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Old 05-12-2019, 08:35 AM
 
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I am hoping to get some recommendations for a good local mechanic.

My niece attends FSU and she is driving a 2002 Mazda Tribute (same as Ford Escape) which has a blocked catalytic converter. We were quoted $2000 for the job but that seems quite high considering the videos that I have seen on the same make/model.

Anyone know someone who can give us a hand? I would appreciate finding someone who is not going to kill us on the labor, a new OEM-style cat for this car is only about $80 on Amazon. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:11 AM
 
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That is about average cost. Check that against what a car dealer would charge.

Also, book value on a car that old is low.


May be time to get a replacement car not as old

Good luck
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:19 AM
 
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I am hoping to get some recommendations for a good local mechanic.

My niece attends FSU and she is driving a 2002 Mazda Tribute (same as Ford Escape) which has a blocked catalytic converter. We were quoted $2000 for the job but that seems quite high considering the videos that I have seen on the same make/model.

Anyone know someone who can give us a hand? I would appreciate finding someone who is not going to kill us on the labor, a new OEM-style cat for this car is only about $80 on Amazon. Thanks in advance.
Try Professional Automotive Center in Tallahassee. Good reviews on Yelp
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:49 AM
 
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P.S.

You can also see if buying a replacement or selling it is worth it vs. repair

https://www.edmunds.com/inventory/sr...te&radius=6000
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:20 PM
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Kades Auto Repair on North Monroe
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:22 PM
 
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Chances are you need more than one cat (There should be 3 or 4) or you'll be going back in very soon. Whatever caused the problem, ie: misfire would have affected them all equally. The labor will be quite high as the two closest to the exhaust manifolds cannot even be seen or touched without pulling the engine halfway out. Everything is packed in there and VERY hard to get too. Just google "Ford escape alternator replacement". It's all about the labor on those things.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:44 PM
 
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Chances are you need more than one cat (There should be 3 or 4) or you'll be going back in very soon. Whatever caused the problem, ie: misfire would have affected them all equally. The labor will be quite high as the two closest to the exhaust manifolds cannot even be seen or touched without pulling the engine halfway out. Everything is packed in there and VERY hard to get too. Just google "Ford escape alternator replacement". It's all about the labor on those things.

And car mfgs.make vehicles so complex the shade tree mechanic is vanishing and the dealerships love what they charge for repairs.

Heck, car dealers make a mint on servicing a vehicle for a recall because they get reimbursed by the mfg.

Back in the day, I could keep my Plymouth Duster with a slant six going without any dealer or repair shop intervention.

I miss that car!

If I hit the lottery I will go to one of those car show/auctions in Vegas you can see on TV from time to time and buy the best ‘72 Duster they have
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Old 07-05-2019, 03:11 PM
 
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A 2002 Tribute/Escape is not cutting edge technology, it's 17 years old and most of it came from the Ford Escort with electronic updates and some Taurus parts, such as the notoriously weak transmissions. Ghastly fuel economy. They can be worked on, but they are labor intensive because styling engineers insisted on an extremely low and short front end while offering the big 3.0 V6. That didn't fit in there well. Engineers had to do stupid things to keep a short sloping front end. Everything is jammed in and poorly fitting, heat can't escape either. The alternator TOUCHES the exhaust, I could go on and on. It's still easier to work on and more durable than the newer stuff, but when something major breaks, get out the wallet or hope you can do it yourself. The newer ones are just wireless networks on wheels, and to work on them you need very expensive software subscriptions and hopefully factory support (VW does not support even their dealerships). They are throw aways now. In 2040, how many 2019 cars do you think you will see?
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