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> > I own a 2002 Ford Taurus with 175,000 miles. ?It recently stopped
> > running with very odd symptoms.
> > My local non-dealer Ford specialist diagnosed the problem as collapsed
> > innards in the Catalytic Converters ($3400). ?This is much more than
> > the car is worth given its overall condition.
> > Why so high? ?Because CA uses a different catalytic converter than the
> > rest of the country (I could buy the 49-state version for $250 on
> > eBay), and because CA smog rules prohibit the installation of anything
> > other than a brand new product, purchased from the manufacturer. ?3rd
> > party products are not permitted. ?A nearly new one from a crashed/
> > junked car of the same vintage is not permitted either.
> > So, I seem to be SOL. ?Any suggestions?
A long shot, but try the Ford dealer. They sometimes do extremely
strange things when it comes to CA smog. I haven't heard of them
doing it with more than 150,000 miles on a car, but the prospect of
maybe getting you to do the other things to keep a cat from melting
where they can get the $$, and get the $3K from warranty rebates...
doesn't cost anything to find out the options.
Depends. Never had to open up the engine in 205K miles on my '86 LSC,
just scheduled maintenance and they gave me a free cat at some point
(though I think it was less than 100K miles, I don't have the records
Don't know all the rules for when they start junking gas guzzler/smog
monsters, but there may be value there.
Well, TT for you! :-)
Ohmigawd, can't miss the train!