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Exhaust Blowing - What to do?

After everything else she's been through it sounds like I might have a hole in the exhaust somewhere. It's not too bad, but basically additional sounds from the just in front of the rear wheels. Have yet to really diagnose the problem, but assuming a hole what are my options? Trying to see this as an opportunity to improve as opposed to another wallet denter ;-)

So theoretically what's the best I can do, I assume it would a wider bored full stainless system? In which case what would I gain, which parts, and how much (ish?)

Or should I just replace the back and/or mid section with something reasonable? Last time I got an exhaust repair was on a battered Astra and paid 140 parts and labour for the whole lot, I'm guessing I might be at a different level now !


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I also thought my exhaust had a hole. Took to a garage, he said it's fine - induction noise but basically sounds like there is something loose in engine ...
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Bazza is the expert on such things, but I think he got a bespoke stainless system made for less money than an OEM system. It is obviously pretty much corrosion proof and can be tailored to how much noise you do or don't want. You may get a slight performance advantage too. You may need to advise your insurers though.
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If it's near the rear wheels you are probably looking at a system from the cat back. I would estimate about 400 for stainless.

Looking in AO shop. Centre and rear section 380

You could also try and ring people like Magnex and see if they are interested on using your car as a pattern. May work out cheaper although they will need you car for a few days.

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Thanks all, and yes my first thought was that mid and back sections needed, which is why I thought I might go the whole hog.

Insurance company would get informed, if I thought I was gaining anything. Will take it up to my local specialist for a listen and see what they think and take it from there.
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Yeah I got a SS system from Powerflow for slightly less than a mild steel OEM system. It was just over 300, on a 145 QV.
I had it done just as I was renewing my insurance, and the first few places I rang I told them about the system. I can't remember their exact wording, but they basically wanted to know why I chose that particular exhaust. I said that it was cheaper than a standard replacement, and it was SS so it wouldn't rust, and they didn't change the price. Eventually I stopped mentioning it. Can't remember whether the company I ended up with were one of the ones I told. Think they might have been.
The exhausts supplied by AO are possibly higher quality, and specifically designed for the car's, but at the time I just couldn't afford the extra brass. Sorry AO

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