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Cost of new brake pads?

Has anyone had their front brake pads replaced recently? My SLK is in MB for service and they've just rung me to say the pads need replacing, and the rotors too.

Nearly fell off the chair at the price which may be reasonable .. so if anyone can give me an idea of what they paid, I can make a judgement call on whether to shop around, or leave it with MB to deal with.

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Not sure what the dealer charges as i do my own work. I would hate to ask what they want for that job. I would shop around for a better price, the dealer is always going to be very high. For what the dealer wants you might be able to up grade to ceramic pads if you went with your local indy.
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Talk about timing, I just got this info from my local dealership; Fronts are $104 + $16.25 for each sensor(2) and Rears are $80.

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Thanks both.

They want $770
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No reason why an indy can't do it...or any of the leading brake shops...call and ask.

What's the min width/depth for the rotors...I'll need mine done in the spring.
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No reason why an indy can't do it...or any of the leading brake shops...call and ask.
I'm ringing around for prices, but the answer I'm getting is they need to see the car before they can quote.

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What's the min width/depth for the rotors...I'll need mine done in the spring.
The what now?! Erm, I don't know! Should I?!
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I'm ringing around for prices, but the answer I'm getting is they need to see the car before they can quote.
Have you asked why? SLK's don't have SBC(according the lkchris), so no need for Star Diagnostics to shut it off.

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No reason why an indy can't do it...or any of the leading brake shops...call and ask.

What's the min width/depth for the rotors...I'll need mine done in the spring.

I'm 99.9% sure it's 3mm Der Flieger. And no, there's nothing special about doing a brake job on an SLK that makes it different from any other modern car.

Personally, I'd stick with OEM or Porterfield pads. Rotors you are probably limited to MB or Brembo, or "no name". Since it's a safety system, I've stuck with OEM.



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If you are having to replace the rotors you are being to hard on the breaks. I have 110,000 mils and have just had my rotors turn for the first time. My break job was $300.00 all four wheels local repair shop. Silver Star, Ormond Beach, FL Lonnie does a great job and is very fair on all my repairs. But you are in the UK so that might be a bit far to bring your car LOL good luck.

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Rotors can be a item of personaL call by the person looking at them. If warpped or damaged they need replacing. Went to a tire shop for new tires and they checked the brakes as said the fronts will need to be replaced in the future and rotors need to be replaced also. Took itin the MB deasler for A service and they also so pads are worn and will need replacement in future and rotors are okay. Tire store says replace and MB says they are good. Guess time for third shop to look at them. Stops good and smooth and no sounds and no brake light. Kinds of think MB Dealer is the correct one.

Their price was 150 US to replace pads. MB parts and labor MB dealer fronts only.
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There really isn't any need for guess work on the brakes. Your sensor light comes on at 3mm of pad. Minimum spec is 2mm. Rotors need to be changed when they are at or below spec which can only be done by actually measuring them. Of course if they are warped that's another issue. Mercedes rotors generally never need to be turned. There isn't enough meat on them to make it worthwhile.

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No reason why an indy can't do it...or any of the leading brake shops...call and ask.

What's the min width/depth for the rotors...I'll need mine done in the spring.

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171.442: 25, 23, 22.4
171.445/454/456: 28, 26, 25.4
171.458: 28, 26.5, 26

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171.442/445 without code 952: 9, 7.8, 7.3
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And no, there's nothing special about doing a brake job on an SLK that makes it different from any other modern car.
Thats good to know. I've never worked on a European car so I had no idea how difficult it would be. Is the sensor replacement process pretty straight forward too?
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Thats good to know. I've never worked on a European car so I had no idea how difficult it would be. Is the sensor replacement process pretty straight forward too?
The sensors are conected to the caliper, very simple to replace, most places sell them for a couple of bucks each.
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No reason why an indy can't do it...or any of the leading brake shops...call and ask.

What's the min width/depth for the rotors...I'll need mine done in the spring.
Link to test values for the brake discs/rotors on the R171: https://www.slkworld.com/general-disc...html#post80276

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Talk about timing, I just got this info from my local dealership; Fronts are $104 + $16.25 for each sensor(2) and Rears are $80.
IIRC, US spec R171 have only one brake sensor (located at the right front brake).

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Thanks for all your replies - they've been very helpful.

MB said my brake pads were at 15% and they recommend changing them at 10%. Considering someone said the warning comes on at 3mm (not sure what the percentage works out to be at 3mm?), I'm glad I collected my car.

Haven't had chance to investigate further, but I'll let you know the outcome. I rang the body shop where I had some work done after someone rear-ended me and they gave me a recommendation for a place that specialises in European cars. The body shop was insurance company approved, so I trust their recommendation on that basis. Seeing as I'm an expat in these parts, I have to go by recommendations. Back home I would know where to go, and (probably more importantly) where not to.

Btw - nice car Eddy!
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$770 is a lot better than my car. Imagine my expression when they quoted $2,500 for the fronts alone!!!
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$770 is a lot better than my car. Imagine my expression when they quoted $2,500 for the fronts alone!!!
Sheesh!

Then again, you got a whole lota more car than I do!
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Sokolov, not to hijack the post, but didn't realize you were a SLK owner, too. Just sold the 99 E300 you loaned me a tool for about a year ago; bought an 06 320 cdi and am looking now to buy an SLK to replace our bimmer cabrio. If you have a chance, pm me with your thoughts on the SLK. I'm looking at the post-nose job R171s, 04-07. Cheers,
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