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Been suffering reduced braking power since I reached 30k
miles. Had the brake fluid done as a precaution at 32k, but
that made little difference.

Brakes have been worse and worse, and today was the final
straw. Braking down from 140 there was so little
power, I thought enough was enough.

Enquired at my local Garage to see how much a set of pads fitted would
be, and I was told ?318! (not including a fluid change if it
needs doing!)

Pricing up the pads, ?150 for the fronts, and I guess the rears
are around ?40ish, so that leaves around ?120 labour -

Is this a decent price?
 

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whoa! That seems a hell of a lot. The fronts should be a piece of cake to change, not to sure on the rears but i'm sure it can't be too hard. Try some green stuff's or some of the black diamond pads instead.
 

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I havent got a clue on how to change pads, as much as I would like to DIY it.

A friend of mine used RedStuff pads and he suffered severe brake warp
within a thousand miles, so that put me off good and proper. OEM
is the only way im afraid. Just can't work out why they are ?150
- they are made by ATE aswell - thought they were supposed to be
affordable!
 

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How about trying german and swedish for the pads and then getting somewhere else without vw's labour rates to fir them for you? Should work out much cheaper.
 

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I know people like Awesome are to far away for you but surely there are
loads of vdub specialists in london, hell if I wasnt so busy i could
drive from Liverpool and back(7 hours) fit and supply your pads for 318
quid and still make 200 quid,

does that answer your question yes 318 is ripping you off
 

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oem pads 140 quid MMMM the calipers of an R32 are of a BMW 7
series (girling g60) I think, soooooo,,, do you think OEM pads for an
old 7 series are 140 quid? Noooo aks Foxy or ShaQ i
AM 100% SURE THEY ARE RIPPING YOU
 

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Thats very expensive [:O]

Pads for my ECS Stage 2v2 Porsche setup were ?95 for the fronts which I changed in less than one hour.
 

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Complete rip off IMO. I have R32 front brakes and shall be purchasing replacement pads from GSF when the time comes.

p.s. changing pads is dead simple....I did a full front R32 brake conversion, now if I can do it i'm sure you can!!

We are here to give you advice if you need it.
 

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Thanks guys,

I've not got the time to diy the brakes(what with DIY'ing my new house
and stuff), although next time I hope to do so myself and save a few
bob!

Car's booked in for tomorrow morning, so fingers crossed the brakes will be back to new!
 

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The OEM pads are TEXTAR or ATE, do yourself a favour and get them from german&sweedish or euro car parts mate, its the same part made by the same people that vw use just not got the vw stamp on them!
 

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just got EBC redstuff fitted on saturday at bigboyztoys

only 100 pounds plus fitting and lasts longer, box also says less dust

so less cleaning of the alloys
 
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