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Price check- discs,pads, sensors and fitting

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Youstolemyname, 17 Oct 2009.

  1. Youstolemyname

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    The missus has been quoted £169 for new front discs,pads and sensors inc fitting for her 325i. Is this a fair price?

    She was getting lots of vibration through the steering wheel on braking at high speeds...

    Thanks for any advice :)
     
  2. [TW]Fox

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    Depends where the quote is from and what the parts are. I wouldn't pay an independant £170 to replace my disks and pads as a BMW main dealer will do it, using genuine parts, for £229.
     
  3. Youstolemyname

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    was an independent 'specialist' on an E46- no idea on what make of parts.

    Thanks for that, food for thought.
     
  4. iaind

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    As Fox says, depends on the quality of the parts - I don't know about the BMW specifically but it doesnt sound extortionate - I was once quoted nearly £300 for the same job on my Mondeo! That would have been a rip off :)

    Ask for a breakdown of the parts and labour cost, I normally do - helps you find out how expensive it is as you can find the parts price online
     
  5. Youstolemyname

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    Thanks guys. We are both car repair virgins. I've had a company car all my life, which goes back in a few months and I think we are going to share the 325. The guy could have said it is £300 and neither of us would have had a clue...
     
  6. [TW]Fox

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    It's part of the new BMW Value Service range of national fixed prices. on an E46, front discs and pads are £229 and rear discs and pads are £199.
     
  7. Youstolemyname

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    For the sake of fifty quid it's probably worth going OEM route then I guess.
     
  8. stockhausen

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    The various responses here quote prices for replacing "disks and pads". The OP also referred to "sensors" - have you allowed for these and/or are these parts likely to be significantly more expensive to supply than possibly "generic" disks and pads?

    I ask because I believe that I will need to get the front disks and pads replaced before my next MOT.
     
  9. iaind

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    Would that not just be the pad wear sensors - part of the pad themselves?
     
  10. Lopéz

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    Sensors are just 2 short wires that come out of the pad. It increases the cost of the pad by a few pounds. Generic pads can be obtained with these too.
     
  11. [TW]Fox

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    BMW will replace these as well - they are inexpensive bits of metal which complete a circuit when the pad wears low to illuminate a light on the dash.