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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Catalytic converter in 2002 Outback Legacy

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I bought a used 2002 Subaru Outback in Texas 5 years ago from a used auto 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

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I guess this is a 2.5 engine. 4 people and 3 huskies, sounds like a job for a big old suburban. (glad all the doggies get along).

Did they ever diagnosis what was wrong with the car in the first place to make the cat go bad? (cats should not go bad in the first place, if one goes bad and the original reason is not addressed a 2nd one will fail in time).

How many miles on the car? What is the biggest city in texas you are near?
(mod cardoc here is in Austin, ... and may know someone,...along with a few other Texas members that can do better by you before you leave.)

What brand cat did they put on? Did they replace any of the O2 sensors at the time.

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