True, I have a car with nearly 300K on the clock that has the original
rotors, many times they just need to be turned a few thousands. However
some folks don't even look at the brakes till they start making funny
noises. By then the rotors can be damaged by worn-out lining. That is why
they should be checked on occasion, with a micrometer, to determine if and
when they should be replaced
I'm bitching about a rotor job !
The rotors should last longer than the ( OEM ) disk pads.
BTW; In my world, mileage doesn't wear out brakes.
It's the number of stops per mile.
As it is, much of my mileage is "highway miles"....
Its due to the semi metallic pads. People want quite brakes that don't
leave dust on their nice clean wheels so now you have brake pads that are
as hard as the rotors so both wear about the same. Get some good quality
non metallic pads and live with black dust on your wheels (and better
braking) or live with replacing the rotors.
GM is just giving the never keep a car past 30k public what they want.
My G/F just TODAY had her 2002 Buick Century in for a brake job. She
is a bit "hard" on the brakes at times. This is her 1st brake job on
this car at 42K miles.
She got all new pads on the front, AND new rotors on the front. Front
means both left and right side too. The ENTIRE job, parts and labor
at a local Buick dealership was..... $209.21 (including tax).
Nothing was replaced on rear at this time. That is not considered a
great price around our locale, but merely a fair price.
My 2001 Century needed rotors at about 35000 miles(much too soon).
I replaced the oem rotors because they were warped due to overheating.
You can buy rotors from $25 to $100 each (top end is drilled and
dissipate heat better). Pads were replaced with Pepboys heavyduty
They now have 60000 miles and the pads with little wear on rotors and
10000 miles left on the pads. The rear breaks are about due to be
at 90000 miles. there is very little wear on rear drums. In this
a complete break job (with rotors) cost about $250.
What do you think? If you think this is "the new GM quality", then pay for
it and move on. If not, then do what an intelligent person would do and
either check them yourself or have someone you trust do it.
I just had pads replaced on all 4 wheels on my 2000 Impala for $242, my
service writer gave me a rear wheels free job (this was at a Chevy dealer)
and rotors were not replaced. Car had 61K on it at the time. So there are
some good GM dealers out there after all.
Yup, same here on a 2002 monte carlo. new pads, and rotors all the way
around, 72,000 miles. But really thats not bad, they are wear items. I
like knowing my womans car can stop. Whats really yhe killer is the
labor, rotors for domestic cars arent that expensive. The exotic pads
they use these days cost more than the rotors...
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