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Re: Rear & front Discs & pad price differential
The rear discs incorporate not only the ABS reluctor ring but also the wheel bearing. So the cost of a bare disc is always going to be less than a complete unit.
Transferring the bearing is time consuming and not without the risk of the bearing and ring becoming damaged during the change over process from the old units to the new so whilst you may have had a quote for bare discs the cost of materials could dramatically increase during the work. Some members of the forum have encountered such problems and their recommendation would be to ensure you go for the complete units. Whilst they may be more expensive the labour cost will be less and any warranty is more likely to be better.
It would do no harm to check a Renault dealers prices. A few years back I got genuine rear discs (complete units) for a similar model for less than a local motor factor could supply all the necessary parts - plus I had the added bonus of saving about 50% of the labour costs on fitting.
Beware of some cheap quotes - it may be a ruse to get you in through the door and when they have your brakes dismantled you end up being caught between a rock and a hard place.
In my opinion I suggest you go for having complete units fitted.
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