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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 06-18-2013, 10:10 AM
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Nothing, You can replace the brake pads and rotors (all four wheels) with HIGH end stuff for $500, DIY. Or you can go OEM for about $350.
$1400 is stark raving crazy. Brakes are easy man, if you can do a cooling system You can handle the brakes yourself. Tell that mechanic to pound sand and order this, then we'll chat you through another weekend of fixing it. The Akebono pads are nice, no dust since they are ceramic. This kit also come with the brake sensors he was mentioning.

http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Parts_...RAKE-FULL.html
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Let's put this in perspective. Anyone cutting side deals on their employer or partner deserves a lower level of trust. Requesting a bottle of liquor is something you'd expect only from someone who was a close personal friend, not someone you'd done business with once in the past, and is a second red flag. That's before you get to the question of price gouging.
When we had our car dealership our mechanics got to cut one side deal........



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Thanks. That helps.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:08 PM
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OP: Do the brakes yourself. As long as you don't open the lines on the calipers, you can do pads and rotors for $300-$400 pretty easily. Check FCPEuro for supplies. Make sure you actually need rotors before buying them. I STILL have 328 rotors from when I made that mistake. All that I really needed was to patch the sensor cable.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:20 PM
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Make sure you put the proper lubricant on the piston. It will ensure good function ongoing of that part of the calipers.
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Re: Not sure if my mechanic is being honest...

A NORMAL brake job is quick and easy, THIS is NOT a normal brake job, take it to a different pro.

We already know the original guy is a dishonest crook, ripping off both his partner and you. Its entirely possible he could have tampered with three hydraulic system or pictured one of the rubber lines.

While a normal brake job is well within your capabilities with a little help from us, I'd feel negligent not to recommend you have another pro verify that your whole system is in good shape.

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1000 Dollars is 2wice what anyone should pay for a shock replacement on an e36
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Re: Not sure if my mechanic is being honest...

Based on OP's posts, mechanic seems HIGHLY unethical. We don't know if he may have tampered with anything, or if anything is even wrong to begin with. Having had a rubber brake like pop before while driving (Audi ) I don't take brake hydraulics lightly. What if our friendly mechanic poked a pinhole in a line so that OP wouldn't have a choice but to come back soon.

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:30 PM
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1000 Dollars is 2wice what anyone should pay for a shock replacement on an e36
It was shocks and struts.

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Based on OP's posts, mechanic seems HIGHLY unethical. We don't know if he may have tampered with anything, or if anything is even wrong to begin with. Having had a rubber brake like pop before while driving (Audi ) I don't take brake hydraulics lightly. What if our friendly mechanic poked a pinhole in a line so that OP wouldn't have a choice but to come back soon.

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I was just going to do the brakes myself, but you're right. He did say hydraulics. Are there any warning signs? My brakes are pulsating a bit.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:48 PM
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Nothing, You can replace the brake pads and rotors (all four wheels) with HIGH end stuff for $500, DIY. Or you can go OEM for about $350.
$1400 is stark raving crazy. Brakes are easy man, if you can do a cooling system You can handle the brakes yourself. Tell that mechanic to pound sand and order this, then we'll chat you through another weekend of fixing it. The Akebono pads are nice, no dust since they are ceramic. This kit also come with the brake sensors he was mentioning.

http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Parts_...RAKE-FULL.html
http://www.bimmerzone.com/product/PKG-E36-BRAKE-FT.html

Bought. I'll let you know after I get them when I'm going to do the work.

Thanks a ton!!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:13 PM
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My advice would be to take some of your hard earned cash and buy some tools. Grab some info first and have at it. We will help.

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