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#7876 of 8657 Re: 2003 outback catalytic converter [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 22, 2008 (12:12 pm)
The catalytic converter I purchased (for less than $300) and the official part I was quoted the $950 installed price was both the front and the back combined (with the short piece of pipe connecting the two). I checked and both the 2001 and the 2003 aftermarket part has the same part number, so I still think that $2,500 seems way to steep, unless the official (Subaru) parts are actually different parts and the 2003 part is radically different from the 2001 official part.
#7877 of 8657 Re: 2003 outback catalytic converter [dakotadriver]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 22, 2008 (12:14 pm)
I think the 2003 part would be different and also if it were a California car it would be more expensive.
#7878 of 8657 Re: 2003 outback catalytic converter [bdare]
Oct 22, 2008 (12:22 pm)
No, that does not seem steep. It seems like a downright fleecing! Definitely shop around....
Also, you might find out the code that was stored in the computer. If it was P0420, "Catalytic Converter Below Threshold," it may be more complicated than a "bad cat." Oxygen sensors that are beginning to gum up with deposits can cause false positives for the P0420 code, and that means if you replace the cat, you might still have the code return.
Now, if the oxygen sensors are original on the car, and especially if you have noticed a drop in fuel economy either lately or gradually, it may certainly be time to change the sensors. I think they are somewhere around $100 each.
#7880 of 8657 2001 Subaru Legacy GT
Oct 20, 2008 (1:10 pm)
Has anyone had problems with cracked engine blocks? My husband and I have BOTH had to replace our engines due to this. We've maintained our vehicles very well, and have not abused our cars in any way.
Both engines were replaced at about 60,000 miles, my husband's last December, and mine this month, when it hit, ironically, about 60,000 miles.
#7881 of 8657 Re: 2001 Subaru Legacy GT [dhall5]
Oct 20, 2008 (8:19 pm)
Have not heard of any cracked blocks in those generation engines. Head Gaskets, are a fairly common issue however.
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#7882 of 8657 Re: 2003 outback catalytic converter [xwesx]
Oct 22, 2008 (8:19 pm)
Personally I'd buy a generic (1 or 2) high flow cat from the web and have a local exhaust shop cut out your old ones and replace them with the new generic cats. They run about $150/each on the web and installation probably another $150/each.
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#7883 of 8657 Re: 2003 outback catalytic converter [paisan]
Oct 23, 2008 (6:11 am)
I was told by the local exhaust shop that no generic cat. converters would fit on the Subaru. I was told by another mechanic, after I kept having the same problems with the check engine light coming on (P0420 - Cat inefficiency) after putting the aftermarket part on that (on the forums used by mechanics) they have found that Subaru's seem to not play well with others (i.e., they only seem to like genuine Subaru parts). When my alternator went out earlier this year they tried replacing it with a non-Subaru alternator and it wouldn't fix the problem, but when they put the genuine Subaru part on it worked fine. Has anyone had luck with a non-Subaru cat? Just curious.
Oct 23, 2008 (9:44 am)
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#7885 of 8657 Re: 2001 Subaru Legacy GT [dhall5]
Oct 23, 2008 (10:59 am)
Did you have engine overheating?
Cracked blocks are rare. Gaskets fail and then overheat, and some times the heads end up warped. That's more common. I wonder if that's what your mechanic meant? Warped heads?