Clogged catalytic converter?
Fix clean or gut?
If you don't have inspection in your state, it would probably be cheaper and easier to just get rid of it and get an O2 sensor spacer as a CEL boss. Otherwise, just go to an exhaust shop and have them change it, because I'm pretty sure it's welded in place in the E46.
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