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Anyone go through this yet? I bought our 2015 used almost two years ago from it's original owner. I've had a rattle internal to the rear muffler pretty much since we've owned the car and some of the exhaust has looked rusty for awhile. I re-attached pretty much every heat shield at this point too. The joint between the rear muffler and center pipe basically disappeared a week or so back. Rusted right off. I was due for state inspection anyway and had a local shop replace the cat-back. Final bill was about $550. Kind of a tough pill to swallow given I could have ordered all the parts for half that, but being winter, 2ft of snow on the ground, I couldn't bring myself to do it.
 

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It's common on these. The flange at the back section of mine is broken right now and you could easily see leaks at any of the gaskets in the system. Fortunately none of it is difficult to access for repairs.

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It's common on these. The flange at the back section of mine is broken right now and you could easily see leaks at any of the gaskets in the system. Fortunately none of it is difficult to access for repairs.

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Yeah, I'm kicking myself for not toughing out the elements, mail ordering my own parts and doing the swap myself. I could have done it for under $250 all in including the spring/bolt kit and gaskets.

I guess location matters a lot on account of salt and some manufacturers probably use better materials. My '88 Escort went 518K miles and about 23 years. It had the original exhaust on it when I retired it and it was still solid..
The rust belt climate definitely speeds it along, but a 2015 Versa sure isn't built like an '88 Ford Escort was.
 

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Yeah, I'm kicking myself for not toughing out the elements, mail ordering my own parts and doing the swap myself. I could have done it for under $250 all in including the spring/bolt kit and gasket.
You sound like me. I hate to pay someone to do anything I can do myself and in most cases do a better job. As I get older though I'm finding I have to get others to do lots of things I used to do myself. A couple months back the fuel pump went out on my mom's Grand Marquis. If it had been summer time I'd have changed it for her but with chronic back pain I knew what laying on the cold wet ground would do to back so I had to get someone else to change it for her. I got three estimates with me furnishing the fuel pump. The first one was $250. the second was $150.-200. and the third was $60. Bet you can't guess which one I went with. I'd also got an estimate for getting the timing belt changed on my '97 Escort from the guy that quoted $250. on the fuel pump, he quoted $200. for the timing belt. The guy that charged $60. for the fuel pump quoted me $100. on the timing belt job so I'll likely have him do that for me too rather than do it myself.
 

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Yeah, I'm kicking myself for not toughing out the elements, mail ordering my own parts and doing the swap myself. I could have done it for under $250 all in including the spring/bolt kit and gaskets.


Kicking yourself for what?? I don't know your age, but "toughing in out" is no problem when you in your 20s and 30s, but when you get older, you will find that doing the job is the easy part, getting you body back in shape is another issue. The other problem is the exhaust system itself and all the garbage that rusted flanges and hangers can cause. Not too bad when the car is up on a lift, but crawling around on your back in the middle of winter is not fun. You may have had to pay a few bucks more to get the job done, but believe me, it was money well spent!!!!!
 

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Thanks fellas and I hear ya. I'm 50, not in terrible shape and can clear a space to work in my unheated garage, but this time of year is the worst for laying on your back under a wet, icy vehicle. The shop I use charges $90/hr these days for labor and charged me one hour. Pretty sure they sourced the parts from Napa and based on what they charged for the parts and what I can see on the Napa website, they almost doubled the price. I'm sure it cost me less than what a dealer or chain/franchise place would have charged.
 

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Sometimes it's just worth it to pay someone else. It's been in the 20s here for like two weeks now. I have a lift at work, where it's warm, and have all of my tools, and have a scissor lift at home, with enough tools for most stuff, but it's really freaking hard to get motivated to go out at home in this cold. There are a few things I want to look at on our vehicles and night is usually the time for me to get a chance to do it, but even going out there to start a heater doesn't sound fun. Running the car requires the door to be open too. Years ago I was the idiot laying in the snow doing this stuff, but those days are gladly long gone.

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