I've been putting off replacing my brake pads and its about time I got it taken care of.
The dealership and a few other shops have told me that Audis need their rotors swapped out as well as the brake pads. The reason given to me today by the stealership was that the pads are so hard that they wear the rotors thin. For this reason, the rotors can't be machined/maintained the way most rotors are. The dealership quoted me 550 for the rears and 650 for the fronts.
I'm not spending $1200 to simply maintain my brakes. However, I would spend that kind of money if I thought I was getting improved stopping power etc.
First question: If I'm doing brakes and rotors, what aftermarket solution do you recommend? My car is chipped, and I drive her hard, but never the track, so I definitely don't need the BEST. Just a moderate improvement.
Second question: Does anyone know a reputable shop in Seattle that can do the install for me (or, for an added bonus, sell me the rotors/pads)?
I realize I've left calipers and other brake components out of this equation. If they're necessary, let me know. If there are solutions I'm not seeing, let me know.