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Recently bought a 2012 subaru wrx sti. Checked with subaru and the brake pads and rotors need replacing. They wanted to charge me $2260 for parts and labor. Is this a good price or am I being ripped off? Other questions I have are

- Is it better to buy genuine subaru parts seperate and let them install them or is it better to let them handle everything?

- How much did it cost you to repair your subi brake pads+rotors?
 

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Holy crap!!!!! That is a lot of money. Have you ever changed brakes on a car before? its not that hard to do yourself. I would buy aftermarket anyway. You can get like stop tech slotted rotors and hawk HPS pads much cheaper than that and do it yourself.
 

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OE pads are like $800 or so, if I remember correctly.

Go aftermarket, and get a mechanically-inclined friend to come over and help you install before some pizza and beer. STI brakes aren't all that difficult, and you can be in/out for $500 in parts + $50 on food/beer.
 

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$50 is damn expensive pizza and beer. Pro tip- don't buy the pizza and beer until the job is ready. Then surprise him with a carryout $5 pizza and a couple 24oz bud lights. You can get away with that for around $10.

As far as the real question of the brakes, I don't have a clue. Hope that helps.
 

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ProZach626 said:
$50 is damn expensive pizza and beer.
12-pack of craft beer - $15
Pizza, wings, delivery/tip - $35

My $.02:

We're talking about this person asking a favor of someone to help them save $1500+, by giving up a morning or afternoon to teach them how to do the job (that they wouldn't be able to DIY). $50 on food and beer that you'll split with them doesn't seem bad to me; if someone asked me to come over and teach them how to do a brake job and then offered me a $5 carryout Lil Caesars pizza and a Bud Light tallboy, I'd be gracious, but offended. I likely would also decline any future requests from this person.

It's a little different than me chatting with one of my buddies about weekend plans, where I mention I was planning on a brake job, and they volunteer to come over and help because they haven't got anything else going on; you were going to do it yourself anyway, but you've got the extra hand as a benefit. Those are situations where splitting a 6er of Yuengling and hot dogs on the grill are appropriate (you get what I was planning on cooking myself after finishing).


If the food/beer barter system isn't on par for services performed, that offer is no longer valid. Moving forward, only cash payments will be accepted.
 
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