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Old 04-07-2005, 11:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if im imagining things or whether it's cos i was used to my 318 but.. the exhaust on my car does sound quite loud even though it's new. Am i right in saying that nothing other than the back box can cause the car to sound loud?or can other elements of the exhaust system effect it?
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Old 04-07-2005, 11:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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scroll down and read other posts... i'm sure you'll find what your looking for...
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Old 04-07-2005, 12:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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u could have a hole in your muffler... or somthing of that sort
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Hehe, my muffler is eaten away and it sounds awesome!!!

But its ugly, and it smells bad, but damn, it sounds great!
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Old 04-07-2005, 07:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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got the same car, had the same problem. had it checked out and i had a hole in my cat. so i got that replaced, but even now its still kinda lound, but of course not as bad as before.
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Old 04-08-2005, 07:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Same problem, replaced my exhaust with UUC System U original..got its sick...
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i'm having the same problem with my 1995 325, this must be pretty dang common. that sux tho, so you have to replace the cat.? is it possible to maybe just patch the hole on the cat. instead cause they cost a crap load, atleast patch it so its quiet and i'll probably replace them in the next year or two.

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Old 04-08-2005, 09:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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its only 699 for the UUc... Go for the UUC
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Mine has been getting louder each day.
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I like how mines sounds, it sounds good, lots better than those angry lawnmower Honda exhausts (not saying anything against Honda's, I love them too) but an exhaust that sounds like that when you're going...10 mph? Mines is just sexy, even with the gaseous smell =D.
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well this is how mine sounds...

plz have lotion and tissue ready...

http://www.shortshifter.com/exhaust/sysue36demo.htm

if it doesnt play in about 20 seconds, right click on the picture and click play...
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Well, here is the reason why (non-Vanos E36) 325i's are louder than later Vanos equipped cars; the addition of Vanos Intake system somehow quiets the exhaust through the intake or valve timing changes.

Everyone has heard the difference in an engine after a cam swap to a hotter cam (I hope) and the non-Vanos cams are more aggressive then the Vanos cams because they do not have variable timing to artificially increase their breathing.

Now, you may still need to fix your exhaust, but there are more than a few similar threads that mention the non-Vanos aspect as the reason, if you would like to search them out.
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I pretty sure my muffler is totally gone, considering I keep finding chunks of baffle in the tips.
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same exact problem with my 93 325is, cancerous rust holes in the exhaust. but it sounds very deep and loud, though its probably robbing some power. im about to find a cheap oem m3 catback and put it on there until i can save up for a borla or a supersprint.
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