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 Post subject: Time for New Exhaust System, Seeking Suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:23 am 
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I have two vehicles in our family fleet that are starting to growl after winter took its toll. I’m trying to figure out the best place to take to vehicles to get the exhaust systems replaced.

A mate at work suggested taking them to a local chain store, a place I have used for tires, but nothing else. I suspect they can handle the wife’s car fine, it’s just an everyday family car. What I’m worried about is my vehicle. Have any of you taken you pride and joy to a chain to have the exhaust system changed?

I’m not the kind of guy who wants to rip into this project on my own. I tinker with the engines a little, but I stay away from brakes, steering, and exhaust.

I can see the hole in my muffler. It's not big yet, but it is already big enough the volume is increasing and I suspect it will not pass MOT. The wife’s car has a hole a few inches before the muffler, but the muffler looks pretty rough, too.

On a lighter note, another mate offered to do the work for me. I almost said yes, but then remembered what his truck looks like. I always thought the phrase you could fix anything with duct tape and baling wire was just a joke, but I think it is his reality. His tailpipe is currently held in place with a piece of wire. I have no idea how he plans to pass an inspection.

My regular mechanic quoted me a price about 30% higher than quotes from chains, at least by the estimate I got from National. I did not go to their office, I just requested a quote online. It is possible my mechanic is figuring extra parts they did not include, too.

What direction do you guys suggest? Who is the best at exhaust systems?

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 Post subject: Re: Time for New Exhaust System, Seeking Suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:15 am 
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Take it to a chain, it's only an exhaust and always comes with warranty. Not a lot can go wrong really and they will probably do a better job seems they fit them day in day out.


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Yep...although I would normally steer well clear of the likes of Halfrauds and Kwakfit et al. I guess with an exhaust you can't go that far wrong..it's a pretty basic job after all.
Just remember to ignore all the other things they "suggest" might need replacing on your car.!! :whistle: :roll:

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Formula 1 auto centres, canines wotnots for all bits in my opinion. But as said, its only an exhaust so pretty easy for any of the chains :thumbs:


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I bought my exhaust and took to local place to fit much cheaper.

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As I read it, you want it cheap. If you wanna change it, you can more than easy do it yourself. It's not that much work. Buy one on the Internet, complete with gaskets and mount it. Only thing: you get dirty hands :whistle: And you need a bridge or grease-pit. But it can be done laying under the car. Lift it a bit by jack and tripod.
Kwakfit is a place they mount them for low prices (Nissan cost you twice as much. at least...)

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Go online or ring around you can save a load of money. I'm having one fitted by my local family run garage next week for £90 on my Suzuki GV 1600. When I last had one fitted at an exhaust centre 2 years ago it was £140! So my advice is always shop around. Good luck.


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