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    Thread: $400 for Rear Rotor & Pad Replacement ?

    1. 06-12-2012 09:31 PM #1
      Hey guys,

      So at my last oil change my dealer told me I needed to get my rear brakes changed (both pads and rotors). He said I had about 2k miles left on the pads, so I opted to wait on them. Out of curiosity I asked how much he would charge for the job, and he quoted me $400.

      Well, it's now time to replace them. Just wondering how much you all would pay/have paid to have someone else do this work. Am I being taken for a ride? If you have any shop recommendations on Long Island, would gladly give you/your friend/your mechanic the business.

      Here are the stats:

      2008 VW Jetta Wolfsburg Ed
      55,500 miles
      Rear brakes (pads only) changed at 35k

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      06-12-2012 09:44 PM #2
      you're being taken. if you follow some of the tutorials on the site, you can easily do it yourself and save hundreds of dollars. pads are easy, the rotors slightly more difficult.
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    3. 06-12-2012 09:47 PM #3
      Thanks for reply, figured as much.

      Unfortunately due to time/space constraints I don't have the ability to do this myself...

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      06-12-2012 10:32 PM #4
      Any service performed at the dealer will be too expensive. Get a quote from an independent shop if you're not up for doing it yourself.

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      06-12-2012 10:32 PM #5
      Rotor replacement is pretty straight forward, but those triple squares are a huge pain in the ***.

      Pads... so easy a caveman could do it.

      The only tool out of the ordinary you would need is a 14mm triple square.

      Pads and rotors are $70 from Pep Boys.

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      06-13-2012 12:16 AM #6
      Pads and rotors are INCREDIBLY easy, plus there is a great DIY on here if you need that too. And if I remember correctly, you only need the triple square to get the front calipers off. It's been a while since I did mine, so that may be wrong. I remember the rear rotors and pads being cake versus doing the front ones. I have an 07 Jetta 2.5, and I could swear the rears didn't need the triple square...

      I'd find a local shop and see if someone can do it cheaper. $400 is a bit much, even for VW.

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      06-13-2012 12:40 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Ferd Burfel View Post
      Pads and rotors are INCREDIBLY easy, plus there is a great DIY on here if you need that too. And if I remember correctly, you only need the triple square to get the front calipers off. It's been a while since I did mine, so that may be wrong. I remember the rear rotors and pads being cake versus doing the front ones. I have an 07 Jetta 2.5, and I could swear the rears didn't need the triple square...

      I'd find a local shop and see if someone can do it cheaper. $400 is a bit much, even for VW.
      Rears need the 14mm triple square.

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      06-13-2012 12:47 AM #9
      If you can jack up your car and take the wheel off then you can handle brake pads and rotor.

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      06-13-2012 12:50 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by PSU View Post
      X2. This is the one I used. And I yield to you on triple square knowledge PSU,

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      06-13-2012 01:43 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Ferd Burfel View Post
      X2. This is the one I used. And I yield to you on triple square knowledge PSU,
      The only reason I knew is because I just did it.

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      06-13-2012 07:43 AM #12
      that is actually a very reasonable price from a dealer ship considering oem parts alone are going to be around $250. as much as everyone says the dealer is a bunch of crooks it is a job and we need to make a living also
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      06-13-2012 08:17 AM #13
      When I was doing my brakes the problem I ran into was finding that God forsaken triple square. The dealer wanted 400 as well so I found a "Euro" car shop and they did it for 150 out the door. Might be worth calling around, stay away from Brakes For Less and Jiffy Lube type places, they'll front you with a low number and it always ends up doubling.

    14. 06-13-2012 08:22 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by .:saturNine:. View Post
      you're being taken. if you follow some of the tutorials on the site, you can easily do it yourself and save hundreds of dollars. pads are easy, the rotors slightly more difficult.
      No, that's what you'd expect to pay for pads, new rotors and labor if a dealer is doing the work. ALL brake work not done DIY Is a rip off.

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      06-13-2012 08:34 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by 02GTI-VR6-same1 View Post
      ...ALL brake work not done DIY Is a rip off.
      Truth.

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      06-13-2012 08:47 AM #16
      why does everyone keep talking about doing it yourself when the OP said he can't? my gf paid around $550 total for all four rotors + pads to be done at a reputable shop (not the dealer), and this included parts.

      rear rotors and pads are a very basic job, go find an independent VW shop and get a quote from them. throw a set of Hawk HPS pads on the car while you're at it, they have better stopping power than OEM pads and virtually no dust. and i think they probably cost less than OEM too. stock rotors are fine, any of the zimmerman aftermarket rotors are still considered to be OEM so no real difference here.

      if you go to the dealer you'll probably spend around $150 more than you would elsewhere.
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      06-13-2012 09:42 AM #17
      Go to your regional forum and find someone there to do it.
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      06-13-2012 06:22 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by PSU View Post
      The only reason I knew is because I just did it.
      Yeah, it's been a good few months since I did them. And to the OP, if I can do them I know you can. I'm a computer guy, not a car guy. But with the knowledge of these guys and forum help, I've been able to do a good bit to my Jetta.

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