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Old 05-05-2003, 02:07 PM
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W201 Exhaust

I've had a slightly ricy sound to my exhaust for the past couple of months on my '91 190E 2.6, so I knew that axe would fall at some point. It fell this past Saturday sitting at a stop light, the car began rough idling and was producing a flatulent sound (not the brrt kind, but the ones that come after considerable bean eating).

The car now vibrates and sounds awful, noises from the front engine compartment sound fine but the back end is loud. Power might be marginally less (or it could be my imagination).

I have yet to crawl underneath it to look for any holes.

Does this sound like the exhaust? How much does the exhaust on this car usually run? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:44 PM
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Well, crawl under it and poke the bottom of the center muffler, then check the rear muffler. The center muffler section is available as a bolt in component from Ansa that looks identical to OEM. In fact, they probably make this part for DC. They also make the rear section, and depending on what kind of deal you get they are around $150 apiece.

The only difference between OEM and the ANSA components is you'll have a joint between the center section and rear section. The OEM system is one piece from the converter back, but the DB replacements are two piece like the Ansa.

I would recommend you go with either OEM replacement parts or Ansa through the aftermarket. Mercedes exhaust systems are very efficient - a conbination of excellent sound attenuation and low back pressure, and the ancecdotal evidence I have from guys who had muffler shops fabricate exhaust system with "hot rod" parts yielded a louder and poorer performing car.

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