Cat... aftermarket or OEM ?

Discussion in 'Engine' started by Koolvin, Oct 5, 2002.

  1. Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    ok A aftermarket cat is £450 and OEM one £620... what to do?
     
  2. V12

    V12 MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    5,610
    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2002
    Location:
    Southampton
    Car:
    S320CDI LWB
    I can get an aftermarket cat, that is better than OEM quality for a lot cheaper, he makes weld in cat's for £100 or so, but you will have to cut your pipes and weld them, he also does the full ones for £350 or so, and we are talking TOP quality here.

    Its the same guy that makes AMG looking rear box's to higher quality than AMG's ones, some of you may have heard of him.

    He's also the guy that fitted a C-Class front end onto a 190...

    <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'>
     
  3. jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,316
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2002
    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Car:
    Discovery 3 TDV6, Discovery 300TDi - Plaything!
    Koolvin,

    I don't know about cats in particular but many aftermarket parts are manufactured by the same OE suppliers. Apart from the very, very cheap brands there should be little difference in the specification as everything now has to meet certain standards.

    If you can wait for a few days, I will get you some prices on Monday and let you know. If I can get you a bigger price difference that may influence your decision. <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'>

    What year is yours? I presume it is a C180 Sport, Auto.

    Catch yer later.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (jimmy @ Oct. 05 2002,18:38)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Koolvin,

    I don't know about cats in particular but many aftermarket parts are manufactured by the same OE suppliers. Apart from the very, very cheap brands there should be little difference in the specification as everything now has to meet certain standards.

    If you can wait for a few days, I will get you some prices on Monday and let you know. If I can get you a bigger price difference that may influence your decision. <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'>

    What year is yours? I presume it is a C180 Sport, Auto.

    Catch yer later.</td></tr></table><span id='postcolor'>
    yup C180 sport auto, 1996
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    bump!
     
  6. jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,316
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2002
    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Car:
    Discovery 3 TDV6, Discovery 300TDi - Plaything!
    I have tried five of our regular suppliers for parts and none of them list, yet alone have a price for a cat for the C180.

    Just waiting for one company to ring me back, hopefully in the next hour or so.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    excellent!!!!

    the C180 cat is in 2 types, im not sure which type mine is, so would be really cool if you get both prices!!1

    cheers!
     
  8. jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,316
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2002
    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Car:
    Discovery 3 TDV6, Discovery 300TDi - Plaything!
    Early models from 93 to 95 have a 3 part exhaust system, later models from 95 on have a 2 part sytem. I would presume yours is going to be the 2 part system, first registered on 15 March 1996!!

    I am still waiting for a phone call so don't give up on me just yet. <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'>
     
  9. jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,316
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2002
    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Car:
    Discovery 3 TDV6, Discovery 300TDi - Plaything!
    Koolvin,

    Right, got some prices at last. According to the VIN number your car should have twin front down pipes to the CAT, if this is the case the CAT would be £385. If your car happens to have a single front down pipe to the CAT it is slightly cheaper at £352.

    These prices include VAT and as long as you don't want it delivered to Scotland I can sort that out or I could meet you somewhere to save delivery.

    I am assured it is a top quality Catalyst that comes with a two year guarantee. We won't sell rubbish, it is not worth the hassle.

    Just out of interest, if you are planning on fitting a blower won't you need different manifolds, pipes and CAT? I presume you have thought of that one. <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'>

    We should be able to get it next day, let me know what you think.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    I think my cat stays the same with the blower, however it does come with its own manifold etc here is a pic of what I'm getting.

    [​IMG]

    I need to double check to see ho wmany pipes my CAT has.... i'll try and take a piccy.

    how much would delivery be? i'm in TW5.
     
  11. V12

    V12 MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    5,610
    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2002
    Location:
    Southampton
    Car:
    S320CDI LWB
    The CAT should be the same, just change the inlet/exhaust manifolds to fit the turbo. <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'>
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    how much would delivery be to TW5?

    I took some pictures but I guess I have to jack my car up to see properly (pics came out poo)
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    actually I DO have pics here you go:


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    What's that box after the CAT?
     
  15. jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,316
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2002
    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Car:
    Discovery 3 TDV6, Discovery 300TDi - Plaything!
    Next day delivery costs us about £5. When you decide if you want the CAT or not and you know if it is a twin or single front pipe let me know. I can then go back to my mate and twist his arm a bit more and get it delivered for free <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'> .

    He thought it was for my own car and did me a very good price. He caught me out on the VIN number though, he could tell it was for a saloon not an estate <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':0'>
     
  16. jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,316
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2002
    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Car:
    Discovery 3 TDV6, Discovery 300TDi - Plaything!
    Looks like a twin pipe to the Cat. The box after the Cat is one of the silencers or front box, some people call them resonators, dunno why. Usually there is a front box and one or two rear boxes, these are basically what absorbs the sound from the exhaust.
     
  17. OP
    OP
    Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    From this picture you can see it has twin pipes, but I am no Engine specialist!!!

    http://www.mbclub.co.uk/events/DSC00058.JPG

    Is it made in Germany do you know? Im saving 200 odd pounds by going aftermarket but am quite weary of aftermarket parts, esp. as its quite a fair chunck of money..

    I could pay you today could you mail me and i'll send you my payment details?
     
  18. jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,316
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2002
    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Car:
    Discovery 3 TDV6, Discovery 300TDi - Plaything!
    Check your e-mail <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'>
     
  19. OP
    OP
    Koolvin

    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,058
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Location:
    Staines
    Car:
    W168, W169 & S202
    YGM also!
     
  20. V12

    V12 MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    5,610
    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2002
    Location:
    Southampton
    Car:
    S320CDI LWB
    Thats the twin pipe down, but single pipe into CAT from what i can see, but the pics aren't that clear.

    I call the other box, simply a centre box and all mechanics seem to as well, it is purely another muffler.

    Good luck with the part, let us know of the quality. <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'>
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.