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My 981 has now 40k miles and needs a complete brake job, rotor and pad replacement, I don't want to pay $4,000 front and $4,000 rear dealer quoted me, anyone knows a reputable indi in North or Central Florida where I can take my baby to get new brakes?

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Okay ...I have to say that news would absolutely make me start scouring the internet for videos of DIY ! I have changed the rotors and pads on a few cars and found it to be pretty easy, I have not changed my Boxster yet but I will when the time comes.....$4000...seriously! wow that is just crazy. I wonder why they inflate their prices so much actually sending their customers elsewhere? Well I hope you find an Indie in your area, will probably wind up costing a total of 2000 for all!
 

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$4K would be cheap if your brakes are PCCB (carbon fiber rotors with yellow calipers)

For steel rotors, New rotors and stock OEM pads with good parts is about $1K. At 40K miles, a full brake fluid flush should be required. Are you sure the price isn't the full 40K service, which includes new spark plugs?

DIY video for front brakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M54h5cKPbMQ It looks like they reuse old bolts and rotor screws and do not use a torque wrench to set the caliper bolt torque, which should be replaced, but procedurally, it is OK otherwise. The mechanic removes the rotor screws with a Phillips screwdriver, which is rare, unless they loosened them before they shot the video. Usually requires penetrating oil and and impact tool to break them free.

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My 981 has now 40k miles and needs a complete brake job, rotor and pad replacement, I don't want to pay $4,000 front and $4,000 rear dealer quoted me, anyone knows a reputable indi in North or Central Florida where I can take my baby to get new brakes?

Appreciated, thank you guys!
Can't help with an indie local to you, but that price is astonishing. You don't have ceramics by any chance?

FYI, I paid $750 CDN (about $600 USD) for front pads and rotors at a local indie. The Porsche dealership quoted me about $1400 for the same.
 
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I just did a fast internet search. $666 for pagid rotors and pads and sensors front and back! Sorry I would never pay that dealer to do anything!
 

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Thank you guys for your response guys, mine are steel rotors and they are quoting just the replacement of pads and rotors not part of the regular maintenance job. Will definitely try find local indi not well versed mechanically.
 

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Thank you guys for your response guys, mine are steel rotors and they are quoting just the replacement of pads and rotors not part of the regular maintenance job.
I was extremely lucky to find, by pure chance, a local shop that doesn't hire monkeys and tries to keep the people there. Plus, the owner is a car enthusiast. He was very honest with me (way back to my BMW-owning days) and told me to get parts and he will do all the work that does not require software or computer. This is a local shop that is nothing special, no "motoren werke", "imports", "luxury" or similar in the name, works mostly on normal people's cars. Yet, they never put a foot wrong and prices are ... well, incredible. For what they charge for work when I provide parts, there is no reason for me to spend an afternoon wrenching in a hot garage. May they stay open with same owner for all the years I live in the area.

For me, it started with my wife going there to fix some brake issue or other on her VW Beetle some 12 years ago or so. So, maybe go find a shop with a normal car first and see how you like them, then ask if they would work on a Porsche for a brake job.

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Thank you guys for your response guys, mine are steel rotors and they are quoting just the replacement of pads and rotors not part of the regular maintenance job. Will definitely try find local indi not well versed mechanically.
Genesis, the brakes on these cars are pretty straight forward and fairly easy to do, perhaps the only 'specialized tool' being a Motive Bleeder that cost about $60-70 USD, and you can get all the parts from Pelican or FCP Euro, where you could buy the Stebro or Zimmerman rotors (both are made in Germany) someone suggested already, check Youtube for a DYI tutorial.

PS: Schnell has a full set (F/R) of Stebro rotors for $380 and pads (w/sensors) for $235… :)
 

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My 981 has now 40k miles and needs a complete brake job, rotor and pad replacement, I don't want to pay $4,000 front and $4,000 rear dealer quoted me, anyone knows a reputable indi in North or Central Florida where I can take my baby to get new brakes?

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Should be a bit less if you don't get the gold plated titanium rotors and diamond dust impregnated pads.
 

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Even a full service shouldn’t be 8k. Your talking almost engine out Ferrari prices. Brakes are easy DIY.
Totally agree.. $ 4 grand an axle is simply robbery! I just replaced my rear rotors and pads -- did it at home and parts were <$500 including new caliper bolts -- which are recommended by all good shops.
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I watched a few youtube DIY videos and then replaced my pads and rotors. The parts are not that expense, unless you purchase high end pads. It took me a few hours, but I was going slow and cleaning and lubricating as I went.
 

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My 981 has now 40k miles and needs a complete brake job, rotor and pad replacement, I don't want to pay $4,000 front and $4,000 rear dealer quoted me, anyone knows a reputable indi in North or Central Florida where I can take my baby to get new brakes?

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If your in the Houston area try Modern Aircooled
 

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I watched a few youtube DIY videos and then replaced my pads and rotors. The parts are not that expense, unless you purchase high end pads. It took me a few hours, but I was going slow and cleaning and lubricating as I went.
So, Yes! DIY is the way to go. You will have new brakes, a sense of accomplishment, a relaxed weekend afternoon, and funds for a bunch of nice dinners with the better half left over ;-)

That said, the temptation is high to scour the interwebs for the lowest cost rotors and pads. They are all shiny new, and the pads say "OE Performance" or some such. Don't! Look at how you use the car. Grocery getter - sure - noone will ever know the difference. Occasional DE? You won't make it past the warm up laps. Far East alloys are optimized for cost, not friction. Same for pads. Fine OE suppliers, Zimmermann is known good (no affiliation). Then find a pad that has a data sheet (or just go OE Brembo, which wears quickly on track, but doesn't fade, at least).

New bolts are optional IMO. They have a coating on them which will wear off after a while. Using studs is the way to go if you have to change pads a lot (track use), which doesn't seem to be the case for you. If the rotor screw is seized on, that means you are not using your brakes enough. They will loosen themselves if you load up the brakes a lot .. All stuff I learnt from my own Cayman over the years.

This is your opportunity to tailor the brakes to how you use your car and save some $'s in the process. ;-)
 

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Holly Molly - I read the original post quickly and thought that $4,000 for a brake job was overpriced. Then I read down and someone said $4,000 per axel. “Now that guy didn’t read the post right,” I said. Nope $8,000.

Please please shame that dealer. Post their name. Tell PCNA. Tell PCA. Tell the world. They deserve it.
 

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I has a similar experience 2 weeks ago in Annapolis. Dealer quoted me $1800 plus for front and $1800 plus for rear. I went to a an independent shop 1 block away and got all 4 done for $1500.
 

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That is a crazy pricing, I would replace rotors with Sebro less expensive and they are better than OEM, Parts are about $500 for the Sebro Rotors or $750 OEM, Pads are about $300 OEM, this is for all 4 wheels, Pelican is a good source if you decide to do it yourself.
 

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My 981 has now 40k miles and needs a complete brake job, rotor and pad replacement, I don't want to pay $4,000 front and $4,000 rear dealer quoted me, anyone knows a reputable indi in North or Central Florida where I can take my baby to get new brakes?

Appreciated, thank you guys!

Try Breitwerks, just north of Melbourne, FL Porsche Engine Rebuilds and Performance Enhancements They did an oil change & brake flush on my 981 for about half of what the dealer quoted.
 
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