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    Hello all, the Brake Pad yellow warning light has lit up on my dash. Anyone know roughly how much I'd be paying out to have the work done at BMW and/or an independent. I've got the BMW approved used warranty so presume would it to be done at BMW anyway so as not to invalidate the warranty? Also how many miles have I got left before the pads go completely?
    Any help much appreciated, thanks.
     
     

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    The warranty will have nothing to do with wear and tear items like brake pads, so you can use an independent. BMW will charge circa £200 supply and fit for presumably the front pair, but if you supply an independent the parts, you will end up paying just the labour. Don't go by how many miles you have left on the pads...it is more to do with how often you use your brakes.
     
     

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    I had to do mone this year (full set), supplied the parts myself and got my local indy to fit them - textar pads from GSF were £33, Brembo discs were £70 for the pair and labour was 1 hour at £69. You may find the parts are cheaper for your car though as the parts for the 325 were listed separately.

    As far as the warranty goes, as Neal says, it won't cover it. However, it is worth checking with BMW to see if having work done elsewhere will invalidate the warranty - as far as I know, as long as genuine / OE quality parts are used then you can have the work carried out wherever you want and BMW can't reject any warranty claims.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam_c View Post
    I had to do mone this year (full set), supplied the parts myself and got my local indy to fit them - textar pads from GSF were £33, Brembo discs were £70 for the pair and labour was 1 hour at £69. You may find the parts are cheaper for your car though as the parts for the 325 were listed separately.
    That my friend, would have cost circa £700 all corners for supply and fit at BMW .
     
     

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    When we went to BMW to have Lazylegs MINI cooper serviced they told us that the brake pads and disks required replacement. They did quote a price for this but when I asked about getting the job done elsewhere, if you get non genuine parts fitted then they do not warranty them or anything attached to them (calipers etc..).

    You need to buy and fit genuine parts if you want a valid warranty (but they can be fitted by anyone!). In the end, as the warranty was to expire on her MINI anyway - I went to Euro car parts and bought OEM (Brembo and Textar IIRC), and fitted them myself - but I have quite a lot of experience in this sort of thing.... Only takes an hour!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    That my friend, would have cost circa £700 all corners for supply and fit at BMW .
    F**K me -robbing barstewards

    That is a pretty outrageous difference in cost.

    No wonder the indy that I use said they seemed to be picking up work from stealers (especially in the current economic climate). They said that they have seen a noticeable increase in people bringing in newer cars to them over the likes of Stratstone (who have a pretty sh*tty attitude to customer servoce).
     
     

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    Quick update - I'm no good mechanically so have to rely on getting them done somewhere. Called up my nearest BMW dealer and they quoted £450 for front pads and discs! Phoned round a few others and ended up with BMW in Redhill, they quoted £229 so have settled for that. Its still a lot of money that I cant really spare but at least I'll know (well, hope anyway) it'll be done properly!
     
     

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