Reviewed By Liane Madison T (Meriden, CT) Reviewed for a 2004 Dodge Dakota —11/20/2007 5:39 AM
I've wanted a Magnaflow performance exhaust system since I bought my Dakota 3 years ago (Sport Quad Cab, 4X4). I finally took the plunge and some buddies of mine offered to install it (being performance car and truck guys with serious skills, whereas I am "just a girl" without the garage experience to do something like this myself). So getting the old exhaust off after 3 years of New England climate to harden all the attachments and rust over everything... that took about 2 hours, a lot of patience, and serious forearm strength. Getting the pristine, stainless steel Magnaflow system aligned, seamlessly attached, and fully secured... took about half an hour, if that. The two guys who installed it and worked on various other truck improvements that day were very impressed with the quality of the Magnaflow system in design and manufacturing (both guys are engineers, too). There's plenty of secure overlap where the pipe sections go together, the welds on the hangers are nicely done, and the material is definitely built to last. As the girl who wanted her truck to sound like a "Big Boy Truck" and drive with a little more bite...I couldn't be happier. It sounds great and it definitely feels like it's driving differently (a bit more power, stronger pull). I've even noticed a slight improvement on fuel economy (at least according to the truck computer). Oh, and the appearance of the Magnaflow system with the stainless steel angle-cut tip... Priceless. It looks really sharp! The only negative I would have is that sometimes it can be a bit loud in the cab--but that was sort of the point, so I'm not complaining. But that is why I say Magnaflow's exhaust system is not for the faint of heart. Not everyone wants that roar in their ears... If you do, you won't be disappointed!