aftermarket brake pads/rotors

skyfox

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My '99 Beetle TDI failed VA state inspection yesterday because the front brake pads and rotors need to be replaced. The mechanic quoted me $218 for parts and $147 for labor. This is not a VW dealer, just a local gas station. Anyway, I've put together what seems to be better parts for about $133. Can anyone tell me if these will be as easy to install as the OEM parts? The place I'd be ordering from has a 20% restock fee so I'd rather not send them back!

Brembo Vented Disc, Front, Sold Individually, Machined To Exact OEM Specs $39
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/performance/psearch.php?part_number=N1000-104477

Bendix BRAKE PAD SET, FRONT, CERAMIC -- Direct Fit $57
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/performance/psearch.php?part_number=BFD768CT

Also, is it worth the extra $$ to get these ceramic pads? They sell a semi-metallic set for $43.
 

dieseldorf

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Fox, what is your experience performing this work (on other vehicles)?

Check TDiparts.com....I think they've got a pkg deal going, too.

Yes, $125-$150 sounds right assuming YOU are providing labor. Keep in mind, with the advent of internet shopping, many of us can buy components for less $$ than your favorite service outlet who uses their traditional supply channels. ;)
 

skyfox

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Thanks for the reply, Dieseldorf. Actually, I'm still going to have the mechanic perform the labor since I am somewhat "mechanically challenged." I just wanted to make sure these aftermarket parts wouldn't give him any problems and are as compatible as VW parts.
 

dieseldorf

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I'd buy from a recognized source and you won't have any issues.

You'd better get his permission to bring your own parts. Some places will not deal with that.
 

golfstream

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The Brembo rotors are fine.

Don't know much about those ceramic pads though.

I've been using the Pagid pads from Impex with the Brembo rotors and it makes for a nice setup... as good or better than OEM.

Mel
 

skyfox

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One more question, and this may sound dumb but...

I need to replace the pads on both front wheels. Does that mean I need to buy 1 set of pads, or 2? It says they come in pairs, but aren't there 2 pads on each wheel?
 

meganuke

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1 box of pads typically contains 4 pads, 2 for each side.
 
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dieseldorf

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Just buy one set of pads for the front axles.
 

TornadoRed

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golfstream said:
I've been using the Pagid pads from Impex with the Brembo rotors and it makes for a nice setup... as good or better than OEM.
I have Pagid pads with Brembo rotors on the front of my Golf, and I hate those pads. They are incredibly dusty. I will be replacing them next week, even though they are probably good for another 50k miles or more.
 

skyfox

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Does anybody know whether a 1999 Beetle TDI has brake wear sensors on the front? Mine are so worn down that they failed inspection, but I've never seen a light for it!
 

Fortuna Wolf

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When I replace my fronts I'm going to go with Hawk HPS pads and OEM style rotors. Should cost me $110 if you look at the right place. They'll be real easy to replace. It should take a good mechanic less than an hour to change both, so I wouldn't pay more than $80 for labor.
 

chromeBuddha

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Do you see the icon in your display when the key is in the ON position at startup?

skyfox said:
Does anybody know whether a 1999 Beetle TDI has brake wear sensors on the front? Mine are so worn down that they failed inspection, but I've never seen a light for it!
 

skyfox

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No, I don't see an icon for it. But, there is one that doesn't light up with all the others. I can tell its there because there are icons above and below (on the lower left).
 

Thermo1223

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skyfox said:
No, I don't see an icon for it. But, there is one that doesn't light up with all the others. I can tell its there because there are icons above and below (on the lower left).
Could be a fluke, if it's not there at startup then it won't light period.
 

skyfox

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When I first bought the car I pulled one of the relays to kill daytime running lights. Maybe that killed the brake wear light too!
 

Thermo1223

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I thought you just had to bend a pin to do that in the light switch not that I would, nothing wrong with daytimes although I think they should have cut the voltage on them to save bulb life a bit.
 
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