that a typo or you must have misheard them. $2500 for a brake job?
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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WAT!?!

That has to be a typo on your part or the dealer's.

That must be $250. If so, that's about right for having someone else do the job for front and back. I'd just do it myself, as it is pretty easy and a good starting point for novice mechanics. If you do have them do it, that's not cheap, but it's not outrageous, either.
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:25 AM   #4
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does that include a gallon of vasoline?
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:30 AM   #5
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does that include a gallon of vasoline?
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:37 AM   #6
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$2-300 for new pads, $100 for resurfacing the rotors, and a few hours of your time is all it takes.
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:40 AM   #7
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im reading some paper layout of the estimate, i didnt hear them wrong. i wish i had, but it is true. but a few minutes ago i called another dealer an hour away and they said it would cost about 1 grand, 400 something for the pads and rotors, but they have to do something to the rotors for it to fit (some special cutting), and of course, the labor.

it sounds a lot better then 2500, but its still pricy. im going to call other dealers. im willing to drive to a dealer with honest prices a few hundred miles away then pay these crooks 5 mins away.
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:40 AM   #8
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If they quoted you on all new OEM brakes than that would be pretty standard. The STI pads and rotors are ridiculously expensive. We offer Hawk Pads and DBA Rotors at a fraction of the cost of Subaru/Brembo OEM stuff. Aftermarket is really the way to go on these unless it's covered under warranty...which it very well should be if you are under 3yr/36k.


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Old 12-10-2009, 11:47 AM   #9
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:53 AM   #10
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:57 AM   #11
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Where are you? A local may be willing to help.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:01 PM   #12
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If you can't do it yourself, pay a local. Brakes are too easy to not do yourself. For $2500 I'll fly out and put almost any pad and rotor on you want!
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:07 PM   #13
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Like was said above, OEM brakes for an STI are INSANE expensive, but I dont think its more than @$1500-1600 in parts. I want to say its about that much, figure in at worst 3 hours in labor, and that still seems 200-300 high.



There is a reason I sell a TON of stoptech/powerslot rotors and Hawk HPS pads.


I second JohnnyCs offer. Heck give me $1500 and Ill fly out with the parts, install them, bed them in, flush your brake fluid and wash your car
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:13 PM   #14
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Like was said above, OEM brakes for an STI are INSANE expensive, but I dont think its more than @$1500-1600 in parts. I want to say its about that much, figure in at worst 3 hours in labor, and that still seems 200-300 high.
This. If OP seems to think $1000 is high, then I think he is in for a surprise.
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:22 PM   #15
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Like was said above, OEM brakes for an STI are INSANE expensive, but I dont think its more than @$1500-1600 in parts. I want to say its about that much, figure in at worst 3 hours in labor, and that still seems 200-300 high.



There is a reason I sell a TON of stoptech/powerslot rotors and Hawk HPS pads.


I second JohnnyCs offer. Heck give me $1500 and Ill fly out with the parts, install them, bed them in, flush your brake fluid and wash your car


Agreed, the labor still seems high but not completely out of line from what I have seen some dealers charge. Generally speaking, a dealer will always have higher labor than a local performance shop. We actually offer a discounted rate at our dealership for all performance part installs to be more competitive against local shops.
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:53 PM   #16
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Heck give me $1500 and Ill fly out with the parts, install them, bed them in, flush your brake fluid and wash your car
How much to just fly out and wash my car?
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:06 PM   #17
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I dunno, it might be easier for you to take it to the dealer and have them do it...I'm feeling pretty defeated right now after attempting my own brakes...Was going to replace the stock pads, rotors, and brake lines with some DBA 4000 rotors, Hawk race pads, and Stoptech SS brake lines. There were quite a few bolts I couldn't break lose and my friend, who is literally a miniature Hulk couldn't break them loose either so I called it quits and just left everything stock. I'm sure I'll tackle it again, but I'm driving all the way to San Antonio this weekend, so it'll have to wait.
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:10 PM   #18
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Let me guess...Stevens Creek Subaru?

You should really avoid those guys like the plague. Go over to i-club and hang out on-line, then go to a meet or two. Plenty of helpful folks over there who will help you out.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:17 PM   #19
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I dunno, it might be easier for you to take it to the dealer and have them do it...I'm feeling pretty defeated right now after attempting my own brakes...Was going to replace the stock pads, rotors, and brake lines with some DBA 4000 rotors, Hawk race pads, and Stoptech SS brake lines. There were quite a few bolts I couldn't break lose and my friend, who is literally a miniature Hulk couldn't break them loose either so I called it quits and just left everything stock. I'm sure I'll tackle it again, but I'm driving all the way to San Antonio this weekend, so it'll have to wait.
I'm sure we'll be able to get it. We have a few fatties in our group, and more than a few breaker bars and cheater pipes
Was it the bottom strut bolt? That one gave me some issues, but with a breaker on the bolt, a breaker on the nut, and some screaming, it broke loose.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:29 PM   #20
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:41 PM   #21
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I'm sure we'll be able to get it. We have a few fatties in our group, and more than a few breaker bars and cheater pipes
Was it the bottom strut bolt? That one gave me some issues, but with a breaker on the bolt, a breaker on the nut, and some screaming, it broke loose.
Strut bolt for pads/rotors/lines?
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:53 PM   #23
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Yeah, things like rebuilding a motor, trans, etc should be left to someone with knowledge, experience, and correct machinery. Changing your motor/trans oil, brakes, things like that, are too simple for you to not do, and still shouldn't be left to the over-paid monkeys at a dealership.

Even if you've never done something before, but are willing to try, i'm sure it'd be easy to find a local on here or a friend that has done it before plenty, and would be willing to watch and point out how to do it if anything. Food/drink are also cheap and effective persuaders.

Brakes are perhaps the most important part of your car, and I would never let anyone else do them. It take away confidence in my car. When i do things, i know they're done right, and i take all the responsibility if i mess up. Easier to be mad at myself than someone else.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:50 PM   #24
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If your rotors are still within spec, it takes ~15min just to change the pads after the wheels are off. All you really need is a pair of needle nose pliers and a flat head screwdriver. Calipers don't have to come off. Two hair pins and two pins and the pads slide out the top of the caliper. Take out the pins and use the flat head to pry the pistons back into the caliper.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:53 PM   #25
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Maybe theyre expecting the bolts in teh calipers to be seized and theyll have to replace the calipers?
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