Date: 18 Oct 2004 17:31:04 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 break rotors - are they routinely changed at 20K miles?

On 18 Oct 2004 09:22:56 -0700, John B. <> wrote: > I just got back from my dealer after a 30K mile scheduled service. I have a > 2002 9-3 conv. The dealer claims that my break rotors are thin and need > replacement, for $600. It's a 45 minute job with normal hand tools. The most "exotic" thing is a 5mm (7mm?) allen wrench. > The dealer claims and I quote "SAABs have very thin rotors and they cannot > be machined. Wrong. Find a better dealer. > It's routine to have rotors changed at 18K-20K on a SAAB 9-3 Wrong. > and I did very well reaching 30K. Right now, if I slam on the breaks, > there's a chance the rotors may shatter". Never heard of such a thing. > I am a bit suspicious because this is my second 9-3 conv. (the other a '99) > and I never had a problem with that one, I had Midas change my pads at 36K > miles. I also owned over 10 cars and I never heard of rotors needing > replacement every 20K-30K miles. I just helped a friend do front rotors on a 9-3 with 30,000+ miles, and the old ones are still well within spec (and he drives city miles almost exclusively). The pads were half gone. We did brakes because he wanted ventilated rotors, so we did the whole thing (both sides, pads and rotors in the front) in well under an hour. 150 bucks worth of parts (ventilated rotors from and pads from same). > I specifically asked the dealer to check my pads/breaks during the 20K mile > service and all was good then. I asked whether it would make a difference > had my pads been changed back on the 20K service and the dealer said "no, it > wouldn't SAAB rotors need to be changed all the time, even if you change the > pads. Find a better dealer, this one is trying to take advantage of you not knowing the car. > Is this guy for real or am I being taken to the cleaners (I haven't > authorized the job yet BTW). Good. Don't. If you want step-by-step instructions let us know, it's not difficult at all. Do you have a measuring device to measure the brake rotor thickness? Are they pulsing (warped) or badly grooved? Dave Hinz

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