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First time poster, long long time lurker, thanks for the free tips over the years, will try contribute back.

I've got an R171/2007 SLK 280 with the sports pack I think (red belts and stitching, perforated brake discs), pretty much original except Android 8 head-unit replacement and cheapo ebay wheel centre cap replacements, anyways.

Pads and discs need doing, which I've been quoted ballpark for all four corners £ 1k from a reputable non-dealer garage while in for a ~C level service pre-MOT.

I could pickup a near identical full roadworthy spare(s) car for £ 6-7.5k but also don't have cost convenient storage just yet. My mileage isn't significant enough to consider something newer/more-efficient/£ lol.

I've put this off for now until just before the MOT, but I've not asked garage what specific parts or options that £ 1k includes / will ask on Monday with your advice in hand :) I'd assume they've quoted based on some sort of OEM like-for-like replacement.

Are there different pad/disk options or kits to consider changing or upgrading while forking out anyway? What would you do?

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$1,400 for new pads and disks all around? Pretty pricey.

You can get a full set of Akebonos for a couple hundred bucks. You should only need front disks which will cost < $400. This is a very simple job and two hours labor at most. You might try doing it yourself maybe with the help of a friend?

I'll sell you a full set of OEM pads for $75, but the postage might be a bit high!
 

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Are they ceramic discs there quoting you on ?

Seems a little expensive to me like for like parts i take it ?
Is the service included in that price ?

Come down my way ill pay for hotel overnight and do it for £1000.00 with genuine parts to . :grin:
 

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Will do some research on the akebonos cheers.

Are they ceramic discs there quoting you on ?
They're not currently and they didn't mention and upgrade, so would assume not...

Seems a little expensive to me like for like parts i take it ?
Is the service included in that price ?
Having spent £ 300 on servicing (filters, fluids, joint greasing) and £ 300 on pair of bridgestone potenza s001 rears just this week, it's all expensive!

As best, that price is brakes, MOT and re-balancing...

Come down my way ill pay for hotel overnight and do it for £1000.00 with genuine parts to . :grin:
Hehe cheers :D Will certainly be giving them a shout on Monday to find out exactly what they are planning, will drop MB dealer a call for comparison too.
 

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Front Brembo pads and disks for my 350 were well less than £100 to buy.


An hour or two to fit (easy DIY job).
 

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I’ve just paid £80 for 4 discs and pad sets and £140 for fitting ( including other bit and bobs). OEM

On my R170 200 SLK


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Thanks for the feedback, this is a 280 with the sports package brakes, so they are a bit more expensive than the standard parts sites give you.

Speaking to the specialist garage (paraphrasing extensively): Would source parts direct from Mercedes so whatever dealer parts pricing plus local labour, that you get what you pay for with them and they wouldn't fit non-OEM parts on any "sports" merc of say 3L or more...

Current plan:

- Get a price directly from merc for parts and/or labour

- Have the wheels off and have a proper look myself OR pop it to another garage for second opinion

- Look at sourcing parts myself

I'd value opinions on if you do get what you pay for, and if the Mercedes parts are just a specific manufacturers re-badge?

I _think_ the part numbers would be (from https://mercedes.7zap.com/en/eu/fg/car/slk-klasse/slk+280+slk+300/66v/171454/fg/0/0/42/0/):
front-pads = A 004 420 51 20
rear-pads = A 003 420 28 20
front-disks = A 203 421 13 12
rear-disks = A 210 423 10 12
 

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I enclose the cost for quality used parts.


Pads and disks all round £235



I have used this company several times with no problem. (they are based in France, but shipping is 1 to 2 days.)




An hour or three to fit, free if you do it yourself :wink:


£1000 seems very steep to me!
 

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Thanks G0RSQ, Brembo was one of the names I happen to know and asked my garage about vs OEM parts, they said they weren't worth the name and wouldn't give me good lifetime compared to OEM, but I have no idea. On the flip side I also get that even if the Brembos did wear 2x the OEM (which I'm sure they do not), with a little bit of DIY and learning you can have 4x the Brembos for the price of 1x OEM / any margin wear difference between brands becomes irrelevant.

Spoke to local dealer and checked mymercedesservice.co.uk and £ 6/700 seems to be the going rate to do both front and rear, pads and disCs, inclusive of labour and VAT...

I've been using this specialist garage 3 years and don't think they'd deliberately try shaft me, so will be shouting them back Monday with opportunity to re-quote / re-check their parts costs.
 

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Thanks G0RSQ, Brembo was one of the names I happen to know and asked my garage about vs OEM parts, they said they weren't worth the name and wouldn't give me good lifetime compared to OEM, but I have no idea. On the flip side I also get that even if the Brembos did wear 2x the OEM (which I'm sure they do not), with a little bit of DIY and learning you can have 4x the Brembos for the price of 1x OEM / any margin wear difference between brands becomes irrelevant.

Spoke to local dealer and checked mymercedesservice.co.uk and £ 6/700 seems to be the going rate to do both front and rear, pads and disCs, inclusive of labour and VAT...

I've been using this specialist garage 3 years and don't think they'd deliberately try shaft me, so will be shouting them back Monday with opportunity to re-quote / re-check their parts costs.
Sounds like they were shafteing you with the first quote of £1000.00
Your car has nothing special with your brakes etc and simple to do .
And genuine brake discs can and do fail ive had it and replaced under warranty .

Other option is replace with cheaper but still quality brembo discs and go genuine brake pads .

Brembo disc can be purchased at a very good price from Euro car parts

Go elsewhere and get them fitted such a simple job and save your self $$$$$
 

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Thanks G0RSQ, Brembo was one of the names I happen to know and asked my garage about vs OEM parts, they said they weren't worth the name and wouldn't give me good lifetime compared to OEM,



I think you might find Brembo are a OEM supplier to Mercedes. :surprise:



They are certainly brembo two pot calipers on my 2007 350
 

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I phoned, they re-checked their parts costs, it's now 600 for all disks, pads and sensors + 200 if the hand-break shoes and associated need doing too, inc VAT and labour, which I think is about what I'd expect if your buying them off a convenient dealer and reputable garage rather than shopping around. I'm just going to get them sorted OEM and garage this time around, ensuring I get all old parts/new boxes, next time for pads or similar I will of sorted the garage / jack / time situation for some DIY. Will update once it's done with some pics and parts info.
 

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Went in garage this morning, genuine MB dealer parts but no indication of original manufacturer, unfortunately the savings from your feedback and research now need to be largely spent on a new caliper...

Apparently a previous owner or garage have drilled out one of the pins and as a result made it unsafe. Apparently the pagid calipers as carried by eurocarparts aren't fantastic, any feedback or opinion with Caliper replacements?
 

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That was a nasty surprise but you learn, went with a proper MB one in the end... below is the full parts list used with UK OEM parts pricing EX VAT @ 20%, hope it is useful for someone with SLK280 sports package in future:

FRONT

A0044205120/41 Brake Pad F = £ 49.99
A2034211312 Brake Disc F *2 = £ 91.66
A004217574 Front Brake Guide Pin *2 = £ 34.60
A004219691 Front Brake Spring *2 = £ 16.70

REAR

A0034202820/41 Brake Pad R = £ 33.33
A2104231012 Brake Disc R *2 = £ 74.98
A0004213274 Rear Pin Kit = £ 10.10

FRONT CALIPER

A0034203683 N/S/F Caliper = £ 315.00!!!

MISC
TUNAP brake cleaning spray = £ 5.54

LABOUR
FRONT discs and pads = £ 117.00
REAR discs and pads = £ 123.50
REAR shoes removed, cleaned, lubed = £ 50
Caliper FIT = £ 25
MOT = £ 50

I'm sill telling myself its an investment / saving money over a new(er) one.
 
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