Jimmy saved me £220 on an aftermarket CAT compared to a OEM MB one.
George Fraser charged me £25 to fit it!!!
The cat arrived well packaged. compared to the MB one the actual CAT BOX was alot smaller and the whole thing weighed less.
The original one had a higher build quality because the pipework was much thicker therefore reducing engine noise, it also had heatshielding which the aftermarket one did not. The actual pipework 'bends' on the aftermarket one had kinks on the bends, which is a cheap way to make a bend, the MB one did not have any bends.
I just hope the aftermarket one lasts longer than the OEM one did!!!
When I have my turbo fitted I will put heat shield around the pipework.
also the aftermarket one had to be bent a little bit to fit properly, apart from that it was quite easy.
George fraser also had a 1 year newer C class (C180), it had 1 pipe to the manifold and the couplings were much lower down!!
I could have changed the CAT myself if I had the 1 pipe version CAT.
My engine now sounds back to normal nice and sweet! I am also £220 more richer!!!
Thanks for everyones time!
oh and I knew the ski hole would come in handy <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=''> I rename it the 'CAT FLAP' - oh how very un-original....
edit I am more than £220 richer as the stealers would have charged £100-150 for fitting!!!!
I will be purchasing an E-Series 220 CI very soon. I need someone to recommend a specialist to me in the Croydon area of London to service the car. Can anyone help with some names and addresses of a good place to go that is not a stealership?
web sites nothing fancy, but i must admit service is great, they will get you any mercedes part massively cheaper than any dealers! and its all OEM.
so far ive bought the following off of them
air con condenser unit rrp was about £260, i paid £190 delivered
Avantguard grill £90 cant rem what rrp was
AMG door sills rrp £140 i paid £90
AMG mats for w202 rrp £70 i paid £45
i was scepticle at first as they ask for payment via cheque first, but now i have used them a few times, i know they are a good company to deal with!, they are based in manchester, and post everything down to me.