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Old 04-19-2017   #1
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2004 Civic catalytic converter

Hello,
I recently purchased a 04 Civic Ex with 164,000 miles. I got the CEL the other day, and found out that the catalytic converter has gone bad. My local shop quoted the replacement at $700. That's quite far out of the budget. I thought about straight piping the car, but the converter is part of the exhaust manifold. Anyone have a cheap solution, without much DIY?
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Re: 2004 Civic catalytic converter

pull a young one from a junkyard.
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Re: 2004 Civic catalytic converter

An easy and cheap solution would be to cover the check engine light with a sticker lol...

Depending on where you live, the junkyard wont sell you a used cat. Call muffler shops around and try getting the best price. Or else you can convert to the EX exhaust where the cat is under the car, it is cheaper to replace these converters. Pick your poison
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Hello,
I recently purchased a 04 Civic Ex

but the converter is part of the exhaust manifold.
No, an EX-VTEC has the cat under and behind the engine .

DX/LX (non-VTEC) have the cat integrated in the manifold.


Open your hood to verify this,
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Re: 2004 Civic catalytic converter

Why couldn't OP just get a $100 magnaflow standard cat to weld in?
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Why couldn't OP just get a $100 magnaflow standard cat to weld in?
Does OP have to pass emissions testing? What type of testing will be done?

How long would anyone expect a $100 cat to last?

The cheap cats usually can't keep the computer happy for very long.
Many fail before the warranty period is over, and even if within warranty most people would still have to pay to have it installed each time it needs replaced.


What's the COST of that cheap price?
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Does OP have to pass emissions testing? What type of testing will be done?

How long would anyone expect a $100 cat to last?

The cheap cats usually can't keep the computer happy for very long.
Many fail before the warranty period is over, and even if within warranty most people would still have to pay to have it installed each time it needs replaced.


What's the COST of that cheap price?
I was under the impression the standard magnaflow cats were a higher quality piece that lasted. Can't say for sure though because i've never actually replaced a cat.
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I'm guessing they have a price range for everyone, regardless of actual needs or the parts ability to do the job it was purchased for.

I saw a picture of a 'racing cat' posted in this forum a while back that looked like an empty shell, for about the same price.


You probably aren't going to get a California C.A.R.B. compliant cat for anywhere close to that price.
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I'm guessing they have a price range for everyone, regardless of actual needs or the parts ability to do the job it was purchased for.

I saw a picture of a 'racing cat' posted in this forum a while back that looked like an empty shell, for about the same price.


You probably aren't going to get a California C.A.R.B. compliant cat for anywhere close to that price.
This is true, although magnaflow does sell C.A.R.B. cats as well, for roughly 3-4x the price. Sucks for californians lol
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