99 E320" Cat Replacement - Mercedes-Benz Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 01:53 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Jan 2009
Vehicle: 1999 E320 w/118K
Location: Merida, Mexico
Posts: 264
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
99 E320" Cat Replacement

I have to consider replacing the driver's side cats in the near future and the easiest, though not cheapest, would be to get a "plug n play" unit.

Race Pages - Catalytic Converter

The two units listed are Eastern Cat and Catco. Would anyone have an opinion about the compatibility of either of these with the W210? I don't want to spend a lot of money only to have to deal with recurring CEL lights because the cats are incorrect for the car.

Thanks
kwhombre is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 02:32 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
nsupra's Avatar
 
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: W210 E430
Location: CT
Posts: 267
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hello there i just recently installed the Benchmark cat's. I ordered from the same website. So far i have 1000 miles since installed and i am happy, easy installation and no problems. I think you are paying for the extra warranty on the other cat's. I don't believe its extra quality.
From what i was told Benchmark is good company, and they are formerly known as DEC before they changed there name.
The ones i have:
http://www.racepages.com/products/?N...294967255+2268

They only offer those for the 430 for some reason. I know you have the 320.

Last edited by nsupra; 07-23-2009 at 02:35 PM.
nsupra is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 02:50 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
ohlord's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2007
Vehicle: 1994 E320 Wagon,1999 E320 Wagon,2000 E 320 Wagon, MGB Track/Rally, ,1988 300E ,more....
Location: North of Raymond
Posts: 6,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Eastern or

magnaflow or the other brand will all work fine.Just get them andthen find a shop to chop them in.Some shops carry universals from eastern but you will pay their markup.Bypass that and get them yourself.


00-02 drivers side self dimming heated mirror
17mm special spark boot tool
O2 plug and play sensors
16mm spring loaded swivel spark socket
trans dipstick and magnet


Mercedes Benz Lyrics
Artist(Band):Janis Joplin
"Oh Lord, won't you buy me
a Mercedes Benz"
ohlord
"Follow Peace,center Life"
ohlord is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 08-25-2009, 12:04 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Jun 2008
Vehicle: 2002 E320 4Matic
Location: PA
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ohlord View Post
magnaflow or the other brand will all work fine.Just get them andthen find a shop to chop them in.Some shops carry universals from eastern but you will pay their markup.Bypass that and get them yourself.
ohlord (or anyone here) do you know of anyway of replacing the front Cats without buying the full direct fit assembly itself? To me it seems strange that a company that sells the full direct fit assembly and universals for the rear cats would refuse to sell ones for the front cats! All I need is either a universal or a comparable oem for the front... don't want to pay $$$$ for just pipes and cans! :

Prince
2002 E320 4Matic
Princewale is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 08-25-2009, 01:40 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
Check Codes's Avatar
 
Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
Posts: 29,132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Have a look at these two for the front cat; the Eastern Cat one I think is the one someone else used, but I don't have time to search the threads for it. The Pacesetter is quite close to the original design and the larger tube (2.5" inlet) should allow the shop to maneuver it as necessary to weld it in.

Eastern Universal Product, High Flow Standard Catalytic Converter - Eastern EAST70362

Pacesetter Universal Product Catalytic Converter - Pacesetter P40800066

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill)
Check Codes is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2009, 09:22 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
ron m.'s Avatar
 
Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 1999 E320 Wagon (265,000 + miles)
Location: Alameda CA
Posts: 124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Before you order from Race Pages, look here:

Mercedes Catalytic Converter Left NOTE: 50-state legal; C.A.R.B. approved. 2104909347 - RM European Auto Parts

I ordered one two weeks ago and it came in the day after I ordered (free shipping). The unit was the exact same one as the unit I replaced (not an aftermarket replica, it was an OEM unit... stamped with the part number and everything!). Installation was easy (read one of the sticky's to get some idea on how to prepare, but it is a piece of cake).

You can go Ohlord's route... it is the cheaper alternative as long as you find a muffler shop that would do it for cheap. Otherwise, for $331, you can DYI in two hours (two cats instead of one!).

RM European ROCKS! I love Autohauz but RM is underpricing them right now.
ron m. is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 08-26-2009, 03:51 AM
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Jan 2009
Vehicle: 1999 E320 w/118K
Location: Merida, Mexico
Posts: 264
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Cats

Quote:
Originally Posted by ron m. View Post
Before you order from Race Pages, look here:

Mercedes Catalytic Converter Left NOTE: 50-state legal; C.A.R.B. approved. 2104909347 - RM European Auto Parts

I ordered one two weeks ago and it came in the day after I ordered (free shipping). The unit was the exact same one as the unit I replaced (not an aftermarket replica, it was an OEM unit... stamped with the part number and everything!). Installation was easy (read one of the sticky's to get some idea on how to prepare, but it is a piece of cake).

You can go Ohlord's route... it is the cheaper alternative as long as you find a muffler shop that would do it for cheap. Otherwise, for $331, you can DYI in two hours (two cats instead of one!).

RM European ROCKS! I love Autohauz but RM is underpricing them right now.
After much searching, I have decided to go the same route. I found the same item, OEM Mercedes, complete assembly at RM and at Bimmer Specialist for the same price: $331. OEM so no worry about compatibility or fit. I also don't have to worry with finding someone reliable whom I can trust to weld in the universals.
kwhombre is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 08-26-2009, 09:10 AM
BenzWorld Member
 
ron m.'s Avatar
 
Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 1999 E320 Wagon (265,000 + miles)
Location: Alameda CA
Posts: 124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh, don't forget to buy the exhaust seal.
ron m. is offline  
#9 (permalink) Old 08-26-2009, 11:07 AM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Jun 2008
Vehicle: 2002 E320 4Matic
Location: PA
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ron m. View Post
Before you order from Race Pages, look here:

Mercedes Catalytic Converter Left NOTE: 50-state legal; C.A.R.B. approved. 2104909347 - RM European Auto Parts

I ordered one two weeks ago and it came in the day after I ordered (free shipping). The unit was the exact same one as the unit I replaced (not an aftermarket replica, it was an OEM unit... stamped with the part number and everything!). Installation was easy (read one of the sticky's to get some idea on how to prepare, but it is a piece of cake).

You can go Ohlord's route... it is the cheaper alternative as long as you find a muffler shop that would do it for cheap. Otherwise, for $331, you can DYI in two hours (two cats instead of one!).

RM European ROCKS! I love Autohauz but RM is underpricing them right now.
Thanks ron... but first I'll try to see if I can save some $$$ ... I think I only need the rear ones but if it turns out that I need both front and back then I guess about $800 for both is my garnishment
Princewale is offline  
#10 (permalink) Old 08-26-2009, 02:11 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
ron m.'s Avatar
 
Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 1999 E320 Wagon (265,000 + miles)
Location: Alameda CA
Posts: 124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Princewale View Post
Thanks ron... but first I'll try to see if I can save some $$$ ... I think I only need the rear ones but if it turns out that I need both front and back then I guess about $800 for both is my garnishment
???

One OEM replacement unit replaces one side of your exhaust system, which includes front and rear catalytic converters (since we have two sides, that's 4 total cats). Typically, only one side goes bad.

Even if you replace both sides, the total is still $668 ($332 for one side + $2 exhaust seal times two). Not a bad number.

Lastly, you can sell your defective cat to a recycler. I've read someone got $75 to recycle one cat (doubt it). Here's an example of one:

Miller Catalyzer Corp. | Home
ron m. is offline  
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Sedan Forums > W210 E-Class


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
"Quality Neck Support" Is your cat here? Jayhawk Off-Topic 0 03-25-2008 01:41 PM
The "E300 cat removal" debate thread! gt4rcdude Off-Topic 20 12-07-2007 03:16 PM
"quality" low cost hi-flow cat?? mgill85258 W202 C-Class 3 09-11-2007 01:58 PM
Cat converter replacement zam2000 W210 E-Class 4 03-26-2007 10:11 AM
Cat replacement. Possible??? ksp W163 M-Class 6 08-17-2005 01:33 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome