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      02-02-2012, 04:45 PM   #23
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I have seen OEM M exhaust on sale for 3500 shipped.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/160728498748...witem=&vxp=mtr
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      02-02-2012, 07:02 PM   #24
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FYI though.... most people that owned the performance arent happy in the long run... most switch to AKRA slip on / or other exhaust
Interesting. Where is this happening, because I haven't seen anyone bitching about theirs, and people sure do feel free to bitch about exhaust systems.

Anyway, I love mine. No complaints. It's getting better with use, too.

I got it for about $900 below MSRP.
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      02-02-2012, 07:27 PM   #25
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I can see guys interested in some performance gains (full system) and/or something that has race db's moving from the M Performance.
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      02-02-2012, 08:33 PM   #26
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FYI though.... most people that owned the performance arent happy in the long run... most switch to AKRA slip on / or other exhaust
Interesting. Where is this happening, because I haven't seen anyone bitching about theirs, and people sure do feel free to bitch about exhaust systems.

Anyway, I love mine. No complaints. It's getting better with use, too.

I got it for about $900 below MSRP.
Hahaha not in the forum like i said u wont see them here cause tey dont want to bad mouth an exhaust they are trying to sell....
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      02-02-2012, 10:58 PM   #27
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wow they must have recently changed it, the last time i looked at ebay, the price for the M exhaust was ~4k range

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      02-02-2012, 11:57 PM   #28
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then get it...
i'm not sure if you have seen one installed from the back it looks like 2 overgrown balls hanging...
I was torn betweeen the Akra SO (which I've seen and heard) and BMW PES (which I have not see or heard). I believe you just swayed me to Akra - - Thanks!
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      02-03-2012, 11:05 AM   #29
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I love my m performance exhaust. Quiet when it needs to be, sings when you want it to.
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I was torn betweeen the Akra SO (which I've seen and heard) and BMW PES (which I have not see or heard). I believe you just swayed me to Akra - - Thanks!
Yea people i know with the performance exhaust regret it after hearing my AKRA SLIP ON... specially when you have an EVO
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Also love my M performance exhaust .

I agree it cannot please everyone's taste, but it is prefect for me. Quiet when it needs to be, no drone, and just loud enough when you want it to be. Also love the looks of the pipes, subtle yet very nice.

A few of my buddies have more aggressive exhausts on their M3s. While I admit that they do sound great (sometimes much better than the m-peformance exhaust), I personally could not live with them on a day-to-day basis. Especially the drone some of them have .

I also have not heard of many who are unhappy with this exhaust and switched to something else. What I have heard is mostly the other way around .

I got a very reasonable price for mine as I got the dealer to swap it with the STD exhaust under warranty, so it made it even more attractive .
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      02-05-2012, 02:10 AM   #32
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then get it...

FYI though.... most people that owned the performance arent happy in the long run... most switch to AKRA slip on / or other exhaust
LoL at this comment.

Just because you know 4 guys aren't happy with their performance exhaust doesn't represent MOST people...

This thread along already has 5 owners replied and said they love their m exhaust. Well +1, I love mine too.
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I didn't like mine, and sold it. It was built nicely, but it didn't sound great. I thought the Akrapovic sounded better, and a lot less raspy. I didn't think the BMW Performance exhaust got loud enough, either.
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I didn't like mine, and sold it. It was built nicely, but it didn't sound great. I thought the Akrapovic sounded better, and a lot less raspy. I didn't think the BMW Performance exhaust got loud enough, either.
You probably didn't keep it long enough. Mine has been heat cycled very well on the track and it has definitely gotten louder and opened up. I have read/heard that BMW purposely designed the exhaust to meet TUV noise regulations initially, but then get louder than that with use. Might be some sort of urban legend but again I do believe mine has changed.

I have never heard the Akra in person, but I don't find the BMW PE to be raspy. But this is the great thing and the troubling thing about buying an exhaust. They all sound different to different people. So when someone comes on here and says "What exhaust should I buy?" I always a little bit.

The other thing everyone seems to forget about this exhaust is that it is made from Iconel. Not that anyone really cares that this exotic alloy is used, not even me, but the only other Iconel exhaust that I think is on the market is offered by Eisenmann. It retails for around $7000, so by comparison, this exhaust is a bargin!
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I didn't like mine, and sold it. It was built nicely, but it didn't sound great. I thought the Akrapovic sounded better, and a lot less raspy. I didn't think the BMW Performance exhaust got loud enough, either.
Weren't you pairing the M Performance exhaust with Turner Test pipes? I'm glad you were one of the pioneers on doing this, saved me some money. It doesn't play well with aftermarket pipes from what I'm hearing.

Mine got noticeably louder also. Starting around 3K is where I notice the increase...still no drone.
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You probably didn't keep it long enough. Mine has been heat cycled very well on the track and it has definitely gotten louder and opened up. I have read/heard that BMW purposely designed the exhaust to meet TUV noise regulations initially, but then get louder than that with use. Might be some sort of urban legend but again I do believe mine has changed.

I have never heard the Akra in person, but I don't find the BMW PE to be raspy. But this is the great thing and the troubling thing about buying an exhaust. They all sound different to different people. So when someone comes on here and says "What exhaust should I buy?" I always a little bit.

The other thing everyone seems to forget about this exhaust is that it is made from Iconel. Not that anyone really cares that this exotic alloy is used, not even me, but the only other Iconel exhaust that I think is on the market is offered by Eisenmann. It retails for around $7000, so by comparison, this exhaust is a bargin!

I did sell the exhaust to a friend and he likes it. He's put a few thousand miles on it, so it's probably done breaking in. It did get a little bit louder, but it's still too quiet for me, with just the rear section.

I should have been more clear, it's not raspy by itself but if you do a primary or secondary cat delete even with resonators, it's pretty raspy. It is very well made, etc, I just thought that the price was too high for what you get. I'm just not a huge fan of the tone.
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