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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 09-02-2008, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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318i loud!

OK... '91 318i sedan... stock muffler finally rusted out... so I, in my infinite wisdom, went down to Advance Auto Parts and bought a nice $40 dynomax turbo muffler. Then I trekked on down to the local Olympco muffler and had the nice fellas welder on there. So far so good! Looks great! He even did a perfect replica of the OEM tailpipe. Well I paid them the $100 which I thought was a decent enough price... then I pull out of the drive way and the SOB is almost as loud as it was before I replaced the muffler! Ok... so apparently I'm used to turbo cars... any ole muffler will do... well now it sounds like there's a whole wake of angry bee's chasing me anywhere near half throttle or above 3k whicever comes first. So I go back to the parts store and buy a $20 Thrush turbo muffler, which I have used before on my Toyota p/u, no turbo and it was nice. I cut off the other new muffler, clamp this one on... badda boom badda bing! LOUDER!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF! Is there some kind of evil sound engineer at BMW that did this on purpose? I never had this issue with a 6 cyl BMW? I'm tired of the F-ing ricers thinking I want to run them all the time with my baby in the back! Does it need a resonator or something or do I just need a big nasty stuffy muffy? HELP!
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Hi, I don't mean to be insulting in anyway.......but I think, you get what you pay for.... if you want quiet, you'll have to buy an OEM stock muffler...which is in the $350.00 to $400.00 range.....
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None taken... Just hate to spend that much on a 2k dollar car.
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None taken... Just hate to spend that much on a 2k dollar car.
Yeah, I know what you mean......maybe you could find one off a parting up E30.......
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eBay Motors: 91 92 BMW 318i 318is 318ic E30 Muffler Exhaust System (item 200244251658 end time Oct-03-08 13:28:11 PDT)
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Thanks man... looks good.
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I guess I could have told you that exhausts this cheap would be so loud... good luck with finding a better one!
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