I got a call from the dealer that does my servicing, and it appears as
though the "check engine" light that I keep clearing (Code: p0430-
catalyst efficiency below threshold - bank 2) is the catalytic converter
telling me that it's time for a replacement. The service advisor told
me that on my car the whole head pipe assembly would have to be replaced
(apparently, they didn't plan on people driving these things 140k miles)
at a cost of about $1600 (parts+labor). I told him to put that part on
hold and just bill me for the diagnostics.
My question for the group: What (if any) are my options? (besides just
forking over the cash) Are there any other sources for these parts
besides the junkyard and dealer, such as performance shops, etc? If I
wanted to depart from "stock" parts on my car and start looking into
customizing it, what are the pitfalls?
The bottom line is that I'm not ready to get rid of this car. As far as
I know, this is the only problem it has. I have taken extremely good
care of the mechanical parts of the car (engine, trans, brakes, etc.),
although I have let its exterior degrade a bit (it needs to be waxed and
carpets cleaned bad).
Any words of wisdom would be appreciated-