Toyota Camry Exhaust Quote -- Fair Price?


#1

I need a single flexible pipe replaced. It is the one that attaches under the catalytic converter in front and goes about 1/3 of the length of the car. Was quoted $370 for the part and about $120 for labor. Is this a fair price? I will call some other garages tomorrow but wanted some input. Thank you in advance you guys never let me down.
2001 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder.


#2

The price of the flex-pipe depends on it’s length and diameter.

$370.00 seems a little steep for the flex-pipe itself.

The old flex-pipe will have to be cut out and the new one welded in.

https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1080333&cc=1375185&jnid=492&jpid=0

So the labor is about right.

Tester


#3

Thanks Tester. The quote was for the entire pipe which includes the flex part.
I did some more research elsewhere–Some people suggested that a shop could just cut out the flex pipe part and weld in a new one for about $150. Any thoughts on this?


#4

I’ve welded in many flex-pipes.

As matter of fact, I just welded in a flex-pipe for the exhaust for the V6 version of your vehicle.

https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=2598896&cc=1375196&jnid=491&jpid=1

Go price out that part!

Tester


#5

Too little information. But I can tell you that a full pipe assembly OEM in stainless steel would cost you a whole lot more.
http://www.toyotapartsoverstock.com/showAssembly.aspx?ukey_assembly=491583&ukey_make=1060&ukey_model=15428&modelYear=2001&ukey_category=21648&ukey_driveLine=6670

The material is the rub. You’d be better to pay more and get stainless rather than aluminized steel… if your budget will support it.

Just today I hit some road debris and popped two tires, the LF and LR. Since the other front was down to about 4/32", and since the shop didn’t have what I usually run (Hankook Ventus) available, I needed to replace all four. I had a choice of Continentals (which I will never ever ever ever buy again), Michelins (too expensive for my wallet) and Definities (which I’m totally unfamiliar with) I went with the Definities. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. My budget made the decision. I could not fault anybody for compromising to keep the cost low.