The seventh-generation Chevy Malibu only came with a single exhaust tip, save for the range-topping LTZ trim level, which incorporated a sporty-looking dual exhaust setup with a different rear bumper.
It seems as though owners of lesser 2013 to 2016 model year Chevy Malibu models are a bit jealous of the LTZ’s dual exhaust setup. The Instagram account @MoparMemes recently uploaded a video taken by a mechanic of a seventh-gen Chevy Malibu up on a lift in a service bay with a rather odd homemade dual exhaust that mimics the LTZ’s factory exhaust configuration. The problem with this particular custom exhaust? It isn’t actually connected to anything.
Whoever installed this dual exhaust was apparently only concerned with how it looked, as they simply welded a J-shaped pipe onto the chassis and attached an exhaust tip to it. The exhaust tip doesn’t even match the Malibu’s stock tip, either, so we’re not sure if this DIY setup would be fooling very many people.
Fake exhaust tips have become a common trend in the automotive industry. Many automakers want the styling benefit of dual exhaust tips, but without the drawbacks that might come with such a setup, such as added costs and the potential for more soot to build up on the rear bumper. This homemade DIY fake exhaust is really no different than the fake exhaust seen on many modern-day luxury cars, but we’d definitely get a good laugh out of it if we were a mechanic. We won’t fault anyone for trying to improve the way their vehicle looks, but it’s pretty funny to see what looks like an exhaust pipe feeding straight into the chassis.
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