2001 Toyota Rav4



January, 16, 2007 AT 12:12 PM

I have a 2001 Toyota Rav4, 2WD/front wheel drive, manual with 100,000 miles.
My check engine light came on, and I was told that I need to replace my catalytic converter and it would cost $1700. Is this true? Will it really cost that much? I’m a girl in my twenties and am clueless.

Can I run on a bad catalytic converter and not hurt anything (besides the environment)? Or is this something I can run on for two months and save up the money for the repair? As it stands my clutch is slipping so I’m having that replaced for $750, so I’m hoping I can hold off on the other repair, or that maybe the quick lube place was trying to rip me off….

I had them do an emissions flush, and my O2 sensors were replaced…
Thanks for the help!

2 Answers



January, 17, 2007 AT 6:19 AM

Hey melanie,
Though I can't " officially" condone putting off the emissions repairs, I can say, Save Your Pennies! : D


p.S. I would also recommend a second opinion on the cause diagnosis. Considering the price of the repairs estimated, the money you spend on a second opinion may save you a ton in the long run!



January, 18, 2007 AT 11:20 AM

Hi melanie, I do believe that u should change your catalitic converters on your vehicle, now about the cost that sounds about right, the problem is that the Rav4 have a problem with the Catalitic Converters collapsing by themselfs, I know this because I use to work at a Toyota Dealership, Also I beleive there was a recall on reprograming the Computer for that kind of codes as a matter in fact there is a Bulletin concerning the traouble codes for your check engine light. The problem is that your over the extended warranty and thats why there charging you. Hope this helps

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