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Old 08-21-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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Default What's the average cost to replace a Catalytic Converter?

A mechanic is quoting $2200 to replace a converter on a 2006 VW Jetta with 2.5l engine (gas not diesel). Does that sound right to you?
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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First, where are you located?

If you're in California and you're under 80k miles/8 years your cat will be covered under warranty.

If not, a non-California cat costs about $200-$400 and should only take 1-2 hours to replace.

I think when my Civic one went out "under warranty" the invoice said $800 total.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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A mechanic is quoting $2200 to replace a converter on a 2006 VW Jetta with 2.5l engine (gas not diesel). Does that sound right to you?
$2,200? Seriously?

Go elsewhere and, at the very least, get a second quote. CCs are expensive for that car, but nowhere near that expensive.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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$2,200? Seriously? Go elsewhere and, at the very least, get a second quote. CCs are expensive for that car, but nowhere near that expensive.
What he said. $2,200??? What kind of boat did/is he buying? All kidding aside, that's an insane figure. Up & downstream cats complete run ~ $650/$700 total which can go up depending on the condition of the rest of the exhaust, but not an additional fifteenfriknhundred dollars.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: San Bruno, CA
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I can buy an hfc for $150. OEM replacement is maybe $500-$650.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:28 PM
 
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It's Maryland, and I am not physically able to do the job myself. I've got to pay someone. That price is shocking! I'm going to take it somewhere else, but just want an estimate of cost to replace, including labor.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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Estimates will vary, but I'm wondering if the 1st est. was to replace the entire exhaust/O2 sensors/wiring/mounts? How do you know the cat needs replacing, BTW? (just asking)
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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I know a few European Cars with very high costs... didn't realize VW was one.

Just paid $250 for a new CAT for my 1985 V8 Chevrolet... parts and labor.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Don't have a Jetta manual in front of me, but from fading memory I think the oe warranty is 8yrs/80,000 miles outside of Cali, not in Cali. I think CA maybe 150,000 miles and a different model/level of cat.

Agree with all above: good quality/near oe quality are 400-700 bucks plus install. That quote is a rip...hit the net, find Jetta/VW Independent shops in your MD area, get on the phone and call some. Not a hard find, imo.

I would read your manual, then call your local idiot Jette dlr to see about that 80k/8 yr clause...and, how do you/'your mechanic' know you need a new cat? Code(s), exhaust gas sensor reading?? etc?
GL, mD
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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Estimates will vary, but I'm wondering if the 1st est. was to replace the entire exhaust/O2 sensors/wiring/mounts? How do you know the cat needs replacing, BTW? (just asking)
Nothing wrong with asking. We had a check engine light come on the other day. We took it in to the dealer we got it from because they will read the codes for free. (see my other thread about where to get it read for free, if interested). They just told my wife, not me, that it needs a new catalytic converter.
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