Inspection II – The Aftermath

I ended up taking my MINI to Baron’s for the inspection. They quoted a decent (by some standard) price and they were not far from where I work. Turns out that a couple of MINI owners here in the desert take their cars to him and I think they have a genuinely good reputation.

The quote for the Inspection and the brake fluid flush was $595 (and I never did hear back from Brecht). I noticed a call from Baron’s about 90 minutes into the service – never a good sign, and sure enough the rear brakes were worn right through and I needed new pads and rotors. This pretty much doubled the cost, and I walked out of the garage later that day $1139 poorer (or rather deeper in debt to American Express).

I need to go back through my paperwork and see when the brakes were last changed. I think I had them done under warranty but I suppose that was 30k miles ago or so. They advised me that my front brakes have maybe 3-5k miles on them depending on my driving style so I’d better start saving for that.

In case you are interested, the costs broke down as:

  • Inspection II Service, labour $262.46
  • Brake Fluid Flush, labour $157.79
  • Read Brake Pads and Rotors, labour $327.68
  • Parts and Fluids $386.53

2 thoughts on “Inspection II – The Aftermath”

  1. Egads. For $330, I’d have driven home without brakes and done the work myself. On my back on ice in freezing rain. Seriously, that’s crazy. The tool for retracting the calipers is somewhat specialized, but otherwise brakes are one of the easiest jobs to do on a vehicle, especially one with disc brakes!

  2. Yeah, I was somewhat surprised but not much I could do. Sound though that I should plan ahead for the front brakes and get them done for much cheaper.

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