Replace it with what and by whom? If it's genuine MB parts and
being done by the dealer, I can see that price. If it's aftermarket
parts and the local foreign car shop, it sure sounds like a hosing to
me. I'm not familiar with that specific model, but exhaust
components from the cat converter back are rarely that expensive.
I recently did the exhaust on my 1980 300SD and the aftermarket
muffler and pipes were a couple hundred bucks total. I also needed a
new header pipe, which is only available from MB Germany. That cost
me about another $350. But since the original lasted 27 years, and
this one will likely last a similar time, it wasn't all that bad.
Go to any of the online parts suppliers, like AutoPartsGiant, and you
can find prices for aftermarket exhausts and figure it out yourself.
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