69,000. could rear brakes and drums really be bad already? on 2005 Cadillac STS

is it possible that my 2005 cadillac sts needs rear brakes and drums @ 69,000 miles? i am hearing a squeak from the left rear wheel when brakes are applied. i am concerned the dealer may be trying to pull a fast one, since they tried once before with my daughters old buick.

by in Midlothian, IL on December 29, 2010
3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on December 29, 2010
the average life of brakes is 15-20k. 69k is excellent mileage. you must be a good driver to get this much mileage. i would change them as well as the rotors. Roy
COMMENT by on December 29, 2010
hi roy, thank you for easing my mind about this. the car is sitting at the dealer pending my decision. they want $978 for the front and back brakes, with rotors for all four. i about fell off my chair. does this sound in the ballpark? i am so afraid to take it to a midas or similar shop. i baby this car! maybe i am being too cautious?
ANSWER by on December 29, 2010
There should be discs/pads on the rear also. 69K i a good mileage out of discs and pads even on highway. Zee
COMMENT by on December 29, 2010
thank you zee! i am so clueless, i thought i had drums! the dealer wants $978 to do brakes and rotors for front and back. ouch!
ANSWER by on December 29, 2010
My number is probably.. $800. And that's probably a little high for Illinois. You may want to get another quote or negotiate a little; they may be willing to ease some of the cost.