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Old 05-17-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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CEL Catalitic Converter

Driving along and got a CEL. Took it to my local garage and he said the code was a bad right bank catalitic Converter. Was told that I had to use porsche parts and the repair for the right converter would be $1900. Was he correct and is this price in the ball park. I decided to have him reset the code and look into it before pulling the trigger on the repairs. Second item: the headliner has become lose from the front. He said it was broken clips. Can these be purchased and is it a reasonable fix?

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A new cat from Porsche is $1,200+. Used from a dismantler $400-$500. Used from eBay ~$200. Your choice.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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Driving along and got a CEL. Took it to my local garage and he said the code was a bad right bank catalitic Converter. Was told that I had to use porsche parts and the repair for the right converter would be $1900. Was he correct and is this price in the ball park. I decided to have him reset the code and look into it before pulling the trigger on the repairs. Second item: the headliner has become lose from the front. He said it was broken clips. Can these be purchased and is it a reasonable fix?
Not knowing what year and model of car you have, I've provided a sample of what I found on eBay in 5 minutes. This should take you abou 2 hours including raising the car. Jack it the night before and spay all bolts/nuts with penetrant. Get a new exhaust gasket from your dealer. This is DIY that can be accomplished for less than $300...

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Old 05-18-2013, 01:17 PM   #4
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:27 AM   #5
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Put an ad on this Forum. Someone who has upgraded will be happy to re-cooperate some of their cost. You pick it up cheaper than ebay.

I sold mine here and was happy to get rid of it. The other guy was happy to pass inspection. WIn- Win
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A new cat from Porsche is $1,200+. Used from a dismantler $400-$500. Used from eBay ~$200. Your choice.
Just for information's sake..... is it legal to have a repair shop install used cats in CA? Here in NC, it is illegal to sell used converters to anyone except scrap/metal recyclers. It is VERY illegal to install used converters at a licensed state inspection station (most any repair shop).

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Old 05-19-2013, 11:10 AM   #7
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Probably not, but then CA has so many stupid, redicu... sorry, I'm getting off topic.

The easy way around that is to avoid having a shop do it in the first place...

The truth is, it's not difficult to get a good idea of the condition of the cats with a visual check (borescope may be required).

I replaced one of my cats at 50K with a used one that had 65K on it. It's been great and I got the set for $200.

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