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Danny, VW Mechanic
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how much should it cost to replace rear brake pads and rotors

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how much should it cost to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2003 VW Passat?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Danny replied 7 years ago.

That really depends on where you take it, their shoprate, and if the parts are factory or not. Basically at my shop it's about $250 or so installed, more like $450 installed at the dealer. Most shops mark their parts up to list so usually you're going to be talking $350 - $450 for quality factory parts installed. Is that about what you were quoted?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I was quoted $150 for the brake pads and $200 for the rotors and I am not sure if they are factory parts. Are you saying that you charge $250 for both installed? Also, do both need to be replaced at the same time or can they be done separately?
Expert:  Danny replied 7 years ago.
I replace them at the same time, it's industry standard because rotors are so thin that if you turn them they warp.

Is that $350 installed? I charge $250 but I'm not the norm, I only charge $60 an hour and barely mark my parts up, definitely not to list.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for the reply Danny and it is $350 installed. Please confirm if this is a good deaI. Also, I have ONE last question before I accept. The same mechanic quoted me $290 to replace the ABS sensor light? Is this is a fair price and do I even need to replace the sensor right now if I am going to have the brake pads replaced? Thank you so much for your help.
Expert:  Danny replied 7 years ago.
Ok, so if those parts are original parts that's a good price, if they are aftermarket parts then it isn't a great deal but it isn't the worst deal ever.

As far as the ABS sensor if that's the front sensor that's about right, for a rear sensor that's probably a little high, and if your ABS light is on changing the pads isn't going to fix that.

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