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Bad catalytic converter?

My 2003 nissan pathfinder recently failed the e-check test, check engine light diagnostic showed left side front catalytic convertor was below threshold allowable. I was told cost for after market part was around $750.00 plus labor puts it around $1100.00 to fix. Is there a limit to the cost involved to conform the vehicle to the echeck standard?

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Log onto www.partstrain.com. I believe they have Catalytic converters for your pathfinder for under $200.00, there OEM direct fit which means no cutting other then removing the old bolts.
If it is the Catalytic converter you can always buy it from on line and have a muffler shop install it like speedy or midas. Make sure you ask for stainless bolts and nuts.
Before you go through all the trouble, re check the DTC codes. Most of the time it's the O2 sensors that go bad and i question the garage charging you so much for the replacement of a catalytic converter.
Good luck and keep me posted.

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Below threshold huh, looks like maybe your cat is clogging up and not able to let through enough exhaust. Well, this is what I would do. Go buy a CAT converter, aftermarket or not, get a grinder or a pipe cutting tool, cut your original CAT out, then weld or have someone weld or fix the new CAT in place with exhaust sleeves/adapters. Whole process should cost no more that 400 dollars if you have a shop weld. If not, should be around 300 - 320. Good luck.

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    I agree with Molson, they are overcharging you for whatever needs to be done. Way too much for a cat replacement. Because look at it money wise, hour labor - 70 dollars, new cat "THEY GET DISCOUNTS" so a new cat to them, should be cheaper than you buying it. So either way, they will spend around 150 for cat...+140 for labor, = 290. So why charge so much?


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