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Old 02-14-2012, 03:14 PM
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Brake replacement and cost

Sup yall,
I have a concern. I took my car to the dealer when i first got it and they told me that i had about 8 months on the break i have on now. now its 8 months later. I took it to get the break checked at an indy and they told me that i have to change my brakes immediately because the rotor is worn down. Make long story short, i called the dealer to get a quote for for the rotors and brake replacement, lets just say they wanted an arm and a leg.... so here is my question

Is there a censor that would tell me when the breaks are totally gone or do i have to do a visual scan of the brakes to verify the brake condition?

Also, based on yall experienced, how much would (average) does changing rotors and brake pads cost at and indy (and do you trust the indy to do this type of job)?

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Old 02-14-2012, 06:33 PM
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Are you a DIY'er at all? It's a pretty easy job and wont cost more than a few hundred. An indy will charge at least double that. My Indys hourly rate is only 65 dollars.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:10 PM
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What do you consider an arm and a leg? A buddy of mine just got his done at the dealer for $752.00 that was labor, rotors, and pads ...
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:55 PM
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I just did my front crossdrilled slotted and akebono pads for 180 and did the install with a buddy. Pretty easy.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:48 PM
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I just did my front crossdrilled slotted and akebono pads for 180 and did the install with a buddy. Pretty easy.
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What brand of the crossdrilled slotted rotors did you use? Where did you buy em' and how much were they?
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:30 PM
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The brakes on the 7 are pretty easy to DIY. Search the net for parts and prices. Some people swear by OEM...I'm not one of those guys, I'll try other manufactures. There are a couple of good DIY write-ups for the front and rear brakes for the 7 so search the DIY section.


Below are a few pics of mine. You can't really tell by the pics but all four rotors are slotted and drilled. I got the rotors off of ebay for about $300 for all four. They're ok, nothing special. They do the job but I don't think I'll use them again because the break-in period is longer than I'd like. They work perfectly fine though. Next time I change the rotors I think I may try the Centric Drilled and slotted rotors. The best price I've seen for the set is about $450. My pads are Duralast premium from Autozone. I've been using them for years under the lifetime warranty from Autozone. I've never had a problem with noise, dust, or stoping power with them. They run about $45 a set and I only had to pay that once. If you bring in your old pads before they wear to the metal you can exchange them for brand new pads at absolutely no cost.

I can change brakes on all for wheels on my 7 in 1 hour. Add about 1/2 hour to that if I'm doing the rotors too. There is a part of the caliper mount that must be taken off each side in the rear in order to get the rotor off of the hub. There are only two bolts but they can be a pain to get loose. Be careful not to strip the rotor bolts. (the one bolt that holds the rotor to the hub)

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Looks great man! Would you say the stopping power is better than OEM? Or about the same?

I hear cross drilled rotors are only better under heavy braking where you need more heat dissipation.
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That's looks great bro. Thanks. Actually the dealer is asking for 480 since I already got the rotors (Zimmerman) and centric ceramic pads.
I figured that was too much, all the parts should b coming in by tomorrow so I think I'll shop for the labor. But more than 150 for what I saw the job is on YouTube it's def good enough.

I would do it myself but I have a broken arm so I can't do **** until August
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Looks great man! Would you say the stopping power is better than OEM? Or about the same?


I hear cross drilled rotors are only better under heavy braking where you need more heat dissipation.
Thanks!

These rotors shine under heavy braking, other than that they're OEM comparable. They're average when cold. I only got the slotted and drilled rotors for looks not for increased functionality because OEM brakes are pretty darn good already. I would imagine the only way to improve on OEM BMW brakes is to go with something such as an entire Brembo setup including Calipers, pads, and rotors. But that will run about $3,500 for the rear and $4,500 for the front for an e65/66.
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That's looks great bro. Thanks. Actually the dealer is asking for 480 since I already got the rotors (Zimmerman) and centric ceramic pads.
I figured that was too much, all the parts should b coming in by tomorrow so I think I'll shop for the labor. But more than 150 for what I saw the job is on YouTube it's def good enough.

I would do it myself but I have a broken arm so I can't do **** until August
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I'm so sorry about your arm. $150 for the labor seems like a good price to me cuz the brakes and rotors on these cars are so super simple to do There is a place by me that will do them for $30 a wheel for a total of $120 so search around, you might be able to find an even better price.
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BMW 7-series ROTORS & PADS PRICE LIST

Complete Package means: 2 front & 2 rear cross drilled/slotted rotors -and- set of front & rear premium pads

Front Only means: *2 front cross drilled/slotted rotors -and- set of front pads


1) BMW 740i *& 740iL V-8 *(Year: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
* *Complete Package $280
* *Front Only $190


2) BMW 750iL V-12 (Year: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
* * Complete Package $320
* * Front ONLY $210

3) BMW 745i & 745Li (Year: *2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Complete Package $280
Front ONLY $190

4) BMW 750i & 750Li & 760i & 760Li E65, E66 (Year: *2006, 2007, 2008)
Complete Package $340
Front ONLY $230
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Thanks!

These rotors shine under heavy braking, other than that they're OEM comparable. They're average when cold. I only got the slotted and drilled rotors for looks not for increased functionality because OEM brakes are pretty darn good already. I would imagine the only way to improve on OEM BMW brakes is to go with something such as an entire Brembo setup including Calipers, pads, and rotors. But that will run about $3,500 for the rear and $4,500 for the front for an e65/66.
Thanks for the info man! I think I'll just stick with my OEM's
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Complete Package $280 is labor included? I need to get rotors, do you know what it will cost for rotors only?
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hey guys thanks for all the great feedback. i found someone who will do it for 100 and the great thing about is that he works at a BMW dealership so he knows how to deal with the car. He assured me that it was very easy like you guys said so im gonna b there each step of the way watching him so i know for next time...

I got Zimmermann rotors and Centri Posi Quiet Ceramic Brake Pads, althou i am regret getting them now because i read some bad reviews.

@ Randy, i called that number. they were helpful, but since i found the bmw tech who will do it for 80, imma go with him. thanks thou
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hey guys thanks for all the great feedback. i found someone who will do it for 100 and the great thing about is that he works at a BMW dealership so he knows how to deal with the car. He assured me that it was very easy like you guys said so im gonna b there each step of the way watching him so i know for next time...

I got Zimmermann rotors and Centri Posi Quiet Ceramic Brake Pads, althou i am regret getting them now because i read some bad reviews.

@ Randy, i called that number. they were helpful, but since i found the bmw tech who will do it for 80, imma go with him. thanks thou
So if a mechanic knows how to replace brakes it should be an easy Job? Are their any DIY examples? Mine are going to need replacing soon.
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I just did my front crossdrilled slotted and akebono pads for 180 and did the install with a buddy. Pretty easy.
Hey..what rotors...and where did u get them

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I doubt the price would still be so cheap now ...
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I just did my front crossdrilled slotted and akebono pads for 180 and did the install with a buddy. Pretty easy.
Hey..what rotors...and where did u get them

Looks good..now from where?

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Yea .. but what rotors and where did you get them From?

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