Date Added: Sunday 23 September, 2012
Having one of the 1.8 models with the 475mm cat, my choices for a replacement exhaust are a bit limited. Some of the previous reviews might put you off, but not this one.
Firstly, the exhaust was delivered next day, well packaged and with all 4 rubber mounts and 2 set of gaskets and bolts.
Looks a quality item and the tail pipe looked slightly different to the picture, but looked better as it is one solid piece.
Gave the cat nuts a good soaking of Plasgas for a day or so, which must have helped because the old nuts were removed very easily. Had to grind/bend front hanger of the existing pipe to be able to remove from the car, did not want to cut it as I was cautious that the new one may not fit perfectly and I may have to pay a visit to the local Kwik fit!
The new one fitted in minutes, checking positioning before final tightening.
All fitted within 90 minutes, not bad for a novice.
Then the testing, was worried as some have reported boy racer tones, but none of that.
At tickover not much difference to OE just a slightly deeper tone, hinting at something better.
Upto about 3000 revs still pretty quiet, after that it is much racier.
Only noisy when under accelaration and even on the motorway it can cruise relatively quietly.
Overall, a good item, well made and fitted perfectly and has that naughty sound we are all looking for!!!!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]