2003 Toyota Corolla Check engine light/catalytic converter

Tiny
WINSLOW44
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  • 2003 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 75,000 MILES
My daughter had the check engine light diagnostic test at her mechanic. They say she needs a new catalytic converter. They say a genuine toyota part is best and the whole thing will cost her $1500 ot the door. This seems somewhat expensive. I have paid about half for other car makes. What do you think? What is a reasonable price to pay for an installation of a catalytic converter?
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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 AT 10:13 AM

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Tiny
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There are many aftermarket manufacturers of convertors. Check local autoparts stores.

I would also get a second opinion, convertors go out because of incorrect air/fuel ratio or an impact with an object. So ask Toyota why the convertor is bad.

Convertors are warranted by federal law, so you may get it under the federal warranty.
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Friday, March 19th, 2010 AT 7:06 AM
Tiny
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Hello!

My 2003 Corolla has approx. 153K miles and its catalytic converter is gone bad as I am seeing a check engine light and it was checked by mechanic to be the case.

Is my converter covered under warranty?
My car is due for smog check. Do I have to pay for the whole repair for this to pass the smog check.
I am in California.

Thanks
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Thursday, May 13th, 2010 AT 1:10 PM
Tiny
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I believe the Federal warranty is 5/80, but check owners manual for info.
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Friday, May 14th, 2010 AT 7:49 AM

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