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    Default Exhaust system replacement estimate

    My wife's 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage has been running loud so I had her go to Monro Muffler and have them check out the exhaust system. She came home with an estimate for $760 in parts and labor. I honestly have no idea how much that stuff goes for these days so I am hoping that someone here can tell me whether Monro is trying to pull a fast one on my wife.

    Here is the price breakdown:

    muffler - $267
    exhaust pipe - $276
    gaskets - $30
    labor - $98
    misc hardware - $6
    shop supply fee - $39

    This seems like a lot of money for a muffler and some pipe.
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    These days the price seems normal .

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    DIY on my civic a few years ago ran me about $300. It is easy to do if you have access to a lift. Used auto shop at Hanscom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01bmf View Post
    It is easy to do if you have access to a lift.
    BigRed,

    I know you're close to me. . . if you can weld, (and have a welder) feel free to use my lift. depending on the problem, it may be as simple/cheap as a $5 piece of pipe that needs replacement

    The mirage is pretty tall, so we'll only be able to get it off the ground about 4 feet, but working off a chair is better than working off your back

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeT View Post
    BigRed,

    I know you're close to me. . . if you can weld, (and have a welder) feel free to use my lift. depending on the problem, it may be as simple/cheap as a $5 piece of pipe that needs replacement
    Thanks for the offer but I do not know how to weld and I do not have a welder.
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    If you want to DIY it should be only a couple of bolts (may be rusted so you'll have the break them off) and about <400 for a complete cat-back exhaust.

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    I would at least call a couple places to get some other estimates. The dealer is always a good point of reference (usually high) but it helps put your estimate into perspective.

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    Autozone lookup 1.8L since you didn't mention has

    exhaust pipe $40
    Muffler $85
    gaskets and clamp approx $20

    This is cat back replacement....since they didn't quote cat I assume that cat forward is fine.

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    If you're going to keep the car for a while, don't get the cheap parts. The parts will rust out in a year or two.

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    Flyer007 has it right. A cat-back exhaust should not cost that much. Sounds like Monro is pulling a fast one on a person in need.

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