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Got word today that my front brake pads are 85% worn on my 9-3 convertible. Should this be done by a Saab specialist or is the job generic enough that a standard brake place like Midas or Just Brakes will suffice?

DYI is out of the question.

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IMO, a good shop will do, even try the dealer.
Brakes are brakes..
How about the man who examined the brakes and found them short ??
Have you established a good indie shop yet ?? Now - or even before you bought the car - was the time...

Why is DIY beyond question ?
My daughter and son-in-law live in an apartment complex where a man cannot do anything - well - maybe change a bulb-maybe.....raising the hood may be objectionable.:nono;

Mileage ?
Year ?
 

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It's pretty standard... however, your local shop is unlikely to stock your brake pads.

The originals are ceramics.

I have just done mine... replaced all discs and pads... diy.

Good luck.
 

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The indie shop has good reviews here in Colorado Springs, I just moved here. The outfit only works on Saabs, Subarus and Volvos. Estimate was $250 to replace pads, $500 if rotors need R&R. Seems high since I can buy new ceramic pads from Saabsite for $65/pair and the cross-drilled rotors for $88 each. My wife took the car in for door lock repair and oil change--labor must be high.

Car is a 2003 with 30K miles, it is the vert so same body style as 1999-2002. I guess I will ask the dealer for a quote too. The serpentine belt needs replacing too. Really pi$$es me off.

I have babied this car and cared for it like a child and am unhappy with the reliability. I realize brakes are normal wear and tear but the car has been problematic. I think Saabs are unique and "cool" but I have a love-hate relationship with this car. I guess they are designed for DIY mechanics that like working on cars. I drove a Honda for 10 years and other than oil changes and preventative maintenance I replaced a power antenna for $30--that was it. I have paid 30 times that much on the Saab and it has only been out of warranty 1 year. My uncle owned 2 Saabs, a 900 and 9000, he sold both due to the high cost of repairs. He now drives a boring 10-year-old Nissan Maxima and has never paid for a repair. Price you pay for top-down driving I guess...oh well..I bought it in 2006 for less than half what the original sticker price. Worth it?
 

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Detourat43 said:
Got word today that my front brake pads are 85% worn on my 9-3 convertible. Should this be done by a Saab specialist or is the job generic enough that a standard brake place like Midas or Just Brakes will suffice?

DYI is out of the question.

Thanks
Mike
Where are you located in Alabama? If you are near Huntsville I would be glad to give you a hand with it.
 

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I was told today I need new rotors/pads on all 4 wheels and was quoted $900...
so to me a $500 rotor job sounds pretty attractive.
I got it quoted by Just Brakes at about $650.
 

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You are in the wrong forum, rfd. ;)


DIY DIY DIY! Especailly the front. I cannot believe how easy it is.

I replaced the power antenna on my Saab for $25.00. Don't tell me a Honda is cheaper to fix now! lol
 

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Detourat43 said:
Car is a 2003 with 30K miles, it is the vert so same body style as 1999-2002. I guess I will ask the dealer for a quote too. The serpentine belt needs replacing too. Really pi$$es me off.
Something is wrong with all this. New pads AND rotors on front and back at 30K miles is very, VERY unlikely.

30K on the front is possible, but only if the driver is very agressive and hard on the brakes. However, the rears contribute only about 30% of the braking force, and under normal circumstances wear much less on our cars. My rear pads have typicall lasted over 50K miles, and the rear rotors are only now worn down to below spec at 150K!

In my area an indie shop charges about $100 labor per axle to do front or rear, pads and rotors. Parts are around $150 per axle, front or rear, for something close to original equipment replacement.
 

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I just replaced the rotors and pads (ceramic) for $75.00 total. I bought the parts at NAPA/Autozone. Theyt are an easy DIY. Good break-in if you're new to DIY and want to get your hands dirty.
 

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I just replaced the rotors and pads (ceramic) for $75.00 total. I bought the parts at NAPA/Autozone. Theyt are an easy DIY. Good break-in if you're new to DIY and want to get your hands dirty.
Wow, mind sharing which ones (manufacturer)?
 

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Wow, mind sharing which ones (manufacturer)?
This was the front only. The Rotors were purchased at Autozone. I just looked at the receipt and they were $23 each and have a lifetime warranty. The pads are Morse ceramic pads and were $40. My grand total was actually $86. but I see where I used some of my Autozone Rewards Points and saved $10.
 
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