Well it's been a fairly expensive week.
I just put new tires on my XLR and decided to go to the dealer to have the car aligned and the oil service and GM Safety Check done.
All of the jobs were done perfectly.
I also had them check the brakes and here's what they discovered:
The right rear caliper was sticking--some sediment or something BUT it caused the rear pads to stick and the rear one to wear down almost to the pad backing. So the pads had to be replaced.
NOW here's the news that is really interesting--When you replace the brake pads on our XLR's and XLR-V's you need to also replace the rotors. The cost for all four about $1,000!!!!!
Also, it seems that the average mileage before replacement is about 20k -30k miles.
There are those cars --and we have read some of these complaints on this site-- that have experienced problems with pulsating brakes. Well it seems that the rotor replacement is mandatory-- and some servicers have been only replacing the pads. Imagine that!!!
--If you are having problems this is a starting point.
Prospective XLR and XLR-V Purchasers
--If you are considering the purchase of a used vechicle I would strongly recommend reviewing the service history of the car you are consdering to determine if these components have been replaced along with the tires. The combined expense for these items --tires and brakes is about $2,500 which could increase your total vechicle purchase cost considerably.
Used Car Warranty's-- It is my understanding that if the brakes and tires are within "tolerances" they will not be replaced as part of any warranty program. So you could go 5-7k miles and then run into this expense.
As always, please feel free to add any comments to this post that will help the forum members.
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