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Old 10-24-2004, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently had my 540i serviced at a Houston BMW dealership because my check brake lite turned on. The service technician insisted I had to change my front rotors with my brake pads (linings). They service center charged about $800 USD. Is this typical, even after having an Inspection II service about 2 months ago? This is a 1999 Certified 540i I purchased November of last year.

Should my bills have added up so quickly and expensively within the first year of owning a Certified PreOwned BMW?
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Originally posted by MexiMule@Oct 24 2004, 10:07 PM
I recently had my 540i serviced at a Houston BMW dealership because my check brake lite turned on. The service technician insisted I had to change my front rotors with my brake pads (linings). They service center charged about $800 USD. Is this typical, even after having an Inspection II service about 2 months ago? This is a 1999 Certified 540i I purchased November of last year.

Should my bills have added up so quickly and expensively within the first year of owning a Certified PreOwned BMW?
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I am not sure about your situation, but I'll tell You what happened to my brother. He has a 2000 Vw Golf Gls, went to the dealership for some service. The technician told him that he needs new rotors and pads for rear wheels. At that point car had about 25000 miles on it. Front pads and rotors never changed and were fine. So obviously the technician was trying to take him for a ride. As far as Your car, i think that if the car was certified, the dealership should change oil and brakes before they sold the car to You. Other thing, if You didn't feel any virbration from steering wheel when braking, mostlikely You didn't need new rotors. I hope this answered Your question if not feel free to ask
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No justification to pay $800 for brake job. Even if the tech. was right about your rotors you should and can get them for about $55-$75 a piece plus about $55 for pads--depending on where you buy them. At this point you can do it yourself and/or a mechanic. The quality? as good as the dealer's
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No justification to pay $800 for brake job. Even if the tech. was right about your rotors you should and can get them for about $55-$75 a piece plus about $55 for pads--depending on where you buy them. At this point you can do it yourself and/or a mechanic. The quality? as good as the dealer's
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Originally posted by fly gti+Oct 24 2004, 10:16 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(fly gti @ Oct 24 2004, 10:16 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-MexiMule@Oct 24 2004, 10:07 PM
I recently had my 540i serviced at a Houston BMW dealership because my check brake lite turned on. The service technician insisted I had to change my front rotors with my brake pads (linings). They service center charged about $800 USD. Is this typical, even after having an Inspection II service about 2 months ago? This is a 1999 Certified 540i I purchased November of last year.

Should my bills have added up so quickly and expensively within the first year of owning a Certified PreOwned BMW?
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I am not sure about your situation, but I'll tell You what happened to my brother. He has a 2000 Vw Golf Gls, went to the dealership for some service. The technician told him that he needs new rotors and pads for rear wheels. At that point car had about 25000 miles on it. Front pads and rotors never changed and were fine. So obviously the technician was trying to take him for a ride. As far as Your car, i think that if the car was certified, the dealership should change oil and brakes before they sold the car to You. Other thing, if You didn't feel any virbration from steering wheel when braking, mostlikely You didn't need new rotors. I hope this answered Your question if not feel free to ask
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Old 10-25-2004, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I just replaced mine recently
pads: $55
slotted rotors: $220
labor: $100
total: $375

Rotors on beamers wear faster than your typical car....

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