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Old 11 Oct 2008, 03:06 am
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Default catalytic converter california 2002 civic si 5 speed manual

i have some questions, ok so my check engine light came on the other day on my 2002 CIVIC SI 2.0 VTEC 5 speed manual, it just has about 98000 miles on it, so i took it in an my mechanic says that it says has a code for a catalytic converter and an idle controler, I live in california so I have been reading up and find that it has to pretty much be a honda OEM converter, I bought the car from someone not from a dealership but I hear if i take in into a dealership that honda will cover half the cost is that just a story or is there any truth to it, also i am planning on moving to texas quite soon, will an aftermarket converter be alright if i don't need to get it smogged in cali?
anyone know where i can get the cheapest OEM converter?
thanks in advance
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Old 11 Oct 2008, 04:38 pm
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If the converter in your car is a genuine honda part your honda dealership might actually replace the part free of charge (just pay labor). You say that Honda will go half on it with you, so that sounds about right. It's been less than 8 years and less than 80k miles its covered under warranty, your quite over nearing 100k.

If you are moving to Texas and registering your car there, than I would just wait it out and get a cat that works in every other state i.e. Product Search Results - MagnaFlow Catalytic Converters by Car Sound. Maybe you can find it on ebay for $100. The Check engine light might go away or might not. It will go away for sure with genuine honda.

If going half w/ honda is less then buying an aftermarket w/ installation or comparable, go that route. I doubt it'll be less because that part runs $500-800.

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Old 11 Oct 2008, 05:08 pm
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thanks for the quick response, and the great advice I am going to call up the local dealerships and see what they say and i think i am just going to get one of the after market ones that are legal in other states and just have that installed as i will be moving before my next smog check but in the meantime i do not want to be polluting. Thanks once again for your advice.
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