I bought a used 2000 Ford Focus with 30,000 Klms a little over a year
ago. It has been a generally good car.
Now at 55,000 Klms my local service garage tells me that I need pads and
rotors as there is excessive wear on the inside surfaces of the pads.
The garage quoted me around $300CDN for the brake job and that was with
I then phoned my local Ford dealer and explained that I thought at
55,000 Klms it was a little too soon to be worrying about brake
replacement and felt that the wear was somewhat out of line with the
average. Their answer; this is about average for a Focus. They also
asked me when I had last had the brakes serviced. Of course I hadn't
(they charge $150CDN for the servicing which they said must be done
every 15,000 Klms). BS?
I asked how much pads and rotors would be and they quoted me $503CDN,
explaining that the replacement rotors and pads were Motorcraft and
therefore much higher quality. So, you're telling me that the original
brakes are s**
t to which I received no reply. What little reading I have
done has led me to conclude that Focus brakes have been an issue though
there has never been a safety recall on that component.
Anyway, can I get any ammunition from anywhere to help me get a better
deal from Ford? I know that at the end of the day I will likely return
to the independent garage where the price seems a little more realistic.