I have a 2002 Mazda MPV. It needs a new catalytic converter and the engine light is on although it seems to run fine. Is it worth getting it replaced?

twinswhirlwind
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Asked by twinswhirlwind Jun 10, 2011 at 11:43 PM about the 2002 Mazda MPV LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Emissions test if due on it 8/1/11 so was told we must replace the catalytic converter. Plan to take it on 9 hour trip soon. Risks? Also the back tail light is out. When is it not worth fixing these things and getting a new car? I love the Mazda MPV's. What car is similar to this one? Any Hybrids like this car?

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papa
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just relace the converter.

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twinswhirlwind
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Thanks for your reply! I am interpreting your brevity as indicating, OK lots of details here but you need to do what you need to do and that is to replace the catalytic converter. I am in denial because all I am hearing is CHA CHING $$! I got the quote and estimate on the converter (they did a diagnostic test and even showed me the rusting out parts while it was elevated at the shop) so the problem seems legit. I am one of those people who hates to dish out too much money on getting cars fixed when there might be other options. However, I am guessing that I WILL fail my emissions test in August if I go in there with the engine light on. :) I realize that when the cost of fixing your car is higher than getting a new one, you get a new one. I would not define this as a clunker. Have about 106,270 miles on it. I don't think I am there yet but there is enough wrong with my 2002 MPV Minivan that I can feel the need to break up with it (like a comfortable relationship where you've had a great time but you want to move on.) I love this car and it's hard for me to think about getting a different one. I am fine with getting a used vehicle. Does anyone know of any equivalent cars at a reasonable cost? Is it true that they don't make this model anymore? I need a third row seat and I really like the features and feel of the MPV. Except for the name "MPV" which took me three years to finally get right saying, "MPV" instead of "MVP."

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papa
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why buy new you can get a good one at a salvage yard,after market converter,dealer and mufler shopes try to get deep into your pocket.their are other options out their.sounds like you like this vehicle.look into the cheaper way. we have a tire shop that also does auto work,they installed a after market cat on my blazer total cost was 75 bucks. your milage is kind of low for a 02.stay away from whome you are dealing with.ever heard the saying,they seen you comeing.

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