Replacing Catalytic Converter

Discussion in 'Generation 1 Prius Discussion' started by Tashfeen Ekram, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. Tashfeen Ekram

    Tashfeen Ekram Junior Member

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    I need to my Gen 1 Prius to apss the CA smog test. The engine light has come on with codes P0420 and P0171. Getting the catalytic converter changed will cost between $1500-$2000. DO I have to get one from the dealer? Can I get a much cheaper of Amazon like this one ->


    I have someone who can install it for me. I am just not sure if there are some regulations that do not allow for this.

    Thanks.
     
  2. bisco

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    not in cali, from what i've read
     
  3. Tashfeen Ekram

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    Bummer.

    It says that it is approved for CA but when I talked to a muffler guy here he said that I had to buy it from the dealer.
     
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  4. bisco

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    that's what i've read. you can buy it online and have muffler guy install it?
     
  5. Brian in Tucson

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    Buy it and schedule a trip to Reno (skiing at Squaw Valley) or casino crap. While you're recreating, have a muffler shop install it. As long as it kills the CEL code, you're golden.

    Or find a "guy" that will install it in his backyard. Might find a "guy" at the local community college or even at Stanford. I like latino "guys" for automotive work.
     
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