|05-12-2006, 09:06 AM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Brantford, Canada
Down Pipe/Header Pipe/Flex Pipe/Front Pipe
I dont understand how this can possibly make any sense. My 95 SC1 has 175,000 KM on it and is has been getting louder and louder. I took it to the muffler man and they obviously wanted to upsell me on a new muffler along with a new front pipe, they wanted to charge me 416.00 CDN.
I almost lost it when I heard that they would just be putting some aluminized crap on my car that would rot out just as quick as my mufflers always do, 2-3 years max. Without the muffler it was going to be $300.00, I decided to look around and see if I could find the parts cheaper and get them shipped to Canada, found rock auto to be the cheapest but shipping charges didnt make it worth my while. Then went to Napa they wanted 140.99 just for the pipe itself, talked to my buddy at Chrysler and he called the same Napa store and they said he could get it for 90.00, that is a 50.00 consumer mark-up on that piece of aluminized crap.
I would have had to get someone to weld it on and that would have cost another 50-75 dollars with tax would have taken me to $200.00 - 250.00 depending on if I got the chrylser price (which I would have)
In the end I decided to go to a custom stainless exhaust shop and they said that the would replace the front pipe for me for about $200.00 Cdn with a 10 year warranty, they said it may be a little bit more but 200.00 to 250.00 to get it done with stainless, needless to say I am taking it in there on Monday to get it done. With tax and I will pay cash, I will get 5 times the product for the same price as aluminized crap. So anyone that thinks the custom shops are too expensive like I though, there is no harm in taking it in, at least they will throw it up on the hoist and take a look at it for free.
Oh yeah my pipe has two holes in it where the one clamp holds in right before the flex pipe and the flex was starting to go as well, that what happens when all this Canadian salt in the winters gets in between the clamp and the pipe, eats, eats, eats it away.
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