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Re: Factory exhaust systems?? ACK!
Put a new exhaust system on my 87 4KCSQ about two months ago. Knew I
wasn't going back to my dealer because the last quote I got from him was
in excess of $600 part, labor & tax. In addition, my favorite Audi tech
no longer works there. Since he had a 4KQ & a 5000 wagon himself I
figured that my ride was safe in his hands.
Also decided not to go back to the cheapo charlie place in town that did
my front muffler about 15 months ago for about $200. It already had a
couple of holes in it.
Called Shokan (never had done business with them before) & a very nice
gentleman on the phone said that I could have an Ansa system or something
akin to an OWM. Dont remember the exact prices, but they were in excess
of $325, and neither system came with brackets, hangers, etc.
Turned to an AudiVW place in Manitowoc, Wiscosnin (north of Milwaukee,
south of the North Pole) Blaufergnugen (1-800-683 AUDI). $289 plus tax
for everything from the converter back inlcuding brackets, clamps,
gaskets, etc. Had it UPS'd to my friendly shade tree garage that keeps
my Q running. Hacksawed the old thing off, put the new one on, charged
me an hour's labor & I was off and running.
Needed a new system because the rubber doughnut on the driver's side of
the back muffler had broken & the strain on the muffler & upstream pipe
was enough to crack the pie in about a 250 degree arc. Kept patching the
pipe & finally decided to bite the bullet & replace the entire system.
Dont know if the new one is OEM or not, but it sure is some serious heavy
gauge tubing and substantial feeling mufflers.
PS: Tongiht, driving the wife home from her job (why? 'cause # 2 son had
her car. Thank God he has no taste & prefers her Olds to the Q) we pass
an Audi Cabrio with the top down. Wfie (former 5000 driver & rememberer
of old 911E Targa days) says: "That sure looks like fun. Think I'd like
one of those!" The sound you are hearing is my long-anticipated used S4
or URQ disappearing into the mist.