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'03 OUtback w/ Bad Catalytic Converter


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#1 sp3arman

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:13 AM

I have an '03 Outback that needs a new caty and O2 sensors. I have had a detailed diagnostic run by two different places and this is the consensus. I'm being told both by Subaru and by my independent mechanic that I have to buy the new caty from Subaru because the computer in my car won't read a caty not made by Subaru. This sounds insane to me and I'm trying to figure out how NOT to spend $1500 to replace all this. Does anyone know of a less expensive caty and/or sensors that would work? And, am I right to think that parts not made by Subaru will work just fine?
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#2 valvestem

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:38 AM

Federal Emmision Component warrantee says cats etc., are covered for 8 years, 80,000 miles, you beyond that?

Link:

http://www.epa.gov/o...arranties.htm#b

read through and look for specified major components.

Also read down on repairs made outside of a Subaru facility.

Hope this helps.

#3 Rooster2

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 10:53 AM

Warranty replacement is the way to go, if your car still qualifies on millage.

If not, at www.Autohausaz.com, they are selling a Bosal cat, part number WO133-1842851 on sale for $366.44, that fits your 03. Their ad says that the Bosal unit replaces both the front and rear cats. Bosal is a good name in exhaust products, so I would trust their product. I am confident that it would perform well on your car.

I am with you, it is insanity to spend $1,500 on a dealer cat. Lots of profit in that high figure.

#4 nickb21

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 12:19 PM

subarupartsforyou.com lists the OE cat at $800 (discounted), and an un-named aftermarket for $500.

I'm in a similar boat. I'm considering getting a used cat with less than 80k, maybe I'll get lucky. I'm not 100% sure, but any 00-04 2.5L (4cyl, non-turbo) cat should fit, including legacy, outback, and impreza...

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 12:55 PM

Link for cats:

http://www.car-stuff.com/store/?N=9190&Nr=OR(AND(make:Subaru,model:Outback,year:2003),AND(universal:1))&Vi=11745+4294962660+1719&y=2003&mk=Subaru&md=Outback

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 02:26 PM

[...] If not, at www.Autohausaz.com, they are selling a Bosal cat, part number WO133-1842851 on sale for $366.44, that fits your 03. Their ad says that the Bosal unit replaces both the front and rear cats. Bosal is a good name in exhaust products, so I would trust their product. I am confident that it would perform well on your car.[...]


Back in 2003, Subaru was saying Bosal = OEM. See bottom of page 19 (not marked in PDF, but between 18 and 20 :) ) of http://www.endwrench...ngineRepair.pdf .




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