My Lexus ES 330 has about 21,000 miles. Lexus says all 4 wheels need new brake pads and resurface brake rotors anywhere between $800-$900. Does this sound about right to you?
A 2006 model with 21,000 miles????
I think I would get a second opinion from another shop. I would NOT expect your rear brakes (or even your front brakes) to need replacing at this mileage interval unless something was wrong. The rear brakes should last about 50,000 miles…maybe more if you drive mostly highway miles.
Even the front brakes…I am surprised that you need new brake pads in the front (front brakes do all the stopping power so they wear out twice as fast as the rear brakes) at this mileage as well, something does not sound right to me. I am suspicious.
I would expect you to pay about $500-600 for a complete 4 wheel brake job, depending on the labor rates of the shop…this is a very easy repair! I would however suggest you use genuine Lexus pads just to reduce noise issues related to cheap non Lexus pads. I hope the new pads last longer than these did though.
If you truly do need all 4 wheel brakes replaced I would be highly suspect of a two footed driver…resting one foot on the brake while the car is in motion.
You ran though those brakes twice as fast as would be expected. This MIGHT be a warranty issue…..I would definitely push them to look into this if you are certain you are not a two footed driver…something is wrong and will surely happen again.
Brake Job Cost
As to how much a brake job should cost, that is hard to say because of labor rates in different areas and what parts are actually being replaced.
A good rule of thumb is $125 per wheel, so $500 for a standard 4 wheel brake job on MOST cars.
If you are going to replace the brake rotors instead of resurfacing them I would add an additional $75 – $100 for each rotor you replace. There are 4 total brake rotors on your vehicle.
The FRONT brake rotors take more abuse, produce more heat (warped brake rotors) and do more of the stopping power over the rear brakes, so I would replace the FRONT rotors, but probably resurface the rear rotors.
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