Are O2 sensors made of gold?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Joe, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    We have an '01 wagon 300 series, and we were just charged about $170. to
    replace the oxygen sensor. I had another car a few years ago that needed
    one, and I recall it was well under $50. Is $170 the going rate now?
    Thanks,
    Joe
    PS Car runs great after 70,000 miles.
     
    Joe, Feb 11, 2004
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  2. Price usually scales with the type of sensor - older ones were just the
    sensor (so you had one or two wires going to them) and were typically pretty
    cheap - I think the Bosch sensors could be had for $30-40 or so - the newer
    ones generally have a heater (so they have three wires) which helps the
    oxygen sensor get to operating temperature more quickly, and enables the car
    to run more cleanly at startup - they are more expensive.
     
    David & Caroline, Feb 12, 2004
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  3. If it's the UEGO type, yes. IIRC, theres only *one* company that makes
    them.
     
    Philip Nasadowski, Feb 13, 2004
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  4. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Thanks folks. I'm going to go into the O2 business!
    Joe
     
    Joe, Feb 13, 2004
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  5. Joe

    MR Guest

    Sometimes you can give them a good cleaning and they work fine.
    MR
     
    MR, Feb 13, 2004
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