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I just did my rears too, I failed tech inspection with 2mm on the pads. The cost was comparable. I did it myself though.

I bought the parts from ebay, supposedly OEM Genuine. They 'look' the part. The pads are Textar which seems to be Merc OEM. In retrospect I wish I put in Hawk HPS, but doesn't matter.

I saved about $100 on parts compared to you.

I use Motul RBF600 which adds another $20 for the bleed/semi flush.

Labor is free.

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It was my first time replacing 1-piston brakes. Holy smokes they are easy. I started at 10 PM (kids to bed first), didn't have the car on jackstands until 10:30, but I was coming back from bedding just before midnight. They go in QUICK.

The OEMs bed SO easy too compared to Hawk. Basically no bedding at all, frankly.

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Anyways, that puts total savings at about $450 compared to your ticket there. The bulk of the cost is the rotors, they are not common parts. If we could find a decent replacement low cost rotor for the back, the brakes could be done super cheap, even with Hawk pads.
 

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balancing track day with DD is a big ask, but I suppose dropping pads in is proly more than a half hour job
Problem is track pad suppliers (there is near-zero selection for GLA45) say don't mix their pads with others, so that means the rotors have to be swapped too which makes it super annoying.

The other problem is everyone has a different definition of balancing DD vs track. Most people want no dust. Others want no noise. Or both (as if you can have your cake and eat it too). Or want it to be gentle on rotors. etc.
 

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just to update the group. had my rear done back in feb for $1k and just had my front done for $1.4k. rear brakes lasted 50k and front brake lasted 60k.
 

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Crazy pricey. There’s gotta be a cheap rear rotor out there that is track worthy (not likely to crack :) )

The rears are no different that I can see from 90% of disc brakes out there. Even a nice honda is half that price.
 
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