where did you go??? midas? midas and all of those chain service shops upcharge on labor and then they pull a fast one and use cheap pads. you will want to go with Ceramic pads in the future since they don't release the kind of black dust that most types of pads do. Midas and most of those kinds of shops charge roughly $90/hr for labor. it takes under 15 minutes to turn all of your rotors since each rotor only needs to be rotated once or twice for it to be turned. throw in another 30 minutes to change the pads. ok, so now you are still under 1 hour. even if they took their time, they can still do it under an hour. next time you go there (if you do) i would demand that they show how long each item took b/c it doesn't make sense how they got $150 charge for labor when it is $90/hr. they should start charging you for labor as soon as they bring the car into the service bay/garage. the labor charge shouldn't start when you hand them the keys and you sit down in the waiting room.
with regards to changing your brake pads, it's actually quite an easy process. it's so easy that you can do it during your lunch break in your office parking lot. once you have done it a few times, you can change pads in under 30 mins. go to youtube and search for a video which will help you get started on doing it yourself. over the life of the vehicle, you will save thousands of dollars
when i get the chance,
just cant do it on city streets,
also was getting ready for long road trip that weekend(1000 miles or so)
and pads needed to be changed,
Shop is a local guy i know well, always did a good job on my neon.
rates here in Long Island(suburb of NYC ) are extremely high,
chain shops like midas charge +$200 for pads, yes +$200,
In NYC, like brooklyn, Bronx, etc, pads are usually $100-$120.
he said he uses Bendex pads,
I usually use bendex myself, never had them this soft and this much dust,
when i get the chance will take off the pads and see whats really going on.