Do I need to replace my catalytic converter??

10

Asked by Jul 14, 2015 at 04:08 AM about the 2001 Subaru Legacy GT Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2001 Subaru Legacy GT Limited with 160,000 miles on it.  Recently, my check
engine light came on so I took it to the shop.  The mechanic said my catalytic converter
need to be replaced, which would cost me $1000.  Is it worth replacing on this old of a
car?  I bought the car for $2300 so it seems like a pretty big investment, relatively
speaking.  If I can get 20,000 more miles out of it without replacing it, then it would seem
pointless to do so.  I just don't know how vital this repair is.  I'd appreciate any feedback.

6 Answers

19,500

Lets just say if converter gets partially clogged the first thing you will notice is loss of power vehicle not going over a certain speed and if it gets totally clogged vehicle will not start. Now as far as how long you have before you actually need a new one that I can not tell you.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
250,685

The check engine light can mean many things, do you know the code? I'd get a second opinion before you replace the cat. Like Firebird said, we have to take the word of the mechanic without the code or looking at the vehicle.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
6,675

^^^ What they said!!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

Thanks guys! If I find time to get a second opinion, I'll be sure to ask him what the check engine light code is and I'll start a new thread with all the new info.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
6,675

nah, just bring it back here.. No need for a new thread. That way Tom and firebird get notified (pending their settings) that you replied with more info. Just my 2c. Kind regards,

74,105

If the cat is bad you will lose power, the engine may run hotter and you also may lose gas mileage. Once the converter starts going bad it will get worse to the point where the car won't drive. You can get a second opinion but if it is bad do go ahead and replace it. Your car will pass the next smog check with flying colors!

Your Answer

Legacy

Looking for a Used Legacy in your area?

CarGurus has 13,207 nationwide Legacy listings starting at $1,399.

ZIP:

Subaru Legacy Experts

  • #1
    Anthony_60
    Reputation
    1,270
  • #2
    Nick Eidemiller
    Reputation
    720
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Impreza
202 Great Deals out of 18,295 listings starting at $1,500
Used Subaru Outback
384 Great Deals out of 36,766 listings starting at $1,395
Used Subaru Forester
377 Great Deals out of 33,405 listings starting at $995
Used Honda Accord
997 Great Deals out of 62,552 listings starting at $999
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
61 Great Deals out of 1,293 listings starting at $3,365
Used Toyota Camry
1,073 Great Deals out of 72,796 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic
831 Great Deals out of 78,168 listings starting at $900
Used Audi A4
306 Great Deals out of 10,684 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Altima
1,126 Great Deals out of 74,485 listings starting at $999
Used BMW 3 Series
1,043 Great Deals out of 31,469 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Legacy For Sale
3,413 listings starting at $20,405
2017 Subaru Legacy For Sale
27 Great Deals out of 4,310 listings starting at $14,478
2016 Subaru Legacy For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 682 listings starting at $12,888
2015 Subaru Legacy For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 1,236 listings starting at $9,990
2014 Subaru Legacy For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 887 listings starting at $9,290

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.