Hi folks, just joined the forum as I am now the proud owner of an Astra Coupe Turbo. Started shopping around for a new exhaust as the original one was rusting pretty badly. Heard good things about the Blue Flame catback systems and after spotting a few for sale on Ebay I decided to go ahead and order one.
Anyway, the new exhaust arrived the next day exactly as described and I had it fitted the next. The work was done by a pretty decent and well known custom exhausts outfit in Strathaven near Glasgow so I didnt expect any problems.
However, when I went to pick it up I couldnt have been any more disappointed. There was nothing wrong with the tailpipe itself, it was the fact that it was sticking out the back by several inches (see pictures). As you can see from the pics it looked ridiculous. I explained to the guy that fitted it that it didnt stick out as far in any of the Blue Flame pictures nor in any of the pictures Id seen of people who'd had the same exhaust fitted. He said he'd done nothing wrong and for £40 he would cut the pipe between the backbox and tailpipe to make it 'more flush' with the bumper.
Having already shelled out more than I could afford, I decided to call Blue Flame to see if they could shed any light on the matter. I spoke to Nigel, the manager, who was very polite and assured me he would look into it. He called me back later that day and explained that they had sent me the correct exhaust and that they were as perplexed as I was that the fitting had gone so wrong. He then offered to pay my expenses to bring the car down to Skelmersdale (near Liverpool) to try to sort things out.
I accepted and drove down two days later. They took it straight into the workshop and showed me what had gone wrong. The guy simply hadn't bothered to push the sleeve fitting as far back as it it should go!! Sheer laziness was the cause of the problem!
They fixed it there and then they even offered me another tailpipe as a goodwill gesture, even though it wasn't their fault! I decided I'd go for something a bit different so I picked some sort of 4 inch slash cut pipe. Now, I couldn't be happier with the new exhaust and I wouldnt hesitate to use Blue Flame again.
Heres some pics before and after:
after a visit to the Blue Flame factory:
the 'after' pics aint too great, ran out of daylight!
P.S Sorry about the enormous post!!!