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I am a long way off from needing brakes but just for fun I looked at what Rock Auto is asking for rebuild calipers. Both ATE and Dunlap calipers are only $140 +/- without a core, and around $90 with. That seems pretty reasonable to me, but then again they list a power steering filter for the car as well.
 

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Even better and supporting a specialist. Thanks.
 

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Be very careful when buying rebuilt, or remanufactured brake calipers.

It is very hard to tell until they are installed and in use if the particular ones you bought were built with the attention to detail and the appropriate level of quality control for a brake component. I speak from experience.

Even the well known parts distributors seem to buy from "anonymous" rebuilders. I had it explained to me by one of midwest Alfa parts distributors when returning defective calipers that they just get the parts from the cheapest source. And they kind of expect that some of them won't work. Of course, these sources couldn't stay in business if they just produced defective parts. I suspect that any car parts rebuilder could stay in business if they are able to keep there defective parts rate below 5% or so. I just happen to be one of the unlucky customers that got some defective calipers. No harm done. Just a waste of my time. And I had to pay for return shipping.

There is (or was) an Alfa board member who professionally rebuilds ATE calipers. He does a good job too. He also provides the details on how he does it, the parts he refurbishes, and the parts he replaces. Get your calipers refurbished by him and you are directly supported a rebuilder. No middleman mark-up and you know what was done to your calipers.
 
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