I'm new to this forum and I've just got myself a 2007 Golf FSI from a private sale and after having it safety inspected by Halfords they've handed me over an 850 pounds plus worth of work that needs doing to make it Safe, or as they say.
What they've listed down are the Front and back brake discs and pads along with the rear calipers - this work alone is expecting to cost me around 650 pounds...
Now i'm confused whether its worth dishing out 25% of the overall value of the car that i just literally payed to get it fixed OR should i just get some bits from a nearby breaker yard and then have them done at some local garage.
I'll probably buy the break pads, but I'm not sure for everyday usage the discs also need to be brand new?
Any help/advice/recommendations would be appreciated.
I have an 07 Mk5 1.9Tdi and think it highly unlikely that there's that much wrong with your car.
You don't say much about the car but if you bought it as a runner with an MOT I just cant see that much deteriorating in a short period of time.
Many people have commented about Halfords and whilst I don't like to generalise there are outlets that do seem to find problems with brakes in particular. I bought mine 6 years ago and shortly after had it into a VW main dealer for some warranty work and they told me that it needed new discs and pads all round. I took it home and carried out my own inspection checking the specs of pad and disk thickness's against the items on the car and they were all fine. 30k miles and the discs are still fine and I changed the pads about 6 months ago.
I had a "sticky" calliper a couple of weeks ago and had to take it off the car for a check and ended up stripping it down, cleaning it and re-assembling (no parts needed) before re-fitting. All are original.
As already mentioned even if all the items (disks,pads,callipers) needed replacing you can get all new parts for less than £300
There are different options fitted and the best way to ensure you get the right parts is from the PR data (effectively the cars birth certificate produced when the car is built in the factory.
There is a sticker with this on the left of the boot floor (under the carpet) and also stuck in the front of the handbook
It looks like this
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The brake fit is shown by the two arrows, just match the 3 letter code with the part suppliers catalogue
Wear limit for pads is 2mm of pad material remaining. If you post the brake codes I can tell you the disc wear thickness's