Date: 18 Oct 2004 09:22:56 -0700
From: (John B.)
Subject: 9-3 break rotors - are they routinely changed at 20K miles?

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. The dealer claims and I quote "SAABs have very thin rotors and they cannot be machined. It's routine to have rotors changed at 18K-20K on a SAAB 9-3 and I did very well reaching 30K. Right now, if I slam on the breaks, there's a chance the rotors may shatter". 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 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. Is this guy for real or am I being taken to the cleaners (I haven't authorized the job yet BTW). Thanks, John

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