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  1. safcalibur

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    Hi guys,

    The rear brake pads on my Mazda 6 2005 1.8l petrol, need replacing so I called about to get some quotes and cheapest I found so far is £90 all in Inc vat.

    I then got to thinking whether it would be cost effective to buy the brake pads myself and get a local garage to fit them. Is this a better option? If so, which one of the two links below would you go for and, stupid question alert, do I buy just one set for both rear wheels or would I need to buy two?

    Brake pads, rear Mazda 6, all models 2002-13, 1.8, 2.0, 2.3 petrol & diesel | eBay

    BRAKE PAD SET REAR - MAZDA 6 2002-2008 HTP1527AF | eBay

    Thanks

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    I am not sure you will save anything to be honest. Changing the pads is probably a couple hours work which will be £80 or so I would guess. The garage I doubt put much if an thing on the parts anyway in terms of mark up.
     
  3. Sloppy Bob

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    I certainly wouldn't buy brake pads off ebay. God only knows what quality they are and they're quite important.

    The garage probably makes a bot of a mark up off them as they'll get a discount compared to you for having a trade account, but at least you'll know they come from a reliable source.
     
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    OK thanks guys, looks like I'll be getting it all done from a garage then, £90 all in isn't too bad by the sounds of it.
     
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    The 'generic brand' pads off ebay probably aren't any worse than the ones his garage are fitting.
    How many people check what brand a garage is fitting?
    They don't, 99% of the time it will be generic parts from a motor factor.
    Nothing wrong with buying quality brand pads off ebay though, it's only an online shop like any other.
    Quality brands are the likes of Ferodo/AP/Brembo/EBC.
     
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    Thanks FZR, do you mean something like these

    MAZDA 6 EBC Ultimax Brake Pads Rear (Set) DP729 | eBay
     
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    Great stuff, thanks mate. Looks like this time round I'll have to go garage all in as have booked in for tomorrow morning unless I change the day, will have a think. Good to know the decent brands out there.

    Would I have to order two lots of those brake pads so one for each wheel or does one set have enough for both?

    Thanks

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    Hmm, not sure.
    The ad does say 'set', but £19.99 for four pads sounds unlikely to me, maybe that's per pair of pads (or per wheel, if you prefer).
    You never know though, best to contact them to clarify.
     
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    Yeah that's what I was thinking about contacting them, have sent them a message hopefully they'll get back to me soon.

    Cheers for your help mate :)

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    I'd be more worried about them being fake (yes they do exist) than if I bought them from a reputable online shop. Hence I wouldn't buy off ebay.
     
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    Thanks Bob, I guess the concern being more around eBay than anything else. Is there anywhere you know of or would recommend for buying brakes?

    Thanks

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    Again, plenty of reputable shops use ebay as an outlet.
    It's not all dodgy people selling fakes from their bedrooms.;)
    Even if a reputable shop has a proper website, I will often use their ebay outlet for the sheer ease of buying via paypal.
     
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    That's fantastic John, thank you very much! Just called up Halfords in Cambridge, got the car booked in tomorrow for brake check and if all good they will change the pads and sign me up to their brakes for life thing which sounds brilliant. Best of all, they price matched the lowest quote I got! Happy days!!

    The brake for life scheme sounds excellent as even if you change vehicle, you just let them know and your cover carries on with your new vehicle!
     
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    If you remember, ask what brand they use?
    Just curious.
     
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    No problem mate. The website says they use OE equivalent parts but will ask them.

    cheers

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    I had the rear brakes on my Jaguar XF changed by them and they fitted Bosch as far as I remember - they were better than the OEM ones in that they produced much less "dust"
     
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    Quick update on this. So after booking in with Halfords I did a bit of research on the net and there were various comments coming up about this brakes for life offer with some people saying that after the initial brake inspection that get told that their brake discs are below manufacture limit and there have to pay to change discs or any other fault found before having brakes fitted under the brakes for life deal. Thought 'great, don't want to end up spending more than necessary' and was half tempted to cancel the appointment but as the car had had a recent mot the only advisory on there was that the rear brake pads were running low so if I thought there we pulling a fast one I had something to back me up.

    Anyway, got to the auto centre spoke to really nice chap behind the counter who said the brake test would take about an hour and they'd get back to me. An hour and a bit later got a phone call from them, I was fully expecting to be told that there was lots wrong with the car that I needed to get fixed now with a cost of x hundred pounds! Was pleasantly surprised when the guy told me that in fact everything was OK and that I didn't need my brake changing yet, but it was up to me! He said front and back brake discs wetter well above manufacture limit and that the pads were at 4mm which he said was an amber warning, he said they usually replace then at 2-3mm and that they had maybe a couple of thousand miles still left in them! Happy days! I was very pleased with this and thought I'd put this up to share with you guys. Will most definitely be booking the car in with then when I get the brakes changed and a big shout out to Lee and Paul from the Cambridge auto centre branch, have restored my faith in mechanics again lol!
     
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    No worries just doing my job....
     
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    about 30mins to fit and a few hours waiting for the pads to arrive.
     

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