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Hi everybody,
I 've searched but could not find the answer. Has anyone try to get the dealer to pay for brake pad replacement? We have a 2006 9-3 2.0T, and when i was putting on my winter wheels I notice the pads were really thin, maybe 2-3mm left till the metal brakcet. The car only has 26k km, and the dealer woudl not do an inspection for free to see if it needs to be replaced and they said it will not be covered. The car was never driven aggressively, the front pads are ceramic and have tons of life left.

Do people usually replace both pad and rotor? Dealer wants 125 CDN for pads, and 198 for labour.. abotu 350CDN with tax. seems very expensive. Any place to order parts online, so i can bring it to an indy shop?

Any advice? I really don't want to have to pay for an inspection then replace it.
 

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It's not necessary to use your dealer for brakes, look around at local mechanics and get a few estimates, Rear Pads should be less than 100.00, and an Indy's Labor will be less than a Dealer too.
 

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neb said:
Hi everybody,
I 've searched but could not find the answer. Has anyone try to get the dealer to pay for brake pad replacement? We have a 2006 9-3 2.0T, and when i was putting on my winter wheels I notice the pads were really thin, maybe 2-3mm left till the metal brakcet. The car only has 26k km, and the dealer woudl not do an inspection for free to see if it needs to be replaced and they said it will not be covered. The car was never driven aggressively, the front pads are ceramic and have tons of life left.

Do people usually replace both pad and rotor? Dealer wants 125 CDN for pads, and 198 for labour.. abotu 350CDN with tax. seems very expensive. Any place to order parts online, so i can bring it to an indy shop?

Any advice? I really don't want to have to pay for an inspection then replace it.
This may be too different to be useful, but on my last VW the rotors were covered (for warping) thru the full warranty period, but not the pads (the VW e-brake was known to warp the rotors if applied when they were warm, which unless you wanted to park and then wait several hours.. typically was the case :) )

Mike
 

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Ya, I have heard stories about that.. my parent's A6 had front rotor/pads replaced after 22k for improper wear. And my friend's A4 just had his rear replaced for free at 50k km..

Where is a good place to order rear pads/rotors? I 've checked tirerack they don't carry any for the 9-3...
 

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You can get Brakes from www.genuinesaab.com or www.thesaabsite.com but I'd suggest just going to a local shop, for brakes you don't have to go to a "Saab Specialist" have them order the brakes and do the job. Bringing parts to a shop you've never been to is like bringing a Sandwich to the Diner and asking for a glass of water and a napkin ya know!
 

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Earlier this year I found that my rear brakes were dangerously worn, most likely due to a stuck caliper. When the local shop (not dealer) replaced them, they also needed to replace the rotor (they said) and got the parts locally. The service guy noted that even though the parts were stamped "GM", the parts cost much more than they would for, say, a Chevy, and only the "OEM"
style was available to him (no ceramic, for example.)

So if you want a specific type of brake pad, you may not be able to get it through an independent shop. I do agree that simply walking in and handing them the parts could be trouble, as they get a fair bit of income from the markup on parts. But you can ask. I intend to do this when I replace the struts.
 

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sbl said:
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So if you want a specific type of brake pad, you may not be able to get it through an independent shop. I do agree that simply walking in and handing them the parts could be trouble, as they get a fair bit of income from the markup on parts. But you can ask. I intend to do this when I replace the struts.
I so disagree, these shops all use the same local parts stores and can order just about anything from anywhere. Tell them you want EBC and in a day or two they'll have them and charge you the same as if you ordered from Partsbarn or some such place.
 
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