It is time for new break pads on my 2006 Jetta (35,000 miles). My VW dealer says they will not just replace the pads, but insist on doing the rotors also…even if nothing is wrong with them. Is my dealer crazy, or am i missing something? They want to charge ne $500 just for rear breaks w/ the rotors.
So take it to a shop that WILL just replace the pads. There’s no law saying you have to give the dealership your business.
You might request some “brake” pads instead of “break” pads. I hear they’re usually sold at a discount if you ask nicely…
In most cases you are better off doing both. Unlike the drum brakes of the past, and even early rotors, generally by the time the pads are wearing down so is the rotor. Not replacing them can cost you more in the long run (paying twice for labor). Most rotors may look OK but likely are thinner than when they were new. I would expect that if you don't replace them, you will need to do so before the new pads wear out. [b] They want to charge ne $500 just for rear breaks w/ the rotors.[/b] If you are concerned about price, why are you having the dealer do the work? Dealers are no better (or worse) than independent mechanics for almost anything you might need done on your car. They will almost always charge more per hour and often more for parts and supplies. They also tend to look at repairs a little different than the independent. A dealer may well recommend work that strictly may not be needed, but could be connected to the problem or maybe replace a part when a little repair would fix it ALMOST as good a new. There is no need to bring your car to the dealer for any service other than service that is going to be paid for by a recall or original warrantee. During the warranty period be sure to have all required (as listed in the owner's manual) maintenance done and to document all maintenance work. I suggest that most people would be better off finding a good independent (Not working for a chain) mechanic.
Note: Never ever use a quick oil change place. They are fast cheap and very very bad.