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Old 08-22-2007, 07:49 PM   #1
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Front brake questions

Hi, my friend has a 911, he just got the front brake pad job done by the dealer.
cost him $1895. only the front brake job itself cost around $1200.
my 97 boxster needs the front brake soon. will it cost that much to get it done?
or I can just get the pads and find a outside guy to do it?
how much for the OEM pads cost? is it a hard job to do? or maybe just like other cars?
do I have to replace the brake sensor at the same time or I can just don't bother?

if I go do it outside the dealer, what do I need to be careful?
Please let me know
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:53 PM   #2
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$1895 for pads, your friends a idiot to pay that just for pads, must have been something else
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:59 PM   #3
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Please define "brake job" Was it new pads? Was it new front rotors and pads?
Was it new calipers? Was there a brake fluid flush? What year/model 911? PCCBs?

Also consider that a dealer likely charges what, $100/hr?

If you have a few tools, and a desire to learn, you could do it yourself for a lot less.

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Old 08-22-2007, 08:47 PM   #4
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The only way I could conceive a dealer charging that much would be for a car with PCCBs.

On your Boxster, expect front pads between $100-$180, and due to them being Brembo's, you can swap pads extremely quickly and easily, or pay a shop an hour's time to do it for you. If you need rotors as well, tack on another $250 roughly.

Front rotors, pads, fluid flush, and labor should be under $600, even at the dealer.

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Old 08-29-2007, 08:47 PM   #5
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I just checked my friend's bill

the job for his 2001 911 was including the pads and rotor. but $175 an hour in NYC's Porsche dealer. the pads itself cost around $180.
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:18 AM   #6
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Your friend got ripped off if the only parts installed were pads and rotors. Even with fluid flush, sounds like they charged for 5-6 hours of labor which is way too much.
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Old 09-02-2007, 12:40 PM   #7
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^ What he said...your friend got killed on labor/parts. I will do my brakes for a fraction of that and they are exactly the same brakes. If you don't mind getting your hands a little dirty and knowing your car a bit better do it yourself.
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Old 09-02-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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I was just quoted 1100 dollars for front rotors and pads only on a Box S from the local dealer.

I got the parts plus a Motive brake bleeder and fluid for a little more than half of that from Pelican Parts in the last week or so. But 600 dollars for all this from a dealer?? Not sure how that's possible.

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