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Old 03-31-2008, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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320D e46 exhaust

Hi Everyone

Pretty boring question im afraid. I need a new exhaust for my 2002 320D, there is a crack just backside of the cat converter. Took the motor to Kwikfit and they quoted me 450 total for both sections, I thought the exhaust came in 2 parts and probably only needed the front section although I couldnt see where the 2 sections met when I looked underneath, just looked like one part.

1. Do i need 2 sections or 1?
2. I thought 450 was a bit steep, do you?
3. Anyone know where you can get decent used BMW exhausts online?

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I have the same issue.. Cat 2 has split just at its rear seam..

The original exhaust has centre and rear sections in one piece..

Replacements come in 2 sections..

BMW are happy to cut the old one and fit a new centre section.. for 478.50 *ouch*

National will fit both sections for 450

dilema.. is it worth going for the BMW exhaust.. bearing in mind i've done 60k in 5yrs on the original exhaust its lasted ages..

Also whats the deal with just swapping for a full stainless?

any advice/experiences/links to cheaper parts appreciated..

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if it's at the catalytic converter or tailpipe... can't you just bring it to a welding shop where they can weld or braze it in place?
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hey billyblack,

i did as darkhorse suggested and just got it welded.. figured it was broken anyway so any damage the guy did welding was irrelevant..

The guys just used a bottle jack to push the exhaust back into its normal position and welded along the busted seam..

Its been good for a couple of hundred miles now...

Saved a fair bit of cash..
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