Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 10:08:25 -0400 From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom> Subject: Re: How long should a muffler last?
The slightly more technical discussion of the Midas scam has been explained before. IF Midas used the same metal throughout the exhaust system, they would not have this 'problem'. A chemical engineer could explain this better, but there is a corrosive reaction between different metals when subjected to the heat found in an exhaust system. That is why the pipes(not covered by the warrenty) need replacement. Eric Law wrote: > DP, > > IMHO, Midas is a scam. They sell you a $20 muffler for $65 and will replace > it free forever. Problem is, the attached $20 pipes that they sold you for > $150 *aren't* warrantied. All those $20 parts have an anticipated lifetime > of about a year, then they get to take a $45 hit on the muffler and make it > back twice over selling you some more overpriced pipe. > > If you put a real Saab system on, it will fit right, sound right, the car > will run right, and it should last at least 5 years (speaking from my > experience living in Mass.). And IIRC, they offer a lifetime warranty on > *all* the parts, not just the muffler(s). A much better deal if you ask me. > Besides, as I told a friend once, if you put enough Chevy parts on your > Saab, eventually you're gonna turn it into a Chevy. Is that what you want? > > BTW, won't go into it too much, but I think Midas brake jobs are even more > of a scam. About 10 years ago, I bought a Saab 99 that had just had $875 of > brake work at Midas. Within a year, I had to replace *all* the parts they > had installed - 2 front calipers, 2 front rotors, pads front and rear. > Geez - what a bargain! > > Eric Law > > DamonP228 <damonp228nopsamcom> wrote in message > news:19991013091241.27485.00000441nopsamk1.aol.com... > > I know I was not too smart in this one but I put in a Midas muffler. I > was > > figuring that is it need to be replaced then at least the muffler would be > > free. After nearly putting in a muffler yearly this can't be normal. > Every > > time I go to Midas I spend at least one hundred dollars. I do live in the > > north east so with the salty roads in the winter, but this still cant be > > normal. Please give me a little insight on this. > > > > Thanks in advance > > DP