Hi everyone, last year I purchased my 2009 CR-V in Massachusetts last May in preparation for a big move to Los Angeles. Car has been great so far and has given me no issues and has required nothing but minor work and maintenance.
For a couple of months now I've noticed a exhaust-like smell in the cabin after driving for a while and having the cabin air on.
Whenever I turn off the air or use the recirculate button the smell pretty much would disappear. I've been a bit worried about this being an exhaust leak and brought it to a shop to check.
The mechanic showed me the images below stating that the bolts connecting the exhaust manifold to this piping have rusted so much that they appear to have failed. Overall he mentioned he wasn't confident on being able to remove and replace the bolts as they have more rust than he has experienced in LA (gotta love snow and salty roads 😁). He felt that at worst he'd have to replace the exhaust manifold and was uncertain if he'd need to weld any piping for the exhaust portion of this connection. If piping did need to be replaced it would have to be at another shop as he didnt have the tools for this.
He quoted me $800 for a replacement exhaust manifold. Does that seem right? Im convinced that the price he was giving included labor but after asking to confirm if that was just for the part he said yes....I'm still confident there was a miscommunication as a quick google search seems to point to this being closer to $200-$300 for just the part. Going to call once more to confirm tomorrow.
I wanted to get anyone's opinion on the below images. What am I looking at here? Looks like the exhaust leak is coming from here and am looking to get more informed on what these are and what a repair might entail.
Thank you very much for any information!