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$1400 to replace Catalytic Converter. Sound Right?

So my wife was driving the 2006 Commander and it just turned off on her. Engine light turned on also. took it in yesterday and they said the cat. needs to be replaced at $1400. Does that sound about right $$$-wise?

They said it would have been under warranty but it has a hole in it, so no go.

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You have two of them and they are $600 a piece averag. So $1400 for one then no it don't sound right for two yes sounds good. FYI $170 belly guard from 4xGuard would of kept you from getting a hole in it. Something to consider even if you don't off road those bad boys are pricey and to protect them for $170 seems worth it to me.


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Look up how much a CAT costs, divide the rest by 4 (a guess on the labor hours to change it) and that would be the labor rate they are charging you.

Or ask a local independent shop how much they would charge.

The latest vehicles, often have heated CATs and they can be expensive.

If its a pin-hole, have you asked a local exhuast shop if they can weld it up?

You can check the fault codes youself with the key dance, and check the CAT's yourself for the hole they told you. Its NOT past Dealers and Independent Shops to try to charge you for replacing a perfectly good part.

I had a muffler shop tell me I needed a new CAT on a vehicle, I told them to take the vehicle off the lift, I'm leaving. That CAT was still good a Decade later as that 240k Mi car passed emissions sniff test inspections with flying colors.


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Found some universal ones for like $200-300 I would go that route and exhaust shop should be able to weld those in. If your at the dealer run run run


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I agree with the exhaust shop idea. I have used meineke twice. Once I bought a muffler from them and installed it myself. The second time, I needed a custom tailpipe .... it took the guy 3 tries to get the tailpipe shaped the way I wanted. In the end I think they charged about $80. That for a 6 foot x 3 inch custom pipe that they installed and had to throw away the first two.

Exhaust is not the type of work that needs to be done by the dealer.

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You have two of them and they are $600 a piece averag. So $1400 for one then no it don't sound right for two yes sounds good..
Well, the dealer didnt say one or two cats. He just said THE cat. needed to be replaced. $1683 including labor. The service mgr. actually said to take it to a muffler shop and it would be a lot cheaper. I called Meineke, CarX & Midas.

CarX & Midas said there was no Aftermarket Cat. available and that they would have to order it from the dealer, charge me the same for it and pay a bit less for their labor.

Meineke said he could get a "refurbished" one with a 2yr/24k mileage warranty for $764.

All of them said that if the Cat. had a hole in it - then I would hear it. But I don't. The car sounds as good as new. Several suggested getting a second opinion. Meineke offered to look at it for free to determine if it is "damaged" as the dealer says it is.

From the dealer saying they've been screwed before with having to eat warranty service, it makes me wonder if they are being overly cautious with me and don't want to take a chance with this? I'm wondering if I take it to another dealer would they cover it?

Tomorrow I'm taking it to Meineke to see if in fact it has a hole in it. I could never get a definite answer from the dealer. They say its damaged but one person tells me "dent" then another tells me "hole".

If it doesnt have a hole in it, I'm probably going to a different dealer to see what they say.

Thanks for all of your replies!
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If its a pin-hole, have you asked a local exhuast shop if they can weld it up?
Taking it tomorrow to have it looked at. If it's a pin-hole as you say - I will see if they can weld it.


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You can check the fault codes youself with the key dance, and check the CAT's yourself for the hole they told you.
Excuse my ignorance, but are you saying the fault codes can be checked by using the car key? If so, can you explain how? And where would I figure out what the code means?

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Found some universal ones for like $200-300
Where? Can you point me to them? Would the exhaust shop be able to locate them? Today during my phone calls with exhaust shops, no one suggested universal ones.

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are you saying the fault codes can be checked by using the car key? If so, can you explain how? And where would I figure out what the code means?

Thanks in advance!
Nevermind. I found the answers to the above here in the forum.

Although I didnt get the Key Dance to work for me.

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If there is no hole then I would say the dealer is being overly cautious.

The dealer may have been burned in the past by running a catalyst claim past Chrysler and, upon inspection, Chrysler found physical damage to the converter.
That would cause the claim to be denied.

Frankly, I'd recommend another dealer if the muffler shop inspection reveals no physical damage.

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