In Reply to: $439 for original M3 rear rotors and break pads? posted by Steve ///98M3/4 on October 03, 2000 at 14:54:58:
No Euro floating rotors are not available for the rears.
I buy my parts from Nick Alexander in LA. I bought rear rotors for $55 each and Euros for $108 each. You can get OEM type pads (REPCO/PBR Metalmasters)for rear at $30 and fronts for $43. Do the work yourself. I can do the rear rotors and pads and bleed the brakes under one hour. But I have experience at it. It takes the same for the fronts, the process is the same. So if you mail order the parts and do the work yourself, the rear "brake job" cost $140. Or get the parts yourself and take them to the dealer or an independent and pay for the labor. Still about $200-$250 depending on labor. I have taken my parts to the dealer before and they never bitched at me for bringing my own parts.
Worse case is paying the stealer prices. I estimate $95 each per rear rotor and say $85 for rear pads and 1.5 hours labor @ $75/hr. Hence, $388 plus shop supplies and tax. Say, $425 total. So I guess the stealer is pretty close to this estimate. But I say these prices are way to high for me to pay.
Learn to do the work yourself or buy the parts cheaply, but with quality and go to an independent or lastly take the parts to the dealer and pay labor.
OBTW, I do give the dealer some of my business. Mainly, when I don't care to do certain work. I can do the basics and all service type stuff. I don't mind paying the dealer for work, especially since he gives me a free loaner car. That's worth alot to me, since my M3 is the only car I have.
Also, don't forget to ask for your BMWCCA discount for the parts and sometimes labor. You can get 10-15% off. If you are not a BMWCCA member, shame on you (my apologies if you are a member). Everyone with a M3 should be a member. Basic requirement that should be made at time of purchase. Just my opinion.
1997 M3 Coupe