View Full Version : JCW Exhaust Baffle (Norm/Chris! :P)

5th July 2007, 06:33 PM
Had my original jcw exhaust replaced under warranty by Eastern, the baffle had went for a long time and i just never got round to getting it replaced/fixed.

However, the baffle is going again, i can hear it rattling, not completely loose but theres a wee rattle starting and getting worse. 3~4months out of an exhaust is pretty shocking :eek:.
Is there any known repairs for this yet norman seeing as its a recognised problem? If not, does anyone know if it would be possible for an exhaust place to either fit a better silencer or get into the inside of the current and sort it once and for all (remove em ;)) not sure if they can or not given its stainless steel. Don't want to have someone hack away and weld on it to find after a month it starts blowing/breaking away :o.

Seriously tempted to go playmini route etc (maybe even JCW S exhaust?) as this is gonna be a pain in the arse if it keeps happening! :rolleyes:

6th July 2007, 10:44 AM
< Baffled :rolleyes:

6th July 2007, 12:08 PM
Shut it you :rolleyes:

6th July 2007, 12:10 PM
hey mate just book it in get it checked :D

6th July 2007, 12:24 PM
Its a nuisance though, much like myself lol.

6th July 2007, 12:47 PM
I'd get on to the Dealer again and get it checked out - no point paying somebody to hack it about (thus totally invalidating any cover etc). If there's something inherently wrong with these silencers (which seems strange) ask for your money back, as it's "not fit for purpose".

6th July 2007, 01:00 PM
It is a known problem with the cooper jcw exhaust, as a few members on here will confirm they had it replaced under warranty like i did. But i know it's going to go again in a few months time as the past two have :rolleyes:

Was thinking of going down the hacking route as it would solve the problem altogether but surely they must have changed something in the manufacturing process as to prevent this fault constantly re-occuring, it seems not though :(

6th July 2007, 03:57 PM
Help ma boab I'm exhausted now ....:rolleyes:

<Saying nothing about the Playmini one either :cool: >

7th July 2007, 09:41 PM
Sweeney, that's a bummer - if it's recognised fault, requiring replacement (which is obviously the case, as they've replaced it under warranty before, thereby admitting liabilty), I'd be asking for my money back, as it's simply not up to the job ('Fit for Purpose') and you shouldn't have the hassle of replacing the exhaust every few months - no matter who's paying for it. Ridiculous.

Folks tend to spend the extra dosh on the JCW gear as it implies a 'BMW- assured' quality - so if the quality's not there, one of the main incentives for buying the stuff's shot to bits and it's being sold under false pretences. Who actually manufactures these COOPER silencers for JCW/BMW anyway? The Early Learning Centre?

7th July 2007, 10:23 PM
kinda got to agree with Elfman on this one :) .... if you look at my JCW exhaust on my last car it only lasted 6 months before the back box had to be replaced as the baffles had collapsed... If you look at any Playmini exhaust for a Cooper (as that is the direct comparison) then most (and I can only go by what I know) have not failed and Low'n'loud has had his for about 4 years and GAJ has the one that is off my first Cooper so that will be 3+ years old and neither of them have had any problems with build quality/faults.

The playmini is also cheaper so it's not as if you paying more for longevity ?

Think JCW/BMW/MINI need to sort this problem out, before people start to lose confidence in the products.. :(

Mon the fish
7th July 2007, 10:33 PM
before people start to lose confidence in the products.. :(

Think people are with the R56.... :rolleyes:

7th July 2007, 10:41 PM
Think people are with the R56.... :rolleyes:

not completely with me, but we shall see what the next few months hold... ;)

7th July 2007, 11:32 PM
Totally agree ewan, thats my main gripe. Purchasing the JCw to retain peace of mind, build quality etc but they are obviously failing when they shouldnt be.

Im swayed for going for a playmini exhaust, i'd hate to see the Works engraving disappear though :(. Will get it changed again once in for service (shortly) then if it goes ill change to something else

8th July 2007, 08:16 AM
Re Topic subject !!!!!
I agree with the above posts....it will be replaced no problem at all , its a pain I know,however , if you have to keep going back to the dealers every few months I'd be thinking about a complete refund ....if you can get it that is :rolleyes:

10th July 2007, 01:19 PM
BMW MUST be aware that there's a problem with the old JCW COOPER exhaust - I wonder if they're content to let it go and just replace them if and when they're forced to (while stocks last that is), as they're obviously concentrating on punting the R56 and maybe don't expect many sales from now on for the R53 JCW exhaust.

However, they'll have to sort out any quality problems before they release stuff like the inevitable (and no doubt pricey) 'JCW Soundkit' for the R56 COOPER, if folks lose confidence in the JCW 'brand' (that's all it is now), BMW will lose a hell of a lot of money. Not a good move to sell faulty goods at premium prices.....You can hear the misguided BMW Marketing man.....“Buy it in cheap, stick a JCW label on it and add a ton to the price - they'll buy it anyway!”. Doesn't do a manufacturer any good to treat their customers as if they were numpties. I'd like to know who makes 'em though - so we can avoid them.... I think Janspeed used to do some of JCW's stuff for the 'classic' Mini, but you'd think they'd be pretty good quality. Also, the bods at JCW were involved themselves in the R53 bits and pieces, so they should be kosher. We'll have to wait and see what happens in the next exciting instalment of Sweeney's “Tale of the Tail Box”....