Date: Wed, 06 Aug 2003 19:42:50 +0100
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: 2001 9-3 Automatic Front Brake Pads need replacement at 20,000 miles

Irv Levine and Eileen Taxe Levine wrote: > This is our third SAAB (first automatic), have NEVER needed brake > replacement through 50,000 on first 2. > Dealer (asking $600 for replacement) insists this is "low range of normal" > for this wear item. > We drive mostly city, not hard drivers or brakers at all. > > Does this seem reasonable, or is there a concern that there is a problem > causing premature wear? It's not unheard of, but it's the $600 that most worries me - pads are around 30 (US$45), and they take all of 30 minutes to replace. That makes for an hourly rate of $550 for half an hour, or $1100 per hour. Now I realise prices are different in the US, but if one can really make $1100 per hour replacing brake pads, I'm on my way over - can I stay with one of you guys while I find a place to live? -- Grunff

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