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Old 05-08-2007, 03:12 PM   #21
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Ok California guys...I need your help here!! I am being told that the catalytic converter, in California, is approx $280 just for the part?? It will only cost me $45 bucks to get the damn thing put in so if I can find it cheaper out there in the internet world I sure would appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

Does the Universal Fit work in Ca on our cars?

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Do we not have anybody from California on here?? I need some good news here guys so let me know what you know about wonderful state and their rediculous environmental regs!!

I know Sacramento is represented in this club so if you know anything more than what has been discovered. Anywhere else in America the cost for the Cat would be approx $105 to $125 installed - out the door! Here in beautiful sunny California the lowest cost I have found is $325 installed - out the door! What a bargain!

Come on California...belly up to the bar!!

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Have you tried your local Midas? I don't normally frequent there, but at the recommendation of the owner where I buy my used cars (and send friends there) that'* where I went. They had a good crew of "car people" so, that helped. They're a lot like the instant oil change places. Some great ones...some terrible ones.
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Achon...yeah I tried them all and they are all running between $325 and $450 so I am thinking about a different direction!

Can you or anybody else tell me if the CAT needs to be wleded on or can it be clamped and still perform as good? I can get a CAT that is not specific for the 2000 Bonne but the shops cannot install it so I am thinking that I can have someone cut the old one off and just clamp the new one on instead of taking it into a shop to have it welded on? This part is a little over $200 so it will definetly save me some dough! Any advice would be appreciated!!

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It would be better to have it welded, but there really is no reason that you can't clamp it on. You may want to add a bit of muffler seal to be sure that it seals properly.
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Archon, I had thought these catalytics were bolted to the exhaust flanges from the factory and not welded in. That would make for a quick do-it-yourself fix if that were true. I wonder if AllData says anything about that.

Anyway, a good muffler shop is Brownie'* over on Ventura street. Another good one is Gary'* over on Blackstone Ave.
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The standard direct replament does have a flange where it meets the rest of the exhaust system, but it doesn't sound as if that is what he is looking at.
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Thanks Archon, that'* what I thought but wasn't sure.

I'm thinking a direct replacement will cost more, but a person can just bolt it on; that'* what I would do anyway. Plus, you don't have to have it welded on every time like you would with the universal unit.
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Guys -

You all DO know that cat converters are covered under a special waranty. right? First off...what year is this car? If it is the '05 that is in your siggy, you are covered. If the car is less than 7 years old and you have less than I think it is 100,000 miles, you are covered. Don't go buyin' anything new if you don't have to buy.
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^ ^ ^
Yeah I see he'* got an '05 AND an '00. . . I don't know which one he'* referring to though.
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