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$700.00+ in brake repairs?

All right, I got a quote from the mechanic today. My dad called me up here at school and told me it was going to be $714.00 to completely fix my brakes.

Normally I would have crapped myself, but this time my parents offered to pay. i haven't heard what exactly was wrong with them. But this I know by checking it myself before it went in: pads needed to be replaced, reservoir needed to be replaced (leaking severely) bearings needed to be repacked, rotors are fine. I'm thinking that there has to be more to it than just that - I am going home to talk to the mechanic tomorrow.

Could there possibly be seven hundred dollars in brake problems, when they for the most part worked alright in the first place?
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There could be $700 of repairs needed in any part of your Porsche...

But pads, repacking bearings (I assume on the front ones on your 86 turbo) and a fluid reservoir shouldn't cost you that much.
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When I did the brakes on my car i spent $700 on the parts , but I did the labor myself, and now I've got cool shiny cross-drilled rotors. Oooooo
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did you drill out the rortors sid?..
does that compromise the integrity of the rotor when it heats up?..
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2 sets of pads~80-160 range
reservoir ~50-100 range
Uhmm and they probably turned the rotors.... and with their time .... sure they could easily hit 500 with the list you gave them and I am sure they found another 200 to spend!

Now if you were mechanically inclined it would not have even cost half that....

FrankB - More than likely they are the cast zimmerman. I use those on my NA(turbo brakes conversion).....Even with them being cast I am sure they have weaker integrity if you were to push them to the extreme....., on the other hand I just received my slotted ones for my turbo so its going to be a nice side by side comparison of the two........
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Indeed, they are Zimmerman's
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wow, nice stuff..
I'll keep that in mind when I need rotors..
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In my opinion, pads, reservoir, and repacking the front bearings should not cost $700. If this is all the work being done, I would recommend reconsidering doing the job yourself if you're able to.
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^well, i would. between me and a friend i'm capable of doing it, however i'm at school 5 out of 7 days of the week and i work the other two. My car is 80 miles away from me, so it's kinda hard. plus, my parents said they would pay this time - so i'm not complaining.

i just wanted to check to see if i am getting totally ripped. thanks.
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yep, your parents are getting ripped
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I THINK THAT THERE WERE SIGNS OF IMPENDING BRAKE FAILURE WHICH WERE IGNORED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS...THE SCRAPED SCORED DISCS, THE GRINDING SOUND, THE MUSHY PEDAL, THE LEAKING BRAKE FLUID, THE GRIT ON THE WHEELS...ETC. $700 DOES NOT SOUND THAT BAD TO ME, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS AT A PLACE LIKE MIDAS WHERE THEY ARE GUARANTEED FOR AS LONG AS YOU OWN THE CAR....NEW PARTS, CYLINDERS, SPRINGS,FLUID,TURNING ON LATHE,MAYBE SOME LINES REPLACED, ....YOU DO PAY SOMETHING FOR THAT. PAY THE 700 NOW, AND YOU WILL HAVE GREAT BRAKES, (IMAGINE WHAT A REAR END COLLISION, YOUR FAULT, WOULD DO TO INSURANCE RATES FOR YEARS....AND YOU WILL OWE YOUR PARENTS A DEBT...HAHAHAHAHA.... AND, START LOOKING THE CAR OVER FOR PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE ON A REGULAR BASIS...THIS ISNT A CHEVY PICKUP YOUR DRIVING!! GOOD LUCK!!
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I agree with crackle that if rotors and lines are replaced, that can certainly run the cost up, but new pads, turned (I'd rather replace them than turn em), should not be $700. I guess I should have reserved judgment til we know exactly what the shop is gonna do.

There is, however, no excuse for not repairing brakes when they first show signs of needing repairs......this becomes a life and death situation
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