Cat converter for L300 2001

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by maremski, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. maremski

    maremski Guest

    My 2001 Saturn L300 is having a serious power loss. The dealer says
    its a clogged cat and will cost about $1500 in parts alone. Cats on
    line are around a hundred bucks, but are not approved for CA. At this
    point I dont even care about passing smog, I just want to squeeze
    another year out of this car. Any ideas or cheaper options
    available? Thanks....
    maremski, Jun 27, 2008
  2. maremski

    Oppie Guest

    Have you checked with an independent muffler shop? I'm not talking about
    Midas or any of the big chains necessarily. There are some complex parts in
    the exhaust system and sometimes a small shop with a custom tube bender can
    be very cost effective.
    Oppie, Jun 27, 2008
  3. maremski

    SMS Guest

    If you don't get a California OBD-II converter it will trigger your
    Check Engine light which is an automatic failure for smog checks, but
    the 49 state model will fit okay if you really only want to keep it
    going for a year. You can't sell it without passing smog.

    The problem you have is that the L series sold in such small numbers in
    California that no one has made an approved after-market OBD-II
    converter for California.

    Find an exhaust shop that will install a universal after-market OBD-II
    converter, and that will guarantee their work.

    One thing I learned as a California resident was to always buy vehicles
    with 50 state emission systems.
    SMS, Jun 29, 2008
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