Rear Brake Pad Replacement - 2012 Jaguar XF Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Rear Brake Pad Replacement

June 5, 2013

2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

Just as it's about to leave our care for good, our 2012 Jaguar XF began to intermittently display a brake pad warning light. Though it came and went for a few days, we took the car into the Jaguar store in Anaheim Hills, Calif. Our experience was good.

Service writer Jay Kauffman was quick in checking in the XF for an 8:00 a.m. appointment and called us a few hours later to tell us the news: Sure enough, the XF needed new rear pads. We OK'd the service and by midafternoon Jay called again to tell us the car was being washed and would be ready soon.

All told, we are into the rear brakes for $507.72. The breakdown came out to $268.72 for the pads, a sensor and a "brake kit" which amounts to a few springs. Labor was $217.50 and tax was $21.50.

And when we picked up the Jaguar XF it was clean and ready to go. Overall, the service experience was good. Yes, it was expensive. So is the car.

It's also worth it.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 22,995 miles


  • yellowbal yellowbal Posts:

    That labor rate seems high. Did they also do an on-car resurface job? I did rear pads recently for $15 for Hawk HPS pads.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    That's pretty hideous pricing for changing pads. The parts cost has to be mostly due to the sensor, right? I'm not even going to ask about labor.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I assume the parts price is owing to the sensor and what I should hope are really high quality pads. I have no idea what work goes into replacing the sensor but can it really add all that much labor on top of what is usually a really quick part swap?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I'm not going to get into the price. 23k miles? This car is going to be dinging the owner $500 for rear pads every 23k miles? Does this aspect of it seem worthy of addressing, Josh?

  • I guess if you can get past the $70,000 it 'dings' you for when you drive it off the lot then $2000 for rear brakes over 100,000 miles isn't bad :) --- and then there's that it has used nearly 1400 gallons of premium in those 23,000 miles (which is roughly $1200 more than the ATS would or $3600 more than the Prius C)

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Gah! Why didn't you ask about fixing the unknown rattle while you were there... The whole reason it wasn't going to be looked at is because you didn't feel like taking it to the dealership when its going to be leaving soon, right? You could just have told the dealer when they called about authorizing the repair. Oh well.

  • jriseden jriseden Posts:

    Only the rears needed to be changed? You're clearly not driving this thing aggressively enough. :D

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    So what sort of brake pad did they put on? Formula 1 carbon nanotube brake pads?

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @zimtheinvader: For perspective, $2000 is about 130% the cost of a clutch replacement on a regular front wheel drive compact... one that is typically an 8 hour job...

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