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re: Expensive Muffler

>Hi guys,
>The hanger of the muffler broke on me.  That's no big deal. The big
>deal is that the exhaust pipe of the muffler hung onto the rear
>quattro drive coupling.  This burnt out a big hole on the exhaust
>pipe.  Expensive.  Luckily the coupling does not seem to be damaged,
>I hope.
>The local muffler shop quoted me $ 675 Canadian fund, ($500 US) for
>an aftermarket replacement.  I think it is rediculous.  Anyone know
>where I can buy a muffler at better price than that ?

 The same thing happened to me last week....go figure, "let's put a
nice heavy muffler like that on a couple of over-sized rubber bands and   
place the pipe directly over the coupling for the drive shaft."  My pipe   
was cut through too..and without a sound..lovely.  The way I see it,   
there are two, possibly three options.  The "Meineke" guy thinks he can   
weld mine....but, I'm thinking of asking him to cut it in two and place a   
new sleeve over that piece of pipe so that a "bad weld...new outrageously   
priced muffler" is not risked.
Option three: get the new gold plated muffler (they are gold plated   
aren't they?)  What do you folks think about the "cut and new sleeve