2000 Kia Sportage Catalytic converter

Tiny
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  • 2000 KIA SPORTAGE
2000 Kia Sportage 4 cyl 150000 miles

I have had an engine light on for months now, I have taken my car to the mechanic and they told me it was the Cat Con, so I got it replaced, the mechanic then told me that the Kia Sportage had 2 Cat Con and one was $100 and that is the one they replaced but the other one is $500 to replace. I have tried to look on the internet and have found several Cat Con that were much cheaper than what the mechanic suggested. I need to know the difference between the two and what each one is called.
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Friday, April 24th, 2009 AT 3:43 PM

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Tiny
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Your vehicle has a front cat. Converter and a rear cat. Converter. The rear converter is around $700 and the front is around $365. These prices are Kia dealer prices which is what is recommended to use but of course if you go with a different brand then they will cost much less. The rear converter is the one that does most of the emissions work (to put in laymens terms) so therefore it has more internal parts and costs more.

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Friday, April 24th, 2009 AT 4:19 PM
Tiny
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According to my mechanic the rear cat was replaced and the front is attached to the manifold and needs to be replaced, He said "I could only get it from a dealer". Also he mentioned that it was a "california cat" (?), And that it cost more than the rear cat. Does this sound accurate? What do you suggest?
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 6:45 PM
Tiny
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Oh okay. California is the strictest state in the U.S. When it comes to smog testing. Vehicles are made with California smog specifications if they are to be made and sold in Cali. This means your vehicle is a California made vehicle and it requires a different, stronger so to speak, smog system. The cat. Converter is one of the biggest and most expensive parts of the emissions system in a vehicle and that is why it is so expensive to replace them.
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 6:52 PM

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