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    Thread: Yukon XL brake pads & rotor cost...WOW

    1. Member Phil Pugliese's Avatar
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      06-21-2012 11:51 AM #1
      We need brakes & rotors on the Yukon and was quoted 700 for the fronts and 700 for the rears..that sounds DAMN high. Anyone else know what a full-sized SUV's brakes should run?
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      06-21-2012 11:54 AM #2
      That does sound high. What size are the rotors?

      I'm not looking forward to the day I have to replace the pads and rotors on my 335. Good thing they last a long time.
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      06-21-2012 11:57 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
      We need brakes & rotors on the Yukon and was quoted 700 for the fronts and 700 for the rears..that sounds DAMN high. Anyone else know what a full-sized SUV's brakes should run?
      What year Yukon? Where's the quote from?

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      06-21-2012 11:58 AM #4
      Where was the quote from, dealer or independent?

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      06-21-2012 11:59 AM #5
      Seems high to me. RockAuto says ACDelco rotors are $58.79/ea for the front and $45.89/ea for the rear. Pads are about $40 per set.
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      06-21-2012 11:59 AM #6
      Maybe a little over half that.

      The rotors are similarly priced to the ones for my Honda Odyssey on rockauto. Yes it's a full size SUV, but Chevy/GMC trucks are some of the most common cars on the road, the parts are generally cheap. The pads aren't priced unusually high either.

      The labor rate should be low. The calipers are the standard sliding type based on the shape of the pads in the photos. The rotors are the floating type, the hubs don't have to come off to change them. It should be a totally standard brake job. If the shop is quoting you some sort of surcharge for trucks/SUVs, walk.
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      06-21-2012 11:59 AM #7
      Buy pads and rotors at NAPA, bring to independent shop to install. Save hundreds.

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      06-21-2012 12:01 PM #8
      GM brakes are the easiest to do. DIY for a fraction of that cost.

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      06-21-2012 12:03 PM #9
      Not sure of the size..it is a 2008 XL 1500 4wd.

      I am not a DIY guy with a job like this.

      The quote is from GMC dealer. I thought it was way high too.
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      06-21-2012 12:06 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by GrundleJumper View Post
      GM brakes are the easiest to do. DIY for a fraction of that cost.
      Yeah, DIY even changing all the little clips and springs and hardware would be around $200 per axle.

      I'd expect an indy shop to be in the $700-$1000 range depending on their parts markup and the labor rates in your area. $1400 has gotta be dealer rates.
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      06-21-2012 12:06 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      Maybe a little over half that.

      If the shop is quoting you some sort of surcharge for trucks/SUVs, walk.
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      $1400 is insane, imo.
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      06-21-2012 12:07 PM #12
      The garage must be including the replacement of the muffler bearings. Normally you don't have to replace those for a brake job.

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      06-21-2012 12:11 PM #13
      You think that is expensive. Typical dealer quote for a Touareg is $1000 to $1200 for front brakes (pads/rotors) alone.

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      06-21-2012 12:12 PM #14
      NAPA, Rotors are $50 each for Premium ($50 each rear, $40 each front)

      Ceramic front pads $26
      Ceramic rear pads $36

      Total cost $256 with tax.

      Brake cleaner and pin lube $5

      And two hours of your time and some

      And if you go to Advanced or AutoZone, most of the pads have a lifetime warranty. So bring them back, get new ones...free.
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      06-21-2012 12:13 PM #15
      i believe it. my dad just had his done all the way around on his 01 yukon xl 2500 at the dealer, $1200....

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      06-21-2012 12:13 PM #16
      OK..I an NOT going to do it myself. Any idea where I should take it..extra points if you know a place in Reno.
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    17. 06-21-2012 12:14 PM #17
      This must be a stealership quoting you.

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      06-21-2012 12:15 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
      OK..I an NOT going to do it myself. Any idea where I should take it..extra points if you know a place in Reno.
      Buy parts, find shady tree mechanic....two hours of labor at let's say $50-80 an hour. Should be able to find someone in Reno to do it cheap, hell probably could find someone to do it for a case of Busch and $20.
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      06-21-2012 12:17 PM #19
      Is there another chevy dealer in town? Better yet maybe a fleet dealer? If not that then find a goodyear gemini tire shop, tires plus, discount tire any of the chain places.

      GM uses ac delco stuff which is nearly the most readily accessible car equipment on the planet I'm sure one of those shops will be cheaper.
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    20. 06-21-2012 12:23 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfTango View Post
      Buy parts, find shady tree mechanic....two hours of labor at let's say $50-80 an hour. Should be able to find someone in Reno to do it cheap, hell probably could find someone to do it for a case of Busch and $20.
      ^^this dude, go buy all the parts have a indy shop do the work. Since its a really straight forward (easy) job you may have a friend that can knock it out in a couple hours, just buy him some and you're good.

      I have 02' Denali and I'm about to do this job myself.

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      06-21-2012 12:24 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
      OK..I an NOT going to do it myself. Any idea where I should take it..extra points if you know a place in Reno.

      Call Big-O-Tire. Ask them for a quote on a full brake job on a 2008 XL 1500 4wd. If you like the price, be sure to get a the name of the guy who quoted it and an appointment. If you don't like the price, continue to call around. A GM vehicle like this should be very straight forward for almost any shop. You aren't asking for a brake job on a Ferrari GT250 Berlinetta SWB afterall.

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      06-21-2012 12:32 PM #22
      I called Big 0 and they were over a $1K too. I am kinda new to the area and don't have any mechanic friends..(ski deals..connections..a ton there ) But this IS our second vehicle and I think if get the parts together..I should be able to round someone up. It sucks..when I sold cars back east, I would always have a parts/mechanic guy to do work after hours. I need to expand my social circle out here.

      Thanks for all the help so far...this is still the best car site out there.
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      06-21-2012 12:41 PM #23
      I run a indy shop and I would prob quote around 800. thats using all high quality parts.
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      06-21-2012 12:45 PM #24
      Normally I wouldn't recommend a mobile mechanic but since we are talking about the most remedial job you can do on a car it's probably just fine.

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      If it's a spare car just order your parts online and when they arrive call some of the listings until you find someone that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Lots of qualified techs do side work on the weekends to supplement their income. Dont be afraid to ask for qualifications - spending a few extra dollars on a guy that appears to be the most qualified will probably give you peace of mind.

      I browsed the ads a bit and this guy would be my first call - Gary the mobile mechanic
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      06-21-2012 12:57 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
      OK..I an NOT going to do it myself. Any idea where I should take it..extra points if you know a place in Reno.
      I honestly don't know your life situation, but why wouldn't you do it yourself? You can buy the tools and still save money. If its a second vehicle anyways, its no big deal if you mess something up.
      ^^ I probably have no idea what I'm talking about. ^^

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      06-21-2012 01:34 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by ..Derek.. View Post
      Normally I wouldn't recommend a mobile mechanic but since we are talking about the most remedial job you can do on a car it's probably just fine.

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      If it's a spare car just order your parts online and when they arrive call some of the listings until you find someone that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Lots of qualified techs do side work on the weekends to supplement their income. Dont be afraid to ask for qualifications - spending a few extra dollars on a guy that appears to be the most qualified will probably give you peace of mind.

      I browsed the ads a bit and this guy would be my first call - Gary the mobile mechanic
      Yup. Called him. Thanks for the help. Why I didn't check CL for this...D'oh. Gary is the first one I called too.
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      06-21-2012 01:37 PM #27
      can't do them yourself?

      rotors and pads are soooo easy.
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      06-21-2012 01:39 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post
      can't do them yourself?

      rotors and pads are soooo easy.
      Yes, we established this already.
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      06-21-2012 01:42 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfTango View Post
      Yes, we established this already.
      i know we did.

      doesn't mean i can't ask, now, does it?

      could've had a change of heart, or grew a sack and figured hey, it's worth a shot to save the $.
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      06-21-2012 01:43 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by mike_A3 View Post
      I honestly don't know your life situation, but why wouldn't you do it yourself? You can buy the tools and still save money. If its a second vehicle anyways, its no big deal if you mess something up.

      He can't even find a mechanic on his own. Probably better he isn't working on the brakes of his 2.5
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      06-21-2012 01:43 PM #31
      Why are people always surprised that parts for a $60,000 car are expensive?

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      06-21-2012 01:45 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by saron81 View Post
      Why are people always surprised that parts for a $60,000 car are expensive?
      But it is just a Chevy (GMC).


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      06-21-2012 01:46 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by saron81 View Post
      Why are people always surprised that parts for a $60,000 car are expensive?
      Because, underneath, it is very similar to a $20k one of these:
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      06-21-2012 01:49 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by saron81 View Post
      Why are people always surprised that parts for a $60,000 car are expensive?
      i get this all the time. People call in for a ring and pinion on their early 00's F350 dually and are shocked it's going to be $500+. Just because you paid 10k for the truck doesn't mean it uses cheap parts. There is a reason the truck was so expensive new.

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      06-21-2012 02:20 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post
      i know we did.

      doesn't mean i can't ask, now, does it?

      could've had a change of heart, or grew a sack and figured hey, it's worth a shot to save the $.
      Maybe someone not so mechanically inclined isn't interested in messing with the most important safety component on the car? you know, like common sense
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