Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Rhondda Cynon Taff
2000 156 V6 Sportronic Exhaust Front Pipe
Hi all. I've just bought a 2000/W 156 V6 Sportronic Auto from a guy who was threatening to scrap it (couldn't let that happen!). She was over heating which turned out to be a head gasket, which I replaced and now she runs beautifully. I put her in for an MOT but she failed on a blowing front pipe. No problem I thought, just get a new one...
Unfortunately this has been easier said than done. I can find loads for the V6 manual, but the Sportronic has an extra Lambda sensor located just under the join to the front bank exhaust manifold. The second Lambda sensor is just at the bottom of the rear bank manifold, and the regular position for the Lambda (near the flexi section just before the cat) just has a metal plug in it. Apparently this setup is unique to the V6 Sportronic, but otherwise i can't see any difference in shape or fitting to the manual pipe.
I've managed to find one place which sells the part, but they want a whopping £750 for it which seems a bit crazy!
Would really appreciate any help or suggestions regarding where I might be able to get a reasonably priced replacement, or maybe some way of modifying a standard pipe?