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      07-17-2018, 11:27 AM   #1
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2013 X3 35i - What to pay for brakes and rotors?

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Car is off warranty so took it to a local indy (never been there before), says brakes need doing, i guess they are due but it only has 60,000KM (40,000 miles).

Assuming they do need doing, he wants a little over $1,400 for the job, seems excessive to me or am I just being a little ignorant here?

What have you paid in the past and do you always go with OEM parts from BMW?

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      07-17-2018, 11:35 AM   #2
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My guess would be that the OEM stuff is just really spendy. It's hard to say without a brake down of that quote though. Pads? Rotors? Caliper work? Bleeding? Flushing?

If you're out of warranty, I'd look at nicer aftermarket stuff. I imagine you could find good rotors and pads for $600 for all those parts. Labor shouldn't be horrible.
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      07-17-2018, 11:47 AM   #3
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Pads $382
Rotors: $714
Front sensor: $36
Brake Fluid: $22
Labour: $435

= 1,588 - $150 "new customer discount".

All numbers include taxes.
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      07-17-2018, 11:51 AM   #4
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sounds right for BMW OE parts. You can save a lot by buying non OE parts. Check RockAuto for non-OE parts. Guessing will be ~$700 for parts.
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      07-17-2018, 11:58 AM   #5
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Pads $382
Rotors: $714
Front sensor: $36
Brake Fluid: $22
Labour: $435

= 1,588 - $150 "new customer discount".

All numbers include taxes.
For OEM at a dealer none of that looks crazy.

Rotors/pads/bleed is a pretty easy home job, so I'd want to do that myself, personally. You could get that done at home for less than half of that. I'd call a local shop (non dealer) and see what they'd want. None of this labor is weird or BMW specific, so any repair shop could do it.
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      07-17-2018, 12:13 PM   #6
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Nah this was from an Indy, not a dealer, not sure if he is using OEM parts either, i suspect not.

Any recommended or "Avoid" for aftermarket?

I see Textar, Zimmerman,Wagner, TRW, Raybestos ... thoughts?
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      07-17-2018, 01:02 PM   #7
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Pads $382
Rotors: $714
Front sensor: $36
Brake Fluid: $22
Labour: $435

= 1,588 - $150 "new customer discount".

All numbers include taxes.
$382 for pads! $700 for rotors!

Good lord, that's insane!

Buy your own parts from reputable online retailer and find an indy to install (or install yourself) It's not hard.
Any of those brands are fine. I personally use the better grade centric coated rotors on all our cars. Well under $100 each. Not sure which pads are good yet, I need research to get some lower dust ones for my 335i.
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      07-17-2018, 01:55 PM   #8
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Ok I can source those parts locally for about $650 under those brand names, if y'all are good with those brands then i will go that route.
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      07-17-2018, 02:26 PM   #9
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Nah this was from an Indy, not a dealer, not sure if he is using OEM parts either, i suspect not.

Any recommended or "Avoid" for aftermarket?

I see Textar, Zimmerman,Wagner, TRW, Raybestos ... thoughts?
As I understand, BMW OEM are just repackaged Textar pads. I liked OEM for stopping power, but could not stand heavy dusting of them.

I switched to Akebono - no dusting, but stopping power is very different -lacking initial bite, so I need to "work" more to stop car predictably.

Once Akebono wears out, I will probably switch back to OEM - I do miss the way they stop.
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I've been using EBC pad and rotor kits on my cars lately. They're great quality and super inexpensive. For the X3 front, there's EBC S12KF1521 (Redstuff pads) S13KF1803 (Yellowstuff pads). For the rear, S12KR1378 (Red) and S13KR1503 (Yellow). Should be able to pick up pads and rotors for all four corners for less than $500 if you shop online for good prices with free shipping. Then pay an indy to install it all. BTW, if the sensors haven't been triggered by being worn through, they can be reused.
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Thanks for the feedback, really appreciate it.

I can get Textar pads for 60% of the price quoted me this morning
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      07-17-2018, 02:51 PM   #12
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OP, last few runs I've gotten my maintenance items from Germanparts.ca - they carry the typical OEMs. I believe it`s Textar, TRW, Zimmerman, and Brembo for the BMWs.
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OP, last few runs I've gotten my maintenance items from Germanparts.ca - they carry the typical OEMs. I believe it`s Textar, TRW, Zimmerman, and Brembo for the BMWs.
this is where I am looking. Ok so you're good with that vendor and their parts? The prices are yeah, a SOLID 40% less than the numbers I saw this morning.
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Still $743 just for the freaking off brand parts.

Jesus, my bloody Saab is way cheaper to service.
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I just did the fronts on my X3 35i and bought parts from TDot Performance. Went with EBC rotors (RK1808) and EBC Redstuff pads (DP32105C)
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Yeah that's where i am seeing $750.
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Hmm not sure which thread to reply to. Anyhow - you don't necessarily have to replace the rotors. They can be turned down, and a shop that knows what they are doing (it's not a tough job) can do it correctly. It'll give you a good clean surface for the new pads. You will want to check minimum thicknesses first but unless you currently have a problem will probably be OK.

For my Ford Ranger or old Eclipse I'd just get new rotors since they were like $30 - $50 each. At $700 I think I'd look into some other options.

Maybe you need new ones but - maybe not.
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I figured brakes wouldn’t be cheap for this car. My mazdaspeed 3 was only $540 for a stop tech brake kit. Rotors and pads, got stainless lines for 80
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Autoanything is a good site
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this is where I am looking. Ok so you're good with that vendor and their parts? The prices are yeah, a SOLID 40% less than the numbers I saw this morning.
yeah, also they do have a physical store near Finch/400.

I do echo the other comments here that you should physically/visually inspect the rotors and pads and determine what you really need.

We did have to do brake pads at all four @ 40,000km but not rotors. I believe we got TRWs, which now seem to be glazed at the rear as there's a lot of squeal recently but they still appear to have plenty of life.

no issues with performance though.
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$382 for pads! $700 for rotors!

Good lord, that's insane!

Buy your own parts from reputable online retailer and find an indy to install (or install yourself) It's not hard.
Any of those brands are fine. I personally use the better grade centric coated rotors on all our cars. Well under $100 each. Not sure which pads are good yet, I need research to get some lower dust ones for my 335i.
These prices are likely CAD and, IMO, pretty reasonable.

Including labor, I think anything between $900-$1300 USD is what I'd expect.
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