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Old 07-21-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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Default Are these prices obscenely high?

Just got an estimate for $190 to replace the exhaust flex pipe (includes cutting both ends and welding in JUST the new flex), a new rear exhaust hanger for $63 installed. That's around $250+tax for a job I figured would be less than $150.

Am I right in believing these prices are very high? I'm mechanically inclined, but just don't have the tools or facilities for welding.

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Old 07-21-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: Are these prices obscenely high?

if your mechanically inclined install the exhaust hanger yourself and just pull off the downpipe and take it in to be welded and buy a new flexpipe yourself i replaced the flex on my 91-92 downpipe and also added a 02 bung for less than 50$
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
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+1 If you're able to do most of it besides the actual welding, do so. Also, check a few shops for prices.

I recently got taken by a shop that I had gone to previously, but had just changed hands. The guy welded a downpipe on for me for $60. It leaked like crazzzzzzzzzzzzy, so I bought a welder on CL and tried to repair his crappy welds. He told me to F off when I inquired about a partial refund.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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Mine is messed up too, and my local mechanic quoted $300.

Needless to say I didn't bite. I don't mind a bit of noise.
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I was quoted a similar price from a "regular" shop telling me the flex itself was ~$150!! A small place welded in a new generic flex for $70. Sure they did a crappy job. When my son pointed out the popcorn welds and how it was leaking I took it back and they sealed it up.. No harm, no foul.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:58 AM   #6
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Most repair garages are high with their prices. I have no use for most of them, their dishonest and even if you detail out the problem. They try to tell you otherwise, which will cost you more money. I only use a garage when it's to complex or difficult to do myself. Wheel alignments are things that need to be done at a garage. Just about everything else I do myself. National chain garages like muffler shops are great. I bought two cars from my Dad and the exhaust system's where repaired at National muffler shop. Both cars exhaust systems lasted for 15 years and where still good when I sold them. You can't beat that.
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Default Re: Are these prices obscenely high?

Thanks for the replies and opinions, everyone!

Those prices inspired me to contact a welder friend of mine who will work for next to nothing. I just need to supply a wire welder, which I think my buddy's garage has on hand.

Does anyone know if a generic flex like this one linked to below will suffice, or is there a particular part I should grab?

http://www.amazon.com/Dynomax-41597-...sim_sbs_auto_4

By the way, if you're in the Philadelphia area and are in need of flex pipe replacement or minor exhaust repair like mine, PM me. You may be able to get in on this.
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On my old 97 it cost me $100 bucks for a flex pipe welded in and a new walker muffler and factory style hanger. installed. At a private owned muffler shop that does pipe bending.
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The muffler strap can be done in minutes simply by backing the car onto ramps.

One option for the flex pipe, esp. if the car is on its original catalytic and it's high miles - you can get a complete bolt-on downpipe/flexpipe/cat assembly for about $200.
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