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As my Fiat Spider is coming up to 4 years old and I live in NW England (lots of rain and winter rock salt for those not familiar with the area) I decided to plan ahead and find out the cost and availability for a replacement rear backbox. Having previously owned an Alfa 159 ti and been asked to pay almost £300 + fitting, I feared that once again our Italian friends would expect me to single handedly resolve Italy's financial woes.. I'm glad to say that in such times of uncertainly that we are all living through right now, some things never change!

For just the rear mild steel backbox, Fiat quoted £396 + fitting and confirm that the required gasket is on several weeks back order. As a result of this I've booked my car in with a specialist custom exhaust manufacturer for a full cat back system fabricated out of stainless steel with a lifetime warranty all for £350. In addition to longevity, the new system will give me a modest and welcome increase in noise and although not vital, probably a small increase in performance. Not sure how Fiat can begin to justify such a ridiculous price for a mediocre product as the standard backbox.

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Yep Simon, that sounds about right for Fiat...Like Arthur I have my original exhaust rear and box with 1500 miles on them stored away in my "Good-Win" Road Sport, Dual Tip box, still looking as new. Sounds like you "may" have found a solution, just be careful that what these specials offer is actually that good, some are dreadful build quality and /or performance levels so if you can access reviews....Cheers
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Thanks Arthur - Generous offer, but if truth be told the idea of a moderately enhanced sound from a custom exhaust does appeal.

As always Ron wise words. I've used a firm in Ormskirk before now for my Wife's Alfa and the results on all fronts were excellent. I've done the same research on the firm in Darwen with all indications being very positive, so much so that he is booked up until the 4th Dec. All contact so far suggests he knows his stuff and come across as a very genuine person. Once done I'll let everyone know how its goes
 
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