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Do you happen to know if the 2005 Corolla LE came standard with a stainless steel exhaust?The muffler itself does not seem to be the problem so I am concerned that one of the pipes has rusted through.

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No they are not stainless still

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How much does it cost for the exhaust

Most after-market exhaust companies offer four types of components:
  1. Cat-back exhaust systems - anywhere from $300 to $1200 - The final cost will depend on steel thickness and type, as well as muffler quality.
  2. Axle-back exhaust systems - same as above
  3. High performance mufflers - $75-$300 - The quality of the muffler's materials inside, as well as the type of steel and thickness used, impact the final price.
  4. Exhaust system tips - $25-$150 per tip - Almost all cat-back or axle-back systems include a quality exhaust tip. However, if you're building your own system, you can purchase an exhaust tip to "dress up" your factory pipe.
The schematic below shows where the "cat" (a.k.a. catalytic converter) is in relation to the engine. While many companies sell high-performance catalytic converters, they are fairly expensive and usually don't restrict exhaust flow too much, so we're not going to worry about them here.
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This is a stylized schematic of an exhaust system.
On some vehicles, the muffler is mounted behind the rear axle. In this case, exhaust manufacturers sell "axle-back" systems. The only difference between a cat-back and an axle-back exhaust is the length of tubing - both include a new muffler. Therefore, there's not a lot of cost difference between the two. Both cat-back and axle-back systems include tubing, a muffler(s), and then all the hardware needed to mount the new system in place of the factory system. Most of the time, these systems use the factory exhaust hangers to make install as easy as possible.
Since a high-performance muffler is a part of a cat-back or axle-back exhaust system, buying a muffler by itself is usually the least expensive option in terms of parts cost. Keep in mind, however, that mufflers have higher labor costs. They're not necessarily less expensive by the time all the labor costs have been accounted for.
Muffler Only vs. Cat-back or Axle-back The biggest advantage in purchasing a full cat-back or axle-back system is that install is really simple. Many of these systems can be installed at home with basic tools. Conversely, installing a muffler at home may not be so simple - cutting and welding may be required. What's more, some after market mufflers require significant re-routing of your stock exhaust tubing...and that can get expensive very quickly.
The other advantage in a full cat-back or axle-back system is that they are often tuned to your specific vehicle and the included muffler(s). All things being equal, a cat-back or axle-back system will perform slightly better than a muffler only.
Stainless Steel vs Aluminized or Galvanized Steel The main difference between a stainless steel exhaust system and an aluminized or galvanized system is durability. Stainless systems will last a lifetime due to their ability to resist corrosion, with 200 300 series stainless systems being more resistant than 300 200 series systems (only the difference is slight). Some manufacturers will try and convince you that one type of stainless system (200, 300, or 400) has better sound quality than another, but there's no evidence we're aware of to support these claims. In fact, stainless steel tends to be slightly thinner than aluminizied steel. If anything, an aluminized system may have better sound quality.
Having said that, the muffler itself is the biggest factor in sound. The steel used in the system isn't as important as some make it out to be (at least in terms of sound quality).
When it comes to choosing between stainless and aluminized systems, it's important to consider your local environment. If you live in an area where corrosion risks are high (such as cold-weather areas that use salt to de-ice roadways), stainless steel may be a reasonable upgrade because it will resist rust. On the other hand, if your local environment is dry and the corrosion risks are low, the only reason to buy a stainless system is for looks.
Exhaust Tips There are probably thousands of different exhaust system tips available. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. Stainless steel tips are very resistant to corrosion, but they don't shine up as nicely as chrome. Also, stainless steel tips are more likely to "blue", or change color during use. Titanium is also a material used to make exhaust tips - it's incredibly corrosion resistant, but just like stainless it's prone to blue during use. If you like the blue coloring, titanium is probably your best choice. If you want the shiny look, chrome is the way to go. If you want a tip that you can shine up every once in a while - but that's also resistant to the elements - stainless is a smart choice.
Exhaust System Labor Costs If you purchase a cat-back or axle-back exhaust system, labor costs are often very low. These systems bolt-on and use the existing factory hangers. In fact, many performance shops will install a cat-back exhaust system free of charge if you purchase it directly from them.
If you decide you want to purchase a muffler only, you'll want to get an install estimate from your local exhaust shop BEFORE you buy that muffler. Sometimes, installation is very straightforward and the cost is as little as $100. Other times, fabrication is required and the cost can be as high as $300 (or more). If the installation requires a lot of fabrication, you may be better off buying a cat-back or axle-back system instead.

Sep 16, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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My toyota echo 2000 is in great shape but if start it run or accelerate it then its too loud.... but we check the muffler has no leak...

check for a crack in the manifold to exhaust pipe connection
to allow the engine to move ,there is normally a flexible piece of exhaust pipe in a stainless steel braid that cracks and allows exhaust sound out especially on acceleration
could be even broken at the manifold connection at the flange

Jul 06, 2015 | Toyota Cars & Trucks

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When I first start my 2005 Camry and put it in gear (fwd) when I press the gas it makes a horrible sound like the fan is hitting something? It doesn't do this once the engine is warmed up? H

I believe something is loose or broken around your exhaust, either a heat shield, an exhaust mount, or a baffle in the front muffler. To inspect this safely you will need a set of good wheel ramps, and wriggle around underneath. If you are unsure about checking this, take it to a muffler shop or an auto mech.

Oct 07, 2014 | 2005 Toyota Camry LE

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Stop leaking?

There should be rubber hoses at either end of the metal pipe to allow for engine ,movement. It would be black steel pipe and it rusts out from lack of coolant conditioner.. A final fix for this would be to take it to a muffler/ exhaust shop and have a new pipe bent to shape made out of exhaust stainless steel tubing

Mar 14, 2014 | 2000 Ford Windstar

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Particulate filter was removed from sierra 2500 2007 so now just straight pipe with a muffler. I did not know to look for this. How much to replace whole exhaust system?

I have a 2005 , 1500 Sierra and had to replace mine a while back. The dealership wanted over $800 CAN for a regular GM exhaust with a one year warranty, got them to look for a Magna-flow stainless steel exhaust with a lifetime warranty for about $650 can (this was from the manifold back) PS IT ALSO HAS A GREAT SOUND!!!

Jan 16, 2014 | 2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD

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Last night i ran over a road reflector that was on the road and a few moments later i hear rattling coming from my car. i look under and its the metal sheet on top of my muffler. how can i fix this?

Given that it is a 2005 model, there shouldn't be too much rust. Locate a trusted muffler/exhaust shop in your area and they can probably wled it back into place for a small fee (i.e. $20).

May 21, 2011 | 2005 Toyota Corolla

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Exhaust system rattling on 2005 300C. 58,000 miles!

You have a loose heat shield or a broken rubber mount.

jack your car up make sure you put some thing under need like a jack stand ( just for safety) and manually shake your muffler usually rattling noises are cause when metal rubes metal.

Jun 17, 2009 | 2005 Chrysler 300

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Catalytic converter error code

the dealership advised that I get the exhaust pipe, catalytic converter and both the sensors replaced for a price tag of $2,500.
Very pricey - you don't know if the sensors are bad until the cat is replaced and the two sensors are not part of the cat; one is located near the exhaust manifold, the other after the cat.  I would check with independents for their prices on replacement of the converter alone, then replace the sensors if they still are producing an error; they are exposed to very high temps for a very long time so they may truly be bad. The cost for a generic catalytic converter is under <$100 US but those do have to be installed by pro's since they need to cut and weld to use a generic. There may be an aftermarket unit that won't require that; do a little research on it. Actually, the 147K is impressive; the feds only require that emissions systems (oe any part of it) last 50K so you have been getting a free ride.
Also, your reduced gas mileage can very well be caused by the decay of the cat. If the guts start to disintegrate, they can migrate into the muffler, partially clogging it and creating higher back-pressure than the engine likes. On a past car of mine, my mileage increased by about 20% over a few thousand miles, then started falling again and the car very noticeably lost power until it wouldn't pull a grade on my daily circuit any more. After investigating and listening to the tailpipe, I determined that the muffler was blocked; the exhaust 'note' was no longer a muffled firing noise but a steady hiss (you should listen to yours at an idle), indicating that the exhaust was struggling to exit. That particular car had a heavy gauge stainless exhaust system so I took my .44 magnum and shot twice into the nearly straight system, punctured nothing to the outside world but permanently cleared the muffler of obstructions. I don't advise doing that with the average exhaust system. BTW, the exhaust note was only slightly louder than it had been when new.    

Oct 30, 2008 | 1999 Toyota Corolla

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Weird Sound while in motion


To my knowledge, the only possible source of any growl (noise) underneath the car towards the center or rear would be the exhaust pipe after the converter before the muffler. Often they use rubber dougnuts as hanger support. A loose or broken support would significantly misalign thie exhaust pipe enough to cause vibration or wind induced noise.

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Jul 27, 2008 | 2001 Toyota Corolla

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