So, my Catalytic Converters on my e430 seems to have just went out at 79,800 miles. Well, that would be fine if it was February 2006, but unfortunately it's now not covered by warranty.
I went into my local repair shop and they offered to repair / replace them for $3200!!!
That is completely ridiculous, considering the cars are only worth, in MINT condition around $10,000-$15,000, at this point.
I might as well just sell it to a junkyard.
So, i've got a few questions related to that:
1. They said that I need to "automatically" replace the oxygen sensors with it. Is that for real or are they trying to rip me off by replacing something completely unnecessary? I'm feeling they're trying to rip me off.
2. Can an Eastern Catalytic Converter:
eBay Motors: Eastern Catalytic Converter Mercedes E320 02 01 00 99 (item 110169192288 end time Sep-18-07 11:27:10 PDT)
be adequate as a replacement? I mean, the main difference between my e430 and an e320 is the engine, so I don't see why an e320 Catalytic Converter can't work on an e430, but maybe you guys are better experts at this. $100 worth of parts versus $3000 would be like a miracle to me.
3. If not, can a DEC Catalytic Converter do the job?
Auto Parts and Accessories Catalog - 1998 Mercedes Benz E430 Catalytic Converter
Even that, at $800 worth of parts instead of $3000 would be phenomenal.
Mind you, I have to replace both of them, since they're both rattling like hell.