Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 19:31:15 GMT
From: jw <>
Subject: 1984 900 S brakes cost (master cyl., calipers, etc.)

I bought my 1984 900 S last year with a relatively low 103K miles on the ticker, and in good overall shape. I had the clutch replaced, but other than that, it's been a great car, and I'm changing oil regulary and hoping its engine life is only half over. But since replacing the clutch early on, and having no other repair costs, the other shoe has dropped, so to speak. I knew that I probably needed a new master cylinder when at each hill stop I had to keep pressing the brake pedal down incrementally farther, or take my foot off and press it down again, or I'd begin to roll. But I kept procrastinating because it was barely noticeable and other than that the brakes worked fine. Then more recently I noticed a scraping noise at the wheels when I applied the brakes. I knew this was not good a good thing (small understatement), but hoped I'd get by with just replacing the pads. So I took it into my local mechanic, who confirmed the master cylinder needed replacing, but also said I need two new rear calipers, one front caliper and maybe new rotors. I had no idea the situation was this bad or I would have brought it in sooner to nip it in the bud. I'm thinking maybe the previous owners hadn't done any brake work in a long time. As a minimum, the mechanic suggested a new master cylinder (probably no way around that), the rear calipers and maybe they can resurface the rotors, which would run me at least $800. Does this sound like a reasonable price? I saw someone here say a new master cylinder from a Saab dealer was around $400. What about the calipers? This is the same shop that did my clutch, they have a "Saab specialist," although a different mechanic checked the brakes. I'm might bring it into Midas for another estimate, just to shop around a bit. I'm assuming Midas should be able to handle Saab brakes OK...? btw, this is $US, I'm in Rhode Island. Any info greatly appreciated. -John

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