MDX Brake job

Seems like a lot to me, but I was quoted $315 an axle ($630) to turn the rotars and replace the pads by my local Acura dealer. Also seems fast that the pads were worn 90% front and 80% rear at 34K miles.

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Carl,
The rotors go for about $98.00 a piece and the front pads go for about $57.00 a set. So, if you did it yourself, it would be about $255.00 for the front. $315.00 is not out of the ball park at all for the front.
You must do a lot of city driving in traffic to use up your pads that fast. My RSX-S front pads had worn about 1/2 in 38,000 miles.
I just changed my front pads only, because the rotors were not deeply grooved.
Dave M.

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I went ahead and gave them the go-ahead. They called back later and said that the rotors were gone and could not be resurfaced. They wanted an additional $500 something for the rotor replacement. After I complained about the rotors failing at 34K and asking to speak to the manager they agreed to replace them as under warranty. Later I found out that they did it as a courtesy and not warranty.
Most of my driving is highway to and from work. The MDX might eat brakes faster due to it's size/weight compared to the RSX.

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You did well, since these are "wear items", not covered by the warrantee. However, a wear item that is defective in manufacture IS covered.
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A little additional info. I was putting the service record into Ownerslink and decided to look at my 30K repairs. At 30K (4 months ago) they said my brakes were 30% gone front and 20% rear. So in 4K miles I lost 60% more of the front and rear pads. Seemed wacked, so I called the service manager and asked him explain how I could lose that much so quickly. He didn't have an answer.

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Seems irregular to me, too. I doubt your driving habits changed. Individual calipers can seize and go through pads in a hurry, but 4 at once with under 40K miles? I dunno....
Mike
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A possibility just occurred to me. I've only heard of it a couple of times, but boosters can fail in a way that causes them to apply the brakes, maybe gently enough to go unnoticed. It is easy enough to check out - with the car on a lift, they can check the drag on all the wheels. They start the car, wait a couple of minutes and compare the drag. Should be identical.
Mike
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Do you have mpg numbers before and after 30k? Slightly sticking brakes should have made a difference.

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I'm on my first tank since the work was done, but I don't expect it to change. My gas mileage has been consistent at around 18 mpg since I bought the vehicle.

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We have a 2003 MDX which my wife drives quite a bit. So far it's got 37K in just over 2 years and so far no brake problems. We drive in Atlanta and Atlanta traffic is pretty bad.
Maybe it was just substandard set. Hopefully this set will do you better.

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