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R52 Cooper wonky exhaust advice

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I'm new to the forum today wanting a bit of advice really.

I bought my fiancé a really tidy, one owner, only 50k cooper in February after an attempted theft of the corsa she had previously.
The car is faultless but I did notice a bit of a tinny rattle on the exhaust, one of those "I'll get that looked at" things but never get round to it.

Well on Friday the exhaust blew with the centre pipe detaching itself from the back box. She took it back to the garage where we bought it (a mini specialist) who agreed to replace the back box and pipe and only charge for parts, no labour. Result. But the only thing is the tailpipe does not sit squarely in the cut out of the bumper. She queried this at the time but the guy said he's checked it all and its bolted up properly, that's just the way it is.

I'm sure this is not how it should be but their not willing to do anything else. Should I take it somewhere else or just live with it?
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It is an aftermarket back box and probably a really cheap one at that. I'd get underneath it and check that the exhaust hanger is new and not bodged to hold the back box up. Oh, your also missing the chrome finisher on the tail pipe!
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I thought the same, he said her if she wanted a bmw exhaust it would be £500. And told her she can get a chrome trim off eBay for £20. Are the hangers part of the system or seperate?
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Thanks for that Sean. Do you know if the chrome tips are a seperate part on all mini exhausts? She said that he told her it was all one part on the exhaust he took off. Just wondering if I can get the one back that was on the car.
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The chrome extension is held on with a grub screw buddy. I'd check the hanger out as the exhaust is well off centre. I'd also loosen off the exhaust and realign it as best as possible. If you need a new hanger then its easy enough to fit. The hanger is sided to fit the back box and you'll know how it fits when you see it providing the profile on the back box is correct.

I've fitted a few of these hangers in my time and sometimes the bolts that hang from the floor have either broken off or are missing! If all the nuts are still in place then soak them in some penetrating fluid before you attempt to wind them off. If some bolts are missing then you will have to remove the remains of the old ones and fit new ones!
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Some aftermarket exhaust manufacturers use hangers unique to their part, and your garage may have used the original or one of a different make.

Definitely take it back, as that fit is unacceptable and will melt the bumper.

He fitted it so has to make sure it is on properly, or swap it under it's warranty if badly made, so won't cost him and will take minutes.
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Thanks for the replies. I'll get it jacked up when it stops raining and have a look.
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Right managed to have a look underneath today and as you guys expected, they used the original hanger. Also I am quite surprised at the level of rust on the rear box considering it has been on the car two and half days.
The centre pipe looks brand new with new bolts on the front end but the rear box looks like it's been welded on.

So all in all its rusty, doesn't fit properly and missing the chrome tip. As i bought the car from the garage they agreed to only charge her parts and they knocked the vat off but it's still cost me £101. Starting to feel like I've been mugged off.
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I hate to say it but you certainly have been ripped off by these so called Mini Specialists. I'd be demanding my money back from them as this clearly isn't a job that's worth £101. I've fitted after market parts cheaper than that to friends cars and the fit has been spot on. Did the car have an exhaust finisher when you purchased it?
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Yeah it had a chunky chrome end in it. Do you know why the rear box looks like it has been welded on? From what I've seen online it looks like the system comes in one piece?
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The rear box is one piece right to the cat. I think the problem may lie with the hanger, especially if its an old one. I'd be asking them to align it correctly and replace the missing chrome trim that was on the original box. A lot of garages think that the trim is part of the exhaust when in fact its actually separate. My mate almost got mugged off like this when he got his exhaust renewed a few years ago but luckily he spotted it straight away and the guy dug his old exhaust out of the skip and retrieved his trim piece
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