First post by a newbie, hope I do this right
I bought a used 2002 Subaru Outback in Texas 5 years ago from a used auto sales...no warranty. Within a month the check engine light came on. I had the catalytic converter replaced, also had the timing belt replaced. The shop had to replace "the front 'y' pipe" where it had been welded at the flange and the converter would not come apart. Cost of parts and labor came to a whopping $2825.
Withing a year the check engine light was back on!
I was in the process of moving to Portland, Oregon so waited on repairs.
Made the trip from Tx to Or like a dream, no problems.
Then I had the oxygen sensor replaced and the car once again passed inspection.
Well 2 years down the road and the check engine light is on and inspection is due. The car is sitting at the shop now. They said cat converter again. This time the quote of the repair is only $650.
My question is should this be a constant issue with the vehicle? Or am I being held captive by a lemon car that I have grown to love?
The car is perfect for what we do, beach to the mountains with 4 people and 3 Huskies and all our gear. Other than some oil leaks this seems to be the only problem with this car. I have now spent as much on repairs as I spent on the cost of the car at purchase. Any advice is appreciated