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Old 04-14-2019, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeff T. View Post
I've never heard a complaint about these. Coming from a C5 plenty used them.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Rear-...ss!60005!US!-1
That price looks to good to be true and I don't see an option for Z51 brakes?
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by oemtech View Post
Brake Performance has 4 dimpled/slotted rotors & semi metallic pads shipped free and Lifetime Warranty for $484.

Hell give me $200 for labir and I will do them. Drive to my place in Jarrell, Tx a WE can them for free.
If you go with just drilled rotors and semi metallic pads it's only $426.

OP you do what you think is best for you but no way I would give the stealership a grand in labor to do my brakes, they won't respect you in the morning either.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:10 PM
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I own a 2008 C6 Coupe with Z51 package. The car has 55,000 miles and the front brakes are at .002 thickness. Rears are at .004. Both the local Chevrolet dealer, Valmark Chevrolet in New Braunfels, TX, and and independent we’ve worked with, Christian Bros., are quoting me $1,475. This includes front and rear rotors (drilled), pads, and labor. Does this seem “in the ballpark” cost-wise?

My son, who recently did the brakes on his Chevy Silverado, says we should do this ourselves. I’m mechanically inclined (tool salesman for Proto early in my career) but brakes are a critical safety issue and I don’t want to tackle something with life or death consequences if it’s a complex fix. Perhaps this is a straightforward job with YouTube guidance.

The days of $300 brake jobs are long gone and if the quotes I’ve received are reasonable, and I can’t save much doing it myself, I’ll pick one of these two to do the work. Appreciate suggestions.
Yes, it is a relatively simple job, and if you follow instructions, no worries. Nothing complex involved.

Why would you go to the dealer for a brake job? Are they better mechanics than a reputable independent shop? Unless you don't mind paying for your dealer's vacation, there is no need to go to a dealer for any regular maintenance/repair item. A good indy shop will be able to do your brakes for probably $400, or $650 if you need new rotors.

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Old 04-14-2019, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by cadyshac View Post
That price looks to good to be true and I don't see an option for Z51 brakes?
They have them listed in their online store for the Z51.Used them on my C5 and my F-150 with no problems after many miles.When the C6 needs brakes,this is where I will go.Fast delivery and a 10 year warranty.

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Old 04-14-2019, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by thehueg View Post
I own a 2008 C6 Coupe with Z51 package. The car has 55,000 miles and the front brakes are at .002 thickness. Rears are at .004. Both the local Chevrolet dealer, Valmark Chevrolet in New Braunfels, TX, and and independent we’ve worked with, Christian Bros., are quoting me $1,475. This includes front and rear rotors (drilled), pads, and labor. Does this seem “in the ballpark” cost-wise?

My son, who recently did the brakes on his Chevy Silverado, says we should do this ourselves. I’m mechanically inclined (tool salesman for Proto early in my career) but brakes are a critical safety issue and I don’t want to tackle something with life or death consequences if it’s a complex fix. Perhaps this is a straightforward job with YouTube guidance.

The days of $300 brake jobs are long gone and if the quotes I’ve received are reasonable, and I can’t save much doing it myself, I’ll pick one of these two to do the work. Appreciate suggestions.
Are you in the New Braunfels area or in Milwaukee? I live in Canyon Lake area and could give you a hand. PM me if you are interested. I've got a Z51 package on my 2008 base and tore my calipers apart and had them powder coated then rebuilt them, changed to ceramic pads and bled the system (not the ABS as I don't have a Tech II) but it worked for me.

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Old 04-14-2019, 10:30 PM
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Buy the parts yourself from a discount online dealer and visit your local shop. There I no difference with Corvette brakes abs and other car with 4 wheels disks. 4 rotors and factory z51 pads should be about 600-700.
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:12 PM
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Considering I had just my front rotors replaced and new ac delco pads on my 2013 Silverado couple years ago for I think 615$ that sounds about right.... Actually cheaper then I would of thought considering it's a newer type Vette and u need front and rear. That being said I own a c4 and considering an 06 coupe. That's the reason I clicked on c6 discussion and not my typical c4 discussions. Anything I should know or consider about the 06 that I should beware of??? It should be noted that I'm not mechanically inclined to work on them so anything that most would consider an easy job to do themselves I would have to take to my mechanic. It won't be my daily driver either just a fair weather car that otherwise will be kept in storage under cover until such time I can afford a house again(divorce 10 yrs ago).
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:30 PM
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Stepps, You will find the C6 '06 to be better engineered and more reliable than the C4. Many people have concerns about the Harmonic Balancer, but most owners don't know what it is, have never had it diagnosed as a problem, and drive their cars like everyone else. As for specifics, there is a lot of information on the FAQ page. You will be thrilled with the car!

As for brakes, I put a complete 4-wheel set of non-GM J55 rotors and pads (identical to Z51) on my car for $175. Took me about two hours, including jacking, stands, etc. For anyone to pay dealer prices for a brake job is practically a crime. The materials are no better, and they wind up charging you between $500 and $600 per hour labor.
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by buckmeister2 View Post
...and they wind up charging you between $500 and $600 per hour labor.
Very unlikely. Too bad he didn't post the estimate, I'd bet they're charging close to $1000 for the parts and the rest is labor. GM dealers like to sell GM or Delco parts. And yes, a decent tech who wants to do a pit crew-speed brake job (including retrieving the car from the lot, pulling it in, setting the hoist, removing the wheels, picking up the parts from the counter, etc. etc.) can maybe do it all in an hour, but I've never seen one attempt it. And I worked with some good techs. Regardless, nearly every shop in the country charges book time, or they won't stay in business long.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by 919cw313 View Post
Very unlikely. Too bad he didn't post the estimate, I'd bet they're charging close to $1000 for the parts and the rest is labor. GM dealers like to sell GM or Delco parts. And yes, a decent tech who wants to do a pit crew-speed brake job (including retrieving the car from the lot, pulling it in, setting the hoist, removing the wheels, picking up the parts from the counter, etc. etc.) can maybe do it all in an hour, but I've never seen one attempt it. And I worked with some good techs. Regardless, nearly every shop in the country charges book time, or they won't stay in business long.
I did not mean the invoice will show $500 per hour. That will be the real world rate. His estimate was $1500. The parts will list on the invoice for about $1000, but the actual cost to the dealer will be under $500, leaving $1000 for labor. The job will be done in 90 minutes, give or take a few minutes. The real world labor rate earned for the shop will be around $500 to $600 per hour. The invoice will reflect book time, but the job will be done in 90 minutes, or thereabouts. The invoice will show a nice neat package of $1500 worth of work performed.

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Old 04-15-2019, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by cadyshac View Post
If you go with just drilled rotors and semi-metallic pads it's only $426.

OP you do what you think is best for you but no way I would give the stealership a grand in labor to do my brakes, they won't respect you in the morning either.
I have seen cracks on drilled... I would go with dimpled, slotted or dimple/slotted.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:51 PM
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I trust myself more than a dealer mechanic just because I know I'll put a lot more attention to detail into the job.
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Originally Posted by buckmeister2 View Post
I did not mean the invoice will show $500 per hour. That will be the real world rate. His estimate was $1500. The parts will list on the invoice for about $1000, but the actual cost to the dealer will be under $500, leaving $1000 for labor. The job will be done in 90 minutes, give or take a few minutes. The real world labor rate earned for the shop will be around $500 to $600 per hour. The invoice will reflect book time, but the job will be done in 90 minutes, or thereabouts. The invoice will show a nice neat package of $1500 worth of work performed.
Not really how the business works but I see where you're coming from now.

Either way, $1400 for a brake job is ridiculous.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:23 PM
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Rock Auto has a great package for less.

Did my friends last summer - good price and great braks from Rock Auto...

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Old 04-15-2019, 04:42 PM
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Thank you buckmeister2 much appreciated!!! I'll keep that in mind. I haven't even received the title in the mail yet for the 94 I just bought. I just have a bad taste in my mouth because the original owner was at about retirement age and told me there was absolutely nothing wrong with the car. It was adult driven and only had 39,000 miles. To the untrained buyer(me) the car was clearly beautiful as obviously well taken care of. Always covered and garaged. I kinda was ok with overpaying for that reason. Ended up paying 12,800$ for it. Only to find a thumb nail size oil drop under the car where I stored it. Being **** as I am I took it to my mechanic long story short and three gaskets and 1500.00$ to fix it. I think the fact that he rarely drove it might be why the gaskets went bad(at least that's what I have to believe) but it'll always be in the back of my mind ya know. This being the first thing I could buy myself since my divorce 10 yrs ago it was just heart breaking is all. Also a little disappointed with the power. I understand it's 1994 technology and all and don't get me wrong she's plenty fast for what I need. Just thinking a newer year from someone who drives the car a little more then NEVER ya know. The one I'm trying to test drive tomorrow is a 6 speed manual with 30k odometer. Even though I originally bought the auto because I drove a truck at work my whole life now that I'm retired from that job it might be fun to drive a sports car manual especially since it won't be my daily driver. Sorry so long but thanks again for your advise and knowledge!
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Labor on the estimate was $456 out of the $1,500 total estimate. Rate was I think $120/hour so they're claiming 4 hours, or 1 hour per wheel for labor. Must be a lot of drinking and smoke breaks going on as they do each wheel.
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$126 SHIPPED for 4 rotors with ceramic pads from brakemotive plus an afternoon of leisurely wrenching. Granted I don't have the z51 brakes but unless you're getting one hell of an upgrade you're being bent over at $1500
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$126 SHIPPED for 4 rotors with ceramic pads from brakemotive plus an afternoon of leisurely wrenching. Granted I don't have the z51 brakes but unless you're getting one hell of an upgrade you're being bent over at $1500
Captain, brakemotive is what i bought...J55 brakes, same as Z51. I have installed maybe 5 complete sets of BM brakes, and never once had a problem. I believe they are as good as OEM.
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Originally Posted by PDsVettes View Post
Are you in the New Braunfels area or in Milwaukee? I live in Canyon Lake area and could give you a hand. PM me if you are interested. I've got a Z51 package on my 2008 base and tore my calipers apart and had them powder coated then rebuilt them, changed to ceramic pads and bled the system (not the ABS as I don't have a Tech II) but it worked for me.
Next time you flush out your brakes you may want to try this. Do and couple spirited stops on a gravel road so as to make your ABS kick on and flush out the pump.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:34 AM
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Both Zip Corvette and Rock Auto offer the "Power Stop" brand for about $375-$425 including four rotors (drilled and slotted) and four sets of ceramic pads. I've never heard of this brand and was curious if you guys are familiar with it or if you have heard good things about these two sellers? I'm certainly open to a forum vendor but am unfamiliar with who might offer what I'm looking for.
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