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Old 11-12-2010, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I have a 2006 Forester with about 77k on it. I took it in for an oil change today and they always inspect the brakes for me. They told me I needed to replace the front pads and rotors...for a total of $442 + tax. (I'm in Akron, OH)

This just seems over-priced to me. The rotors alone are $300. Is this right. What have you recently paid?
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Hi I have a 2006 Forester with about 77k on it. I took it in for an oil change today and they always inspectthe brakes for me. They told me I needed to replace the front pads and rotors...for a total of $442 + tax. (I'm in Akron, OH)

This just seems over-priced to me. The rotors alone are $300. Is this right. What have you recently paid?

$300 @ rotor ? Are they made from gold ? Yikes. Are these dealer prices ? I buy the cheap rotors, $30 each and they work perfectly fine. Pads can cost anywhere from $100-$300 for a set but I'd say under $200 will get you something good.

Try this place for parts, they've hooked me up in the past , the prices are great & so is the service

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On average about 200$ with labor and tax. Your quote is ridiculous.
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Insane. Especially since you can usually turn them down once. I just had rears put on my 01 Nissan for 120 bucks. Rotors were turned down.
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Front rotors at autozone are ~$30 each part number 34203

Front pads are ~$25-40 depending on the grade of pad you choose.

Labor shouldn't be any more then 1/2hr to an 1hr.

A realistic shop quote should look some thing like:

QTY____item_____Price
2______rotor______$30ea
1______pad set ___$40

Labor:
1 hour at say $65hr(a typical independent shop labor rate)

Total:
~165 + tax and shop supplies.

Any thing over $200 I would say is out of line
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Performance rotors and pads can cost upwards of $400, but I am doubtful that they were quoting you on top grade stuff. Even so, that figure should get you ALL FOUR, NOT just the fronts. I paid just under $500 for a complete all around change to Sport Performance discs and ceramic pads earlier this year. Asking $442 for just the fronts is definitely a ripoff in the making.

As others have said, you can go real inexpensive with the Autozone stuff. Depending on how you drive, you probably will not even notice any difference between these and the higher priced kits from the well known brands.
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Hi I have a 2006 Forester with about 77k on it. I took it in for an oil change today and they always inspect the brakes for me. They told me I needed to replace the front pads and rotors...for a total of $442 + tax. (I'm in Akron, OH)

This just seems over-priced to me. The rotors alone are $300. Is this right. What have you recently paid?
$300 for the two regular ol' front rotors is insane, IMHO. The MSRP for front rotors from Subaru is $98 each, and your mechanic should be able to get them for considerably less. Wholesale prices at Autoworld start at ~$16 and go up.

On the other hand, $142 for the front pads and labor isn't too bad, again IMHO. So, if you get your mechanic to get realistic on the rotors (i.e., under $150), then a total of ~$292 + tax for Subaru parts, labor, shop overhead, etc. would probably be fair.

I would agree that the price for this job using third party parts should be in the $200 range. However, I suspect that it would be very difficult to find that price.

Again, just my opinion.

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No reason it should be difficult to find that price at a honest shop. Most small independent shops buy their parts from the same stores we do(NAPA, AutoZone.....). They do however buy these parts at "trade prices", Say they have an account at NAPA set up as I do. They typically pay 10% -20% over(or 10% - 30% off retail) NAPAs cost for their parts. This allows them to make a profit by selling them at retail to you when they do the work on your car.

The issue rise when you get a dis-honest shop that buys 3rd party parts to use on your car and then charges you OEM retail price or any price in between that of the 3rd party retail and OEM retail.

My cost at NAPA on my account.

Mid grade ceramic pad set(both sides = set)
part# TS TS7830X my cost $26.42, retail $30.59

NAPAs premium rotor each
part# NB 48880141 my cost $26.13, retail $36.04

So by comparison if they were doing it on my NAPA account.
They would pay, $78.68 in parts
They charge you $102.67
For a profit of $23.99 in parts

There is no reason a simple pad and rotor swap on a Forester should take more then an hour in a shop setting with a hoist. Shop rate vary widely from $45-100+ in most areas with the typical average being $65-75 an hour.

What I would expect a honest bill to look like at a honest shop.

Mid grade ceramic pad set(both sides = set)
part# TS TS7830X retail $30.59 QTY 1

NAPAs premium rotor each
part# NB 48880141 retail $36.04 QTY 2

shop supplies(typically + 10% of parts total, this covers consumable items like anti-seize, rags, brake clean, grease...)
$10.27

Labor 1hr @ $65hr

Total $177.94 plus tax

This is quoted with choosing what I would expect the vast majority of people to go with. There are more expensive options for rotors and pads. However, IMHO unless you are spending time on a track you wont see any benefit from higher end rotors. Some pads last longer then others and squeak more then others, which in my mind on a daily driver is the only reason I would run some of the higher end pad, would be to get one that doesn't squeak or disappear in 10K. However a high price doesn't mean they are always better, I have had $100+ pads be completely annoying.
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My perspective is probably somewhat warped by local auto labor rates in the Washington, D.C. area. My oldest son is a mechanic at a small northern Virgina auto repair chain, and his shop's published labor rate is ~$121/hr. Applying a book rate of 1.5 hours/axle for a brake job ends up pushing $182 just for labor.

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I use to live in Akron when I attended the UofA.

There is a trustworthy auto repair shop, Akron Auto Parts and Service, a block from my old place at the southeast corner of Brown St. and E. Thornton St. ~1/2-mile south of the University. Take your car there and get a quote and I'll bet you'll see a BIG difference between the your original quote and what they give you. They do great work at reasonable costs, trust me on this one.
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