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Old 04-01-2009, 10:01 AM
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Exclamation Does anybody know if/how you can properly swap a catalytic converter asap?????

I just bought a 97' E420, (very nice car!) but it needs emissions done.
The check engine light came on a couple days after i bought it.
So, i assumed he had it cleared for the sale (A-HOLE!).
Anyway, i had it taken to a local shop, they said it was one of the catalytic converters that was causing the problem/light.
They said that they couldn't do the repair, but they know who could, and it would be around $1,400 bucks JUST FOR ONE side (either one that was messed up) or just above 3g's for both!
WTH? Are they freakn serious?
Well with that said, i had just searched on-line to see what all that was about, and this is what i came across.
http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q=catalytic+converter+for+a+97%27+Mercedes+E420&sa=N&lnk=next&start=10
Waaaay, cheaper!
So what does that mean for me?
Why are they cheaper?
How do i get this stuff done, with only a couple hundred bucks?

Whoever reads/Replies Thank you so much for Ur time and advice!
Bruce Ferguson

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Old 04-01-2009, 11:14 AM
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Yes the OE parts are expensive, but they last ten years.

The aftermarket catalytic converters are generally OK for a year = product warranty period, on a perfect engine.
That is why they are cheap.






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Don't cats contain a fair bit of platinum? I noticed it was over $1,000 an ounce recently.
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wow, ok so no luck there. Guess that was all hopes and dreams... So, i guess i might as well just start saving up get a Mercedes dealership to do it eh?
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:53 PM
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wow, ok so no luck there. Guess that was all hopes and dreams... So, i guess i might as well just start saving up get a Mercedes dealership to do it eh?
Most auto shops can install them.

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There is a guy on YouTube who claims you can fix it by putting in some kind of solvent you get from Home Depot.

The guy is named Scotty Kilmer. Just do a search.

If the cats are definitely shot, it might be worth a shot.

If you do it, let us know how it goes.

I think he used paint thinner!
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:17 PM
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There is a guy on YouTube who claims you can fix it by putting in some kind of solvent you get from Home Depot.

The guy is named Scotty Kilmer. Just do a search.

If the cats are definitely shot, it might be worth a shot.

If you do it, let us know how it goes.

I think he used paint thinner!
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