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Changing front disc and brake pads

Postby philipCool » Wed, 14 Sep 2005 17:29:33 UTC

Guys, if I need to change my front disc (as my is wearing out!), as well as my break pads (front), do I need to get the brake sensor as well.  I intend buying this parts from the german-swedish car parts and pass it over to my mechanic.  

My mechanic quoted £147+vat for the front disc and front pad, which I believe is a bit excessive relative to buying the parts myself and paying for the workmanship.

What do you guys think

it is an e39 2001 525d
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Postby Golfather » Wed, 14 Sep 2005 18:32:34 UTC

GSF can supply Zimmerman cross-drilled discs with Pagid Fast Road pads. A very good upgrade from OEM.

The 2 together work very well. They've been doing a fine job on my VR6 and will definately be fitted to the five when a change is required.
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Postby zarnd » Wed, 14 Sep 2005 23:34:30 UTC

i would bchang ehte sensor as it is more than likely that it will break when you cahgne the discs and pads

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Postby Biglad_UK » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 11:09:33 UTC

zarnd wrote:i would bchang ehte sensor as it is more than likely that it will break when you cahgne the discs and pads

cheers


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Were you drunk when you posted ?   :shock:
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Postby zarnd » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 11:20:28 UTC

Biglad_UK wrote:
zarnd wrote:i would bchang ehte sensor as it is more than likely that it will break when you cahgne the discs and pads

cheers


Zarnd,

Were you drunk when you posted ?   :shock:


no...sad thing is that i rarely drink, was just in a rush for going out and watching tele at the same time. i don't know what on earth is happening to me! fat fingers on tiny laptop keyboard. no wonder i failed my degree, spelling mistakes on coursework!

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Postby john richards » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 12:00:23 UTC

My mechanic quoted £147+vat for the front disc and front pad, which I believe is a bit excessive relative to buying the parts myself and paying for the workmanship.

HOW MUCH  :shock: ??? Is that just labour, because it shouldn't take more than a couple of hours at most.

I just replaced the rear discs, pads and sensor on my 3 series, and the whole lot came to £41 inc. VAT from Euro Car Parts. Admittedly I was going for the cheaper option, Guttman, but they seem good enough for the type of driving I do.

I also replaced the front discs, pads and sensors last year (Brembo) and that wasn't much more than £90 from GSF I remember. Check out other suppliers, I think you're being ripped off.
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Postby Biglad_UK » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 12:07:04 UTC

For what it's worth and as a comparison, I paid £500 at the $tealers for front and rear pads and discs.

Makes your mans labour charge a little high ?
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Postby philipCool » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 17:32:07 UTC

Clearly shows how these mechanics ripped people off!  This site is very valuable
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Postby machinehead525 » Fri, 16 Sep 2005 08:04:27 UTC

I've just done the brakes on my E34 - rear parts (inc. handbrake shoes) were £80, front (no sensor) was £92, all delivered from Euro Car Parts, the discs/pads were ATE brand which I believe is the OE stuff.

Fitting it all was relatively easy (I have a long knuckle-bar!) and I found the pad warning sensors were very easy to remove without breaking them :)

I was quoted around £350 to do the lot so saved myself £178
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Postby steve530i » Fri, 16 Sep 2005 13:10:59 UTC

Last year I did the front and rear discs, pads and sensors on my 523i touring. Took me an hour and a half (including cleaning the discs of rust preventer and changing the brake fluid). All up it was £168 using ATE gear from Eurocarparts...............yes BMW do use ATE as original equipment .........my wifes MINI has them fitted.
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