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07-25-2010 03:06 PM #1
tried to replace the muffler hangers on my '88is
with the muffler in place i found it impossible to do this. i even undid the two metal muffler straps and lowered the muffler a bit to try to get the rubber doughnuts onto the fixed upper hangers but couldn't get then on. they're just too small when they are new.
i have the muffler hanging in place by a metal cord right now attached to the fixed hangers, with no rubber hangers at all, the old ones split. i'm obviously not gonna do any unnecessary driving for fear that the cord will come unhinged if i go over a bump.
any ideas? i'm thinking of bringing it into the shop on Monday...what would a thing like this cost.. thanks
07-26-2010 11:47 AM #2
so i call up Ronnie at Autotech this morning...
tell him the situation, he says he needs to see the car to give an estimate, i say i'll be right over.
i get there in my muffler challenged e30, he greets me with a handshake, i start talking about the 3 new rubber muffler hangers i have on hand and if he can still use them, he tells me that his minimum charge is $150, i ask him why didn't he tell me this over the phone, he says why didn't you ask...why didn't i ask? this is to hang 3 rubber muffler hangers which i brought with me willing to sign off on the parts warantee if need be.
i got mad, told him that i took a chance on him even after reading some negative reviews online and should have known better, and left.
07-28-2010 03:44 PM #3
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07-28-2010 06:35 PM #4
10-04-2010 11:40 PM #5
Remember he's running a business, not a charity
If it's impossible for you, it will be at least difficult for him. Those donuts, especially when new, are a pain in the [Oops!]. I was going to suggest $100 range, so his price maybe a little high. This spring I paid $350 for a simple, custom cat back system from a local shop (with new hangers ;) ). The one job I will pay someone for is exhaust.
10-05-2010 12:57 PM #6
got it done for $45 at a local muffler shop...
and yes, it was a royal pain in the a// even for the mechanic who has done this a million times. the point with Ronnie at Autotech (on Sepulveda and Venice in Los Angeles btw) is not what the guy charges but it's that he didn't tell me upfront that his MINIMUM is $150. knowing my story he had me drive out to him in a delapidated car with the muffler handing by wire and then spring on me his minimum rip off price. i'll never go back there.
01-08-2011 03:47 PM #7
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