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Old 12-15-2004, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a flat the other day and went to this tire place to get some new ones (I was due for some new ones anyway). So the mechanic shows me that the front brake pads are really low (and they were). Although, the sensor has not come on yet (go figure). He also said that the rotors are too thin and need to be replaced. Here is how he broke down the cost:

Front Brake Pads: $70 (for the pair)
Front Rotors: $120 (for both)
New Sensor: $12 each
Labor: $97

For a grand total of $311!! This is just for the front brakes.

He also said that the two front auxilary arm bushings are broken. But I will save that for another post.

Basically, I wanted to know if these prices are way out of line (like I suspect they might be). I also want to know how to go about buying the genuine BMW parts on my own (avoiding the inevitable markup from the mechanic) and then taking them to someone to do the labor. I don't know what brake pads BMW recommends. Ideally, I would like to buy the break pads that I would get if I took my car to a BMW dealership to be serviced.

Oh! I should mention that I have a 2001 BMW 325I sedan.

Many thanks for any and all input!!
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Old 12-15-2004, 10:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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brake pads:

http://catalog.eautopartscatalog.com/tayco...ation=000435519

brake rotors:

http://catalog.eautopartscatalog.com/tayco...ation=000435525

Brake sensors:
If sensors didn't trigger light on the dash, then they can be reused, if removed carefully.

Also check out www.bavauto.com
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Old 12-16-2004, 12:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What would be the difference (besides the price) buying from BMW directly vs. buying from one of these sites. Are they selling the same thing?
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the prices you quate are about right, and similar to aftermarket. about non-oem parts: you have to be more specific they vary a lot in qulaity and performance.
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Send a message via AIM to catalyst.
Anything from bavauto is fine. Give them a call and theyll hook you up and answer and questions you might have.
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