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Old 08-13-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
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I am trying to buy a used 2011 Audi A4. And in Pre-purchase vehicle inspection mechanic told me that the rotors and pads are gone as this car was sitting in garage for year.

He gave me an estimate of $1500 for all of them including labor. The car is still under warranty, I know pads are not covered but does rotors come under warranty?

Is $1500 is a good estimate? Can I expect same estimate if I go to Audi?

Please advice.
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Those are wear & tear items so not covered under warranty. $1500 is a lot of money for that service ... can be done for a lot less either on your own or via a good independent (where perhaps you can bring him the parts). I would expect Audi to be in the same ballpark as the estimate you already have.
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Van, welcome aboard! Do you know how many miles are on the car you are looking at? Must be 50k or more if it needs brakes already.

If you are up to the task, pads are ~ $40/axle, rotors are probably $60 each. $1500, IME, is north of what the Audi dealership would charge.

(I changed out my front pads a couple of weeks ago to a different compound. My '11 A4 is at 35k miles. Pads were less than 1/3 worn...rotors look almost new. Cars built after 12/10 have ceramic pads fitted. They tend to be very e-z on the rotor, are super-clean, but may lack a bit in terms of stopping power.)
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That is a high quote for just rotors and pads job. We do carry the pads and the rotors for that vehicle, If you decide to do the job yourself or have an independent shop do it. The parts cost for your vehicle would be around the range of $422 roughly.

Here is the link to the brake parts section on our site:
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Disclaimer: Make sure to check the year and model of the vehicle before placing the order.
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I paid ~760 for just front rotors and pads at the dealer. So the quote is in line for all 4. Now, in my opinion, that is overpriced. You could buy your own parts and pay a local shop that does VW/Audi. The rear brakes are tricky, I think they require some computer access to retract the piston. You can't just push it back, without ruining it.
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Check out AudiUSAParts.com they have the best prices for OEM parts. They stock almost everything and are awesome to work with! If you enter your VIN during checkout they will go through and make sure you have all of the correct parts. Most online stores do not have a real person to make sure you have all of the components to get the job done correctly. These guys do and that personal touch is worth buying factory parts if you ask me!
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Get a second opinion or measure the pads yourself. Audi brakes last a long time.
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Hi,

I am trying to buy a used 2011 Audi A4. And in Pre-purchase vehicle inspection mechanic told me that the rotors and pads are gone as this car was sitting in garage for year.

He gave me an estimate of $1500 for all of them including labor. The car is still under warranty, I know pads are not covered but does rotors come under warranty?

Is $1500 is a good estimate? Can I expect same estimate if I go to Audi?

Please advice.
I was quoted $1850 !!!!!!!!!! I think that is crazy. was told that my brakes failed because a rotor had some rust on it. I told them to let it fail inspection and took it to a certified independent shop and it passed with no problem. I live in the northeast and rust happens on rotors so not sure what dealers standards are, probably thinking a sucker is born every day.
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$2200 in Beverly Hills for rotors & pads (F&R) on my S5. Obscene, but I was feeling tired and lazy.
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Seems very high for a brake service. If you're handy you can typically do brakes for about 1/3 of that.

We sell a performance brake kit with premium upgraded rotors and pads for $578.77 which also includes the brake pad wear sensor.

We also carry budget minded rotors for around $85 for the fronts and $52 for the rears.

Complete pad sets front and rear start around $112

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Aren't there guys who come to your house and change the brakes in your driveway cheap? And have some Chinese delivered! 😄
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For the Front brakes, here is a video that walks you through what you need and how to do it:

2010-2014 Audi A4 B8 Front Brake Pads and Brake Rotor Replacement
Tools needed:
Large C-clamp
21MM Socket, 2 Inch extension, breaker bar, ratchet
T30 Torx screwdriver or bit (use the one in the trunk toolkit)
Screwdrivers or pry tool
Large rubber mallet
Brake Cleaner Spray
PB Blaster penetrating oil
Disc Brake Quiet/lube (comes with the brake pad set but you may need more)

Parts Installed:
2 Brake Rotors from Autozone: Duralast 45600 $33.99 each
Brake Pad set from Advance Auto Parts:
Akebono Euro Ceramic Brake Pads with Sensor EUR1322 $81.99

Total Cost: $149.97 vs. Dealer $650

Torque the 2 21mm bolts to 140 Foot Pounds, which is really tight. Like put all your weight on it tight. If you fail to tighten these bolts enough, you will have problems.

This took me about 3 hours, 2 hours for one side, one hour for the other once I knew what I was doing.
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[QUOTE=Van1401;24595539]Hi,

I am trying to buy a used 2011 Audi A4. And in Pre-purchase vehicle inspection mechanic told me that the rotors and pads are gone as this car was sitting in garage for year.

He gave me an estimate of $1500 for all of them including labor. The car is still under warranty, I know pads are not covered but does rotors come under warranty?

Is $1500 is a good estimate? Can I expect same estimate if I go to Audi?

Please advice.[/QUOT

I must be missing something but maybe you can inform us. Are you buying this from a dealer or a private sale. If a dealer I would have them do the work as part of the deal and if private I would negotiate the price down to get the repair done. Next how many miles are on the car and have the brake pads been replaced before. Now you also need more info from the PPI guy. The min and max thickness is stamped on the brake rotor. Ask him what the thickness of the rotors were. Also what was the thickness of the remaining pad material. What was the surface of the rotors . Were there any grooves or when he checked them for run out were they within spec and not warped. After you have this info you can then make the decision if you need to replace rotors as well as pads. You also need to have him verify it on all 4 wheels. Unless he can provide you with this information I would not take his advice. Remember , trust but verify.
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