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    The one on my Mazda 2 near the exhaust is loose and rattles. I took it to a garage and they advised ripping it off which I didn't want as its obviously there for a reason. I phoned up Mazda and they want about £100 to purchase and fit a new one which a lot of dosh. Is it worth doing?

    My car will also need an MOT and full service the end of May which will be another £200 almost.

    Any ideas?
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