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#1881849 - 10/12/09 03:26 PM $700 for a brake job?
silverfrost1 Offline

Registered: 04/19/06
Posts: 804
Loc: Connecticut
All four brakes, inspect, and replace pads, measure rotors for machining. Total $700. And that is not a dealership. I feel sick, but the car has had no brake service in 30,000 miles.
2000 CVPI; 3.55 axle; former LAPD plain wrap; 132,500 miles

#1881855 - 10/12/09 03:30 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: silverfrost1]
D-Fenz Offline


Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 5963
Loc: Free America (WV)
That sounds kind of steep, is this some chain place or a private mechanic?
2011 Black CVPI-Charlie Murphy II, 113K miles, Gray Interior, Fog Lights, Working Shotgun Release, 3.27 RAR.

2005 CVPI-Rick James-SOLD
2000 Exploder-SOLD

2000 Volvo XC V70 AWD-The Shaggin Wagon-My current project

#1881860 - 10/12/09 03:37 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: D-Fenz]
prodigalson Offline
Over the Hill

Registered: 05/25/09
Posts: 3167
Loc: Cleveland, OH USA
Depends on the hourly labor rate. Machining rotors will mean more labor time, generally 1.3-1.5 hours per axle over a 1 hour brake job, but you save on parts. For non-performance pads both axles, I would guess somewhere in low to mid 500s is where you want to be. But again I don't know their rates or what parts they quoted you.
Permanently banned.

#1881868 - 10/12/09 03:46 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: prodigalson]
04clone Offline
The filthy seaman
Over the Hill

Registered: 04/21/08
Posts: 3156
Loc: Holiday, FL
Puttting brakes on a car is one of the easiest jobs to do. New pads and rotors on all corners should only be about 250 to 300 dollars total. Get a haynes manual and some basic hand tools and a c clamp and go out and do it yourself.
New Ride

#1881887 - 10/12/09 04:05 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: 04clone]
99GS Offline

Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 343
Loc: locust grove va
I think my diy brake job was around $400+ in parts, of course this was with hawk pads and drilled and slotted rotors.

The brakes are pretty awesome now for such a big boat.

The problem with DIY is there is almost always a snag of some sort, for me, I had a stuck rear rotor that I couldnt get off for a few hours, until a friend dropped off a huge sledge hammer to knock it off.

Edited by 99GS (10/12/09 04:07 PM)
99 GMQ GS - the FA1L Boat, 93k - wiring, bumper tuck, 21mm HPP rear sway, ENS bushings, 98 cvpi pcm, Hawk HPS, drilled/slotted rotors.

#1881889 - 10/12/09 04:08 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: 04clone]
Rengate Offline
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Registered: 02/19/09
Posts: 1136
Loc: central IL US 309-232-1942
WOW they are raking you over the coals on that deal. you should just do them yourself not that hard of a job, I know the local napa only charges 12 dollars to turn them if needed and pads cost less then 100 dollars for front and rear pads, so for less then 150, if they all need turned, you can do them yourself. and there are plenty of people here that would guide you thru the project if you need it.

#1881896 - 10/12/09 04:23 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: Rengate]
Ethan Offline

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 6310
Loc: Sherman Oaks, CA
Wow $700 is way too much. The place I went to charged $95 an axle for labor and new slotted rotors and performance pads were only $200 an axle. I'm sure if you got your own pars from rockauto or autozone or something it would be much less.
2006 Crown Vic SAP + 2005 Mustang GT

#1881940 - 10/12/09 05:42 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: silverfrost1]
mdnos Offline
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Registered: 08/28/09
Posts: 2064
Loc: not here any longer
When I had my 2001 P71 and had it at the local Ford dealer for a CEL due to a rusted or cracked gas filler tube, they pointed out that I needed front brakes and rotors and wanted $456.00 for just the fronts..I declined after getting raped to fix the gas filler tube and did the Autozone rotors and pads for like $190.00 and they worked just fine..I knew I wasn't going to be keeping the car long term so I didn't have a need to go with better quality parts or slotted/drilled rotors etc.. I would say do it yourself with the quality of parts you would prefer/afford. It's not difficult at all and as mentioned, plenty of very knowledgeable people here to help if need be...Wish I would have known about this forum while I had my p71.
Marauder, Trilogy supercharger, all supporting mods.

#1881945 - 10/12/09 05:48 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: mdnos]
Polak Offline

Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 71
Loc: North Jersey
Are you bringing in the Bentley for service?

That is very high. I've always done my own brakes and new rotors and pads shouldn't be over $200.

Go elsewhere. Someone is trying to rip you a new one.

2008 Crown Vic

#1881979 - 10/12/09 06:25 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: Ethan]
Darkmerc Offline

Registered: 12/26/08
Posts: 502
Loc: Toronto Canada
Machined rotors and new pads for $700? You got robbed and laughed at. No body touches my car until I get a quote, and then I want a window seat for the job being done. Anyways, that is way too much to resurfaced rotors and new pads.
95 CV HPP all stock for now

#1881987 - 10/12/09 06:34 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: Darkmerc]
04clone Offline
The filthy seaman
Over the Hill

Registered: 04/21/08
Posts: 3156
Loc: Holiday, FL
 Originally Posted By: Darkmerc
Machined rotors and new pads for $700? You got robbed and laughed at. No body touches my car until I get a quote, and then I want a window seat for the job being done. Anyways, that is way too much to resurfaced rotors and new pads.
I didn't read it that way. I really hope he didn't pay that much.
New Ride

#1882006 - 10/12/09 06:59 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: 04clone]
412CV Offline

Registered: 08/29/09
Posts: 172
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
were the said pads made of gold?
2000 Crown Victoria LX
Rust Spots and a lot of problems.
I still love her though.

#1882035 - 10/12/09 07:33 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: 412CV]
Crownvicman289 Offline

Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 5395
Loc: Colorado Springs, CO
Ass rape. You should make it a point to go back there and tell them to go [censored] themselves on your way to the parts store to do it yourself.

'92 P74 w/5.0 HO/GT-40P/T5 swap and bolt ons. '02 CVPI cut front springs/swaybar/brake swap, rear HPP bags/sway.

15.92@89mph, 2.4 60', 4700' elevation, 5500' DA.

#1882041 - 10/12/09 07:40 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: 412CV]
Zorin Offline
Over the Hill

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1586
Loc: Wichita, KS
When I used to work at garages, I heard this one all the time. In fact, ten years later, I STILL hear this.

One of the more notorious ones was JustBrakes. I used to love them. You could drive in a car that was still under warranty, expecting to get a "four-wheel friction reline" for 99 dollars, and inevitably, the service advisor would walk out with a very concerned frown, and give some sob story about how the calipers are moments from failing, the brake hoses are mere seconds from bursting, your brake pedal could flop against the carpet flatter than a week old Stroh's, and you would, without doubt, T Bone a busload of social workers.

Your 99 dollar brake job just got elevated to lofty, breathtaking figures, and either you had it done there, or you signed a waiver, or they sometimes would not let you take your own car somewhere else, citing a public safety concern.

Let me tell you, there's two things you should know here.

1. Brakes are the easiest thing to screw a customer on. There's no better way to get a credit card thrown down that to scare someone with the possibility of brake failure. Not only that, but you could look like a saint while you rob them blind.

2. Brakes are the easiest part of the car to fix yourself. Get a buddy, and you can rebuild your entire brake system on a Saturday afternoon, and if you do a little shopping, you can have the best , the very best on your car for less than the quoted price. You could have merely good for a mere fraction.

Go to the Tire Rack....see what you can get. I bought pads for my car there, bought them on closeout, spent 90 dollars for excellent ceramic pads at all four corners. Don't get screwed.

2004 Ford Police Interceptor

Street beat, and DIRT CHEAP!

#1882046 - 10/12/09 07:46 PM Re: $700 for a brake job? [Re: silverfrost1]
LTDteether Offline
Over the Hill

Registered: 07/19/02
Posts: 4452
Loc: Democratic Rep. of Southpaw
You only get 30K out of brakes? Do you race the thing on a track, or is this used for taxi service? I got nearly 100 on my rears and I drive in the city. Tires OTOH, I have a big problem with.

Edited by LTDteether (10/12/09 07:47 PM)
'99 GM GS HPP.
I may not be a rocket scientist, but I *am* a scientist.

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