Hello everyone, here's the history of the current problem. Bought a used 2003 Subaru Legacy with 190K miles. after 1 month P0420 cat efficiency code tripped the engine light. The light seems to come and go with no repair work done. 2 months later the car hesitates severely upon acceleration but does finally get going. I am not limited to any certain speed on the highway yet. Exhaust shop said cats were fine after they cut a hole and actually visualized the inside of the cat. Then I took it to firestone who said it WAS the CC. There was no diagnostic work done as admitted by firestone once they say that the P0420 code had been stored in the "computer". Was quoted 1200 to replace CC and 1100 to replace the O2 sensors. Should I believe the exhaust shop or Firestone? Can I replace the CC myself?
Paid 2300.00 for the car for my 16y.o. daughter. Only seems to have severe
problems once engine gets warm.
$1100 to replace O2 sensors? No way. Doing exhaust work requires a torch and some welding, because the old stuff will be rusty. O2's should be $50 a piece and labor to install. You have a couple. Find an independent shop that can properly diagnose your problem, and have the repair completed for much less than the Firestone quotes.......https://www.obd-codes.com/p0420
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