Date Added: Saturday 05 June, 2010
This system is VERY LOUD. I love the look of this exhaust system but it's much louder than the Mazdaspeed system I was replacing. I think maybe the reason it is half the price of the IL Motorsport Dual Exhaust is that it is half the exhaust. Some editors comments blame this extra noise on cat replacement pipes. I still have my cat so that cannot be the reason. I took it to a custom exhaust company local to me who said there was very little he could do to reduce the amount of noise even if a central silencer can was added. This was because the back box only has a 'T' or 'Y' joint inside the back box. This produces a much louder noise. A genuine Mazda system has an 'S' shaped route through the back box meaning much more sound deadening.
This exhaust is not for the everyday user. If I keep this exhaust I will probably lose my hearing and might also get hassled by the police. At motorway speeds the rev range is right in the sweet spot of the exhaust noise. It creates a booming and rasping sound and I can't hear the stereo. Running around town is embarrassing, I feel like a 'chav' in a souped up Nova. I am planning to replace it with a standard Mazda single exit exhaust and try to sell this one on eBay.
Conclusion: Just because 80 people say they like something, does not mean that you will. Read the negative reviews, however few they are. They are probably more relavent.
Rating: [1 of 5 Stars!]