JS© wrote:learning the first disadvantage of owning an Audi: either paying $550 for brake work from the dealer or trying to find a place that keeps pads in stock.
I go through similar debacles with my Acura. I made sure to make friends with a guy at work who's father-in-law owns a garage. He's saved me hundreds, if not thousands.
I found a few places since the original post where I can get pads anywhere between $60-80 that have the warning sensors included, but they won't be available until Monday. Being that the car just turned 30k, I -shouldn't- need rotors yet. I did think about throwing them on just so I wouldn't have to worry about it later since I'd more than likely be trading the car in before it hits 60-70k. Coincidentally, probably the same time it's due for it's next set of brakes. In the event that I do need rotors, same place has them anywhere between 120-150/pair. It's not like I'm screwed and can't drive it. It's just the brake warning sensor warning is now on, which means with highway driving I can get 2-3 weeks out of it.
Now it's time for step two: who knows a good garage?