First the good news - I don't know if you remember but I asked about a rear
wheel bearing a few weeks ago - and low and behold I actually managed to
change it myself :), total cost £33 for the part and about 3 hours of my
time. A bit cheaper than the £210 my local independant garage wanted.
Now - on to the next problem :(
I have found that when braking from motorway speeds (70 - 80mph) I can hear
a grinding or vibration from the front wheels. This does not happen when
braking from less that 50mph so I would not have thought it was the front
pads, although I have not pulled of the front wheel and checked these. There
is not any steering wobble or anything.