On Thu, 08 Mar 2007 08:41:24 -0500, warlock162 wrote:
jim is correct, to an extent. There is an INCREDIBLE mark-up on brakes. I
would go to a Meineke before a Midas, or find a local shop if you want to
save a few $$$, and tell them if they get the parts from CarQuest or
AutoZone NOT to use the Chinese stuff (unless you really want to save some
money; if you had said *88* Civic I'd use the Chinese stuff...)
But labor rates are evening up. OEM parts cost more, but are the same as
what you're used to, and taking it to the dealer means someone that knows
Hope this didn't confuse you more!! ;)
Why? Do people like myself and others who drive an '88 Civic not need
quality brakes? I recently did my brakes using Brembo rotors and Akebono
ceramic pads. They work great and they should keep doing so for years to
Ooops...OK! I stand corrected!
I should say I live in lovely, rusty New England, and by the time Jap cars
are that old, they are pretty rusted unless they have been garaged and
maintained impeccibly. Not many are, but there are a few! Even my
'85 Corolla GTS, impeccibly maintained (but never garaged) is returning to
the elements in my back yard.
My Mom's '86 Camry is in good shape, garaged all the time, but still
I was basing my statement on cars like my $250 Celica I bought a few years
ago. Put Chinese rotos and mid-grade pads and had no problems.
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