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How Much Does a Muffler Cost?

 
average costMuffler Repairs: $30-$500+high costMuffler Replacement: $75-$750+
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A muffler is a baffle-filled cylinder designed to reduce engine emissions and noise; car mufflers are typically located underneath and at the rear of the vehicle. All states have laws requiring functioning mufflers on all vehicles driven on public roads. Symptoms that a muffler may need to be repaired or replaced include a rattling noise when starting, accelerating or braking; loud booms or hisses; rust or soot covering the tailpipe; or drowsiness while driving.

Typical costs:

  • Minor muffler repairs (such as welding a loose but still functioning muffler back in place or fixing broken clamps) can cost $30-$500 or more, depending on the specific work done and local labor rates. CostHelper Readers report paying $40-$300 for muffler repairs, at an average cost of $138. Most report finding the best repair prices at small, local muffler shops.
  • Having a muffler professionally replaced can cost $75-$750 or more, depending on the type of vehicle (whether it's a car, SUV, pickup or van), and whether the replacement parts are made by the vehicle's manufacturer (typically more expensive) or are aftermarket parts produced by other companies. Costs also depend on who does the work; small local muffler shops are usually the least expensive and car dealership service departments generally charge the highest prices. CostHelper readers report paying $80-$647 for replacing a muffler, with an average charge of $280.
  • In some circumstances -- particularly if other parts like the exhaust pipes or catalytic converter also need replacing -- the total can be considerably higher, or as much as $1,000-$2,500 or more. CostHelper readers report receiving quotes of $1,400-$2,200 before finding less-expensive alternatives.
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What should be included:
  • Quoted prices for muffler replacement should typically include the part, labor and any needed hoses or pipes. A muffler can come with either a limited or a lifetime warranty, but typically this only covers the muffler itself and not the attached pipes -- which usually wear out before the muffler.
  • In some cases, the muffler may be a "dealer item" only, meaning the repair shop will need to order the part from a dealership. While this may not necessarily impact the price, it could cause a delay of several days.
Additional costs:
  • A muffler can need replacing more than once in a vehicle's lifetime. Car experts Tom and Ray Magliozzi of the Car Talk[1] radio show say it's not unusual for an aftermarket replacement muffler to last about two years, especially in areas where it's exposed to rain, snow and salt.
Discounts:
  • Mufflers are typically covered under new vehicle warranties, and may be covered up to 50,000-60,000 miles or more, so if the car is relatively new, check before getting any work done.
  • Most do-it-yourselfers can do a few basic muffler repairs[2] , but muffler replacement requires stronger mechanical skills. A how-to video[3] demonstrates what is involved. An after-market muffler can cost $30-$200 or more, depending on the make and model of vehicle. A CostHelper reader in California reports paying $46 for a do-it-yourself muffler installation.
Shopping for a muffler:
  • Both the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[4] and the International Automotive Technicians Network[5] provide a searchable directory of repair shops.
  • Muffler replacement is not offered at all auto repair shops. Look for shops that offer "exhaust system" work.
  • Check for any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau[6] .
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[7] .
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Muffler Assembly from Resonators to the back
Amount: $634.00
Posted by: DonQ in Alexandria, VA.Posted: October 3rd, 2014 02:10PM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Pathfinder
Auto Shop: Barbers
Original muffler was still on there after 152K miles, which is pretty remarkable. Had to get the rear muffler assembly replaced. Spent $634 with parts and labor. Seems reasonable. I'm sure It could've been worse at a Dealership. Pricey but I think better than paying for a new car payment every month
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Exhaust Repair
Amount: $575.00
Posted by: Jack_Of_All_Tirades in Northern NJ, NJ.Posted: August 3rd, 2013 10:08AM
Car Make: 1999 SubaruCar Model: Impreza
Auto Shop: Local Shop, Northern NJ
Gaping hole in middle pipe (the one with resonator). My guy said connections for front and rear pipes were corroded. He said he worked to salvage the front pipe (w/ cat converter), but that rear pipe (w/ muffler) was close to going. So he replaced middle and rear pipes. Hard to second guess him, but I would have loved to get underneath myself and try to save the rear pipe! I could have gotten the middle pipe for $100, and if needed the rear pipe for about the same. Then again, exhaust systems can be nothing but frustration for a DIYer! How much is that worth? :)
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Exhausted from muffler master whipping
Amount: $542.14
Posted by: God's Son in Kannapolis, NC.Posted: January 18th, 2013 05:01AM
Car Make: S seriesCar Model: 95 Saturn
Auto Shop: Muffler Masters
Think I was yanked...they charged me for an exhaust system...
Flex pipe 59.99
Catalytic converter 179.99
Hangers 18
Weld 18
Labor 180.00 charged for three they were done in 1.5

Outrageous
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Muffler and exhaust replaced
Amount: $325.00
Posted by: a user in rutland, VT.Posted: November 20th, 2012 11:11AM
Car Make: toyota 4runner 2004Car Model:
Auto Shop: A&A
Told I needed a muffler and exhaust replacement.
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Complete exhaust
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Not as stupid as I must have looked in NH in Keene, NH.Posted: September 11th, 2012 05:09PM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Solara
Auto Shop: Toyota of Keene
Took it in for an inspection and a check engine light...told me it needed $3800. worth of repairs to pass! Wanted to charge me $2200.00 to replace the exhaust!!! Took it to a local garage and it passed with $800 worth of repairs. Didn't even need a whole exhaust replacement! Watch out people!
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muffler and pipe heanging low
Amount: $140.00
Posted by: newtocars in greenbay, WI.Posted: March 1st, 2012 09:03PM
Car Make: oldsmobileCar Model: achieve
Auto Shop: fair muffler
They raise it all up but cause a crack at the end of the catalytic converter. Easily fixed and Still did a great job on the muffler installation . Highly recommended to fix all your muffler needs
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Broken joint between midpipe and muffler
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: budabon in Sayre, PA.Posted: February 11th, 2012 10:02AM
Car Make: SubaruCar Model: Outback 2000
Auto Shop: Monro Muffler
Service person was ultimately very helpful but really priced this repair way high, to include the catalytic converter ($900). I could not afford $1400, let alone $650 to replace the midpipe and muffler, so her offered a weld of the join for $125. Still more than I should have paid, but, at least I have the repair I need for now and can decide on what to do with potential issues down the road.
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Muffler Replacement plus a bit more
Amount: $46.00
Posted by: js3 in Artesia, CA.Posted: August 20th, 2011 06:08AM
Car Make: 1990 DodgeCar Model: Grand Caravan
Auto Shop: DIY
Replaced muffler on my Caravan. Owned it since new and this is the third muffler.
Now, the "Plus a bit more" is about the catalytic converter. The internals have been rattling for a few years so I bought a CARB-compliant catalytic converter for $121 plus clamps and adapter pipes for another $18.26.
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Replaced rusted Muffler
Amount: $203.00
Posted by: Tech in Kenny Rd, Columbus, OH.Posted: August 2nd, 2011 12:08PM
Car Make: 2000Car Model: Nissan Sentra 1.8L
Auto Shop: N.A.S. Car Garage Auto Repair
I was in and out within 45 minutes and the car is so smooth and quiet now. Total is $140 for muffler and gasket(???!!!) + $44 labor + $6 disposal + 13 tax. If I look at the market value of parts, it would be like $85. So adjust the labor to $100. That is an OK cost for the location, although I could have done it cheaper had I spent time shopping around. Meineke at Sawmill said I had to replace many more parts and gave me an estimate of $300. Don't go to those dishonest people.
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Muffler Replaced
Amount: $115.00
Posted by: Cire in Chicago, IL.Posted: June 13th, 2011 06:06AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Accord
Auto Shop: Augusta & Paulina
Muffler was welded on since the pipe before the muffler was still in good condition. Quote to replace pipe (before muffler) once it rusted through was only $30.
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Muffler Welded
Amount: $40.00
Posted by: SeanK in Chicago, IL.Posted: May 31st, 2011 05:05AM
Car Make: MazadaCar Model: 1999 626 ES
Auto Shop: Car One
Car One Rocks!
I got a quote from Midas of $600 to replace the whole thing after convertor. Just too pricy!
I got the pipe weld at Car One 3.5 years ago for $65. Now it's broken again and only cost $40 to fix it!
Highly recommend this shop for mechanicals.
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Muffler Replacement
Amount: $481.00
Posted by: Fitz in New Paltz, NY.Posted: May 4th, 2011 02:05PM
Car Make: 2003 SubaruCar Model: outback - limited
Auto Shop: Midas
I needed everything except catalitic converter - well at 175,000 miles guess so, Muffler $138,(and pipes) $181 Resinator,gaskets and assessories comes to some $60, then one hour of labor $90.00, had to wait an hour for the parts to get there, was in shop 3 hours total.
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1999 Honda Civic. Muffler Replacement
Amount: $205.00
Posted by: Munipalli in FRAMINGHAM, MA.Posted: April 1st, 2011 11:04AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Civic
Auto Shop: Express Auto repair
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2001 Ford Focus this is # 2 muffler in 55,000 miles
Amount: $647.00
Posted by: Carol #1 in Litchfield, OH.Posted: February 17th, 2011 10:02AM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Focus wagon
Auto Shop: Harrison Ford
I can't believe this is the second muffler in 55,000 miles. They tell me it is because I do not drive enough. OK ~ but $647.00 replacement...I don't think so !!!
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MUFFLER WELDED
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: BillyV in Sturgeon Bay, WI.Posted: January 7th, 2011 03:01PM
Car Make: MercuryCar Model: Cougar
Auto Shop: Young Auto
catalytic converter disconnected from muffler. All they had to do was weld it back together. Payed a quarter of what I thought it was going to be!
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MUFFLER/OIL CHANGE
Amount: $199.00
Posted by: ROCKY in MONROE, MI.Posted: December 29th, 2010 06:12AM
Car Make: FORDCar Model: EXPLORER LTD
Auto Shop: MUFFLER MAN
MUFFLER HAD A HOLE IN IT FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS. COULDN'T TAKE NOISE AND FUMES ANYMORE. MUFFLER/ OIL CHANGE IN PRICE.
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muffler/tailpipe replaced
Amount: $435.00
Posted by: G Fal in Norwood, MA.Posted: December 10th, 2010 08:12AM
Car Make: Ford Explorer SportCar Model: 1999
Auto Shop: Norwood Brake & Alignment
Wish I'd checked this site before having work done.
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flex pipe only
Amount: $65.00
Posted by: Deal finder in cumberland, MD.Posted: December 9th, 2010 03:12PM
Car Make: nissanCar Model: maxima
Auto Shop: small muffler shop
Thought it was something major, but replaced OEM flex pipe with a custom one, including a custom made hanger. Completed in about 45 minutes including fitting and welding. This guy is amazing, should be good for another 10 years!
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muffler, welds, and out pipe
Amount: $225.00
Posted by: poopdoggydogg in tacoma, WA.Posted: December 4th, 2010 08:12AM
Car Make: toyotaCar Model: 86 mr2
Auto Shop: walts
A liitle high. I was expecting $150 - $180. But i was also fairly desperate. Shop was in university place, near tacoma. It was a universal muffler. Done in an hour.
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muffler/tip/ bigger piping 3.0 from 2.75
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Solaris304 in ranson, WV.Posted: October 14th, 2010 06:10PM
Car Make: gmcCar Model: envoy denali
Auto Shop: Bob's auto repair
got aftermarket flowmaster 50 suv muffler installed, increaseed all pipe size behind muffler to 3.0, piping was bought from Bob's auto repair shop. and bought nice tip from him as well,every thing was wielded on .. ice guy, talks, shows u things, will go back
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muffler
Amount: $1,432.05
Posted by: Roy Stock in Albany, NY.Posted: October 12th, 2010 03:10PM
Car Make: 2000 VolvoCar Model: V80
Auto Shop: Midas
I wished I'd known of this site. I was scalped.
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Replace Muffler
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Kent in Yarmouth, Maine in Portland, ME.Posted: September 10th, 2010 07:09AM
Car Make: Honda (1995)Car Model: Accord
Auto Shop: Midas
Price a little higher than expected - muffler is after-market with limited warantee. However, service very professional and friendly, and work was finished in 45 minutes. Mechanic saw my state inspection was due and offered to do it (not included in price).
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Midas Rocks!!!
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: nan m in Attleboro, MA.Posted: September 3rd, 2010 02:09PM
Car Make: NissenCar Model: Sentra
Auto Shop: Midas-Attleboro MA
Had quotes of $600 - $400 to replace muffler when Midas 'repaired' my existing muffler for $80!
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Replace Muffler
Amount: $317.00
Posted by: Annedria@aol.com in New York, NY.Posted: July 28th, 2010 01:07PM
Car Make: Honda CivicCar Model: 1999
Auto Shop: Queenshill Service Station Inc.
To replace muffer and gasket.
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Exhaust Pipe + Muffler
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: pat1766 in Newark, DE.Posted: June 26th, 2010 12:06PM
Car Make: 2000 HondaCar Model: Civic EX
Auto Shop: midas
Exhaust Pipe was 225, Muffler was 175, Labor was 150 at Midas. I believe this is really overpriced
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wow
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: happy in the fort in Fort Wayne, IN.Posted: June 15th, 2010 06:06AM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: Camry
Auto Shop: Fair Muffler- Ft. Wayne
Was quoted an entire front pipe by 2 of the "big-chain" shops. They were both over $400. A friend told me about Fair Muffler, and wow. They replaced just my flex pipe (which was the only part that was leaking) for about $150 with labor and tax. The employees had a great, friendly attitude. The price was excellant and they had my car finished in under an hour. I will be seeing them again!
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muffler only
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: lodger in framingham, MA.Posted: April 30th, 2010 03:04AM
Car Make: 1993 mercuryCar Model: tracer
Auto Shop: midas
replaced rear muffler & pipe 20 minutes labor what is the fair price
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