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      08-26-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
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Question $190 Brake Pad Replacement Fair Price Or Go To Midas?

my mom's acura rdx needs brake pads replaced and i was wondering if $190 is a fair price for both front and rear plus tax= $205.

am i better off going to midas or mavis instead? anyone got experience with them and their brake service? im just in question of their "brake service" for such a low price...
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If they are quality brake pads, that seems fair. Either way, i would not go to Midas. I am not a fan of there work.
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if anything..but the pads online or a dealer and have an Independent Garage do the work.
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Installing pads is quite easy...

Buy it online, and either DIY or pay a shop like $20...
I used to charge people that much; I really don't know what the market is now though.
Funny how I can change brake pads but not be sure how to install pedals :P lol

But they shouldn't charge too much for just pads...
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Installing pads is quite easy...

Buy it online, and either DIY or pay a shop like $20...
I used to charge people that much; I really don't know what the market is now though.
Funny how I can change brake pads but not be sure how to install pedals :P lol

But they shouldn't charge too much for just pads...
Many shops don't charge by job, but charge by their normal hourly rate + any special services and parts.

I would buy some pads online and take it to an independent shop for installation. Give some shops a ring for a quote before setting on Midas. You may be able to find a cheaper source.

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thanks for input guys, was just about to post the price above does not include the pads. i will be supplying the pads myself so that is just for labor...
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Then that seems high. You could just do it yourself if you are handy.
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+1 for DIY! It's easy on japanese cars...check out acurazine.com for a DIY writeup.
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Let's see...It usually takes me anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 minutes to swap out all 4 pads on a BMW if I have access to a 2 post lift. And this is with me slacking off sometimes and doodling around. And I'm not an expert mechanic, I just play one on in my spare time in the "shop" at work, I'm a marketing guy by trade...The worst kind of mechanic. And Japanese pads are about half as hard as BMW pads to swap.

So that would mean the "shop" quoted you about 2 hours and 15 minutes to do the brakes, if you assume the typical shop rate of $85/hr. Either these guys are super meticulous, properly lubricate every single nook and cranny of the caliper housing with anti-squeal, torque every bolt down to the last 1/1000th of a ft-lbs, triple check each bolt, and drink beer and eat doughnut in between each wheel...Or they're making about $120 worth of PURE PROFIT from you.

I'm inclined to think it's #2.
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