I hear you. I'm in the Washington to NY corridor and prices aren't cheap for most things. Not as bad as Cali though. I just think my dealer is pretty good and reasonable. There has to be a reason they've been in business for 50+ years selling Mazda's. They never try to upsell. This is the 4th Mazda we've purchases from them. They probably get alot of repeat business.wlong01...
Depending on where OP lives ... cost varies very much.
In my area (SF bay area),
brake pad replacement + rotor surfacing would cost about $400 minimum.
(Most dealers will charge you $500).
Assuming no rotor surfacing, I found a dealer that charges $250, but that one is 40 miles away.
If you don't believe me, you can call any Mazda dealers in Bay Area.
Crazy living cost here. No wonder people move away to Austin.
BTW, all dealers in SF bay area simultaneously take down service coupons w/ actual $ on them.
(strange if you ask me) They only have coupon like (10% off, 15% off).
One dealer told me that they no longer honor coupons posted on MazdaUSA.com.