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Depending on the type of driving you do and the way you drive directly reflects the life of any brake pads on any vehicle, for example, if you are traveling 100 miles per day to work and you are driving all freeway driving and very seldom have to use the brakes you may realize 35-40,00 miles before a pad change, on the other hand if you are in stop and go traffic you can expect this number to go in half or less depending on how many times you hit the brakes and from what speed you are doing so, the fatser you travel the more wear and tear you put on the brakes to stop all the vehicle, I have seen front pads wear out in 5,000 miles due to a young boy driving a vehicle wiothout given proper driver training, he would rest his foot on the brake pedal while driving all over town and didn't know he was doing so.... on the other hand i have seen brakes last almost 60,000 miles as the vehicle would go directly onto the freeway from the owners home and travel 100 miles one way to work only stopping four times each day.
If you have a brake problem such as a siezed brake caliper or similiar then you will notice a lot of brake wear and also excessive pulling when coming to a stop, this condition needs immediate attention.
Hope this works.
Happy Motoring!!

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

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  • ted1888 Jul 14, 2010

    Thank you for your response. One other question. About how much money should I have to pay to have the front pads and rotors replaced on a 2007 Range Rover?



    Thanks.

  • JOHN DAVIDSON Jul 14, 2010

    Generally the disc pads cost approx.69.99 and the rotors anywhere from 29.99-49.99 each and perhaps 1.3 hours labor that is times the hourly labor rate in your hometown...hope this helps.

    Happy Motoring!!

  • ted1888 Jul 14, 2010

    I'd like to quote these numbers to the people at Land Rover. They quoted me $1,000. What is the source of your information?

    Thanks.

  • JOHN DAVIDSON Jul 14, 2010

    I am sorry I have given you a single axle set price approximation, did you have all four wheels done?

    If so the price would at least double, and lets not forget that the dealerships generally get paid the highest labor rate they charge the highest for the parts as they are all factory(OEM) Orginal Equipment Manufactered parts, meaning the rotors are not imports from China who is now the cheapest and most stocked rotors on shelves through out the After market auto Parts world as well as the disc brake pads, so yes if you were at a dealer you do pay for the best of parts and supposedly for the best of factory trained certified technicians for your Rover, plus they probably give you a one year warrantee where other outside garages may only give you 30 days on parts not labor.

  • JOHN DAVIDSON Jul 14, 2010

    I apparently was far too low on my quote , I just got off the phone with Service in Mt. Kisco and they stated $840.00 plus tax for the fronts on a full sized range Rover.

    Ok to make it more interesting Auto Zone only carries the front disc pads by special order($59.99), they do not list the rotors, the dealer has a list price of $105.00 per rotor, and their price for the front pads are $135.00, they get $125.00 per hour labor, I am not sure why this vehicle was so much if it was for only the fronts with no other incidents?

    Perhaps they had to reset and scan the Computer for the ABS system as well?

  • JOHN DAVIDSON Jul 14, 2010

    I hope my advise to you has made common sense especially the original question of how long does the brake pads typically last, the rest is the dealership pricing with which I have no control, as I am here to help you fix the brakes and understand the longevity of the pads under severe and normal situations.

    Happy Motoring!!

  • JOHN DAVIDSON Jul 23, 2010

    Hope you appreciate my input and perhaps will rate me, as I have never heard from you since my last post?

    I went the "extra" mile on your behalf caiinig long distance.to find out what dealer charges are for the work you had them perform, it is always wise no matter what you are having done either auto work or surgery to get second and third opinions.

    I have been involved as business owner and technician for far too many years to count and have seen and heard it all, but I know that the car dealers do charge a premium in comparison to smaller operations, it only mkaes sense, look at the size of their operation in comparison to "Joe's Auto repair" the salaries alone must be staggering never mind the overhead rent and insurance, floorplans etc.

    Happy Motoring!!

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