2000 Nissan Maxima Catalytic Converter

Tiny
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  • 2000 NISSAN MAXIMA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 84,000 MILES
My Nissan needs a catalytic converter. I was told by a local shop that the code showing up on the computer just means it's not working as efficiently as it's supposed to so it needs to be fixed. Problem is, it comes in 3 parts so I don 't know which one to replace. I don't have a lot of money so I am hoping this is something that can be fixed at home. Is there a way to tell which part needs to be replaced? Or do they all have to be done? Also, do the parts have to be genuine Nissan or can I put another brand of converter on it? The state I live in won't register a vehicle without an inspection so this has to be done so it will pass the emmissions test.
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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 3:22 AM

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Tiny
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I also own a 2000 Nissan Maxima V6 with over 100,000 miles. I just had one of it's catalytic converters replaced back in May. A good mechanic with the proper emissions equipment can tell you which converter needs to be replaced when they run it on the computer. Unfortunately, it's not a repair job that can be done at home and eventually the other converters will have to be replaced as well. It's sort of like a chain reaction with each one. I am about to repalce a second converter on my Nissan. Make sure you find a good mechanic who knows what they're doing. I don't believe the part has to be directly from Nissan. I think my converter was ordered from a manufacturer who made parts for Nissans. It probably saved me money not going directly through Nissan, but overall, the entire job cost me about $900.00.
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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 6:10 PM
Tiny
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I don't drive my car in the winter so it has pretty low mileage, 89k, and since winter is almost here, I have several months to save the $ to do it. I really love this car so it's worth it. I am just trying to find the least expensive way to do it. Your information was very helpful. I was thinking this would probably be the case. Thanks for your input!
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Thursday, October 15th, 2009 AT 3:24 AM

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