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Brake Service by local mechanic

Old 01-21-2019, 11:25 PM
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Brake Service by local mechanic

I use a 2006 R350 that needs brake service. Brake service message is appearing in my car, so I believe I need regular brake job - brake pad & rotor replacement. The MB dealer estimate is around $2100 - instead I want to use a local mechanic/shop ( MIDAS ). What's the recommendation - is there any risk getting it done inexpensively by a local shop?
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Old 01-31-2019, 08:47 PM
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Better by a local independent Mercedes mechanic ... who is likely to have seen a Mercedes before.
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:35 PM
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ditto. yet there is nothing special about mercedes brake jobs.. if they can get the parts fast enough including the wear indicators. better to go to an MB experienced indy.
Key is also proper DOT 4 + fluid.. I always use MB OEM. used regular dot 4 name brand but abs warning came on.. had to flush with MB.
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I don't have at hand the cost of my most recent brake job, but that quote sounds really high. I had it done by a local German car repair shop who knows Mercedes.

I can't say that I would recommend Midas.
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Does the R class vehicles have the SBC brake by wire system like the 2006 E and CLS class cars? I am looking at an 06' R500 and the LR rotor looks to be grooved. Thank you!
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I just had rears done on my R500, and it was $272, but I dont think I had to do rotors, just pads and hardware. Also, did not have to flush brake fluid this time. FWIW, I went to Brakes Plus, but I have used them for years and know the guys. Not sure how I would feel about using a different, non MB, shop.
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