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Anyone had to replace this thing yet? I couldn't believe it when the dealer told me it was $1882 to replace this sucker... what the hell is up with that???

Anyone know where I can get one for less money??? :roll:
 

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That's not for just one cat, it's for the set. The NOx absorbtive one has platnium materials in it so it's not cheap to build by any means. Luckily they're warrantied the same as the IMA for 80K miles, and even longer in California I believe. We've had discussion in the past you could probably get away with cutting the stock one off the exhaust pipe comming off the engine and welding a universal type one in it's place, but if the NOx one went I don't know what other choice you'd have.
 

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Yep, I looked up the price, but luckily didn't have to pay...Make sure you're not still covered under the extended emissions warrenty. For example, even though the Honda warranty ends at 100K over here, the emissions warranty continues to 130K.

I would not replace with a universal cat in either case. The high NOX output will contaminate any universal replacement in short order.
 

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Just in case anybody is wondering I believe I am reading between the lines here correctly in that the price quoted is Canadian dollars and the warranty is in kilometers.

In USD AFAI remember their in the $1400 neighborhood with an 80K miles warranty.
 

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born2drv said:
I couldn't believe it when the dealer told me it was $1882 to replace this sucker... what the hell is up with that???
You have to be insane to buy parts from a dealership, they overcharge in this area. When will people understand this?
 

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So where do you buy parts from then if not the dealership????

I've looked all over online and there are no catalytic converters available for this car aftermarket..... infact it is virtually impossible to get any parts for this car at all except for the dealer.

Btw.... i live in California, so the price quoted was in USD$.
 

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high prices

THIS is the thing I was trying to bring up in my other post(about the arguments against the insight). Don't get me wrong I really want to get a solution like this (a car like insight), but NOT at high prices like this. To me $190 is a high price. $1900+ is just off the wall INSANE price. Isn't there anyway to replace it with a generic one? even if it only lasted 1/3 of the life of the factory one @ around $100 it would be worth it.
ps. I just checked on the Honda automotive parts link above. The price was still $1025 for the catalytic converter.
 

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Stop whining, new technology comes with a price. If you don't want to pay it then don't buy into this technology until it's mainstream. Other high mileage cars are much cheaper to purchase than the Insight.
 

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what other high milage cars are there out there? I am seeking better than 40mpg but not something like a geo metro. I thought the only 3 choices were volkswagen tdi, toyota prius, and insight? That only leave a few other vehicles.
 

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Again if you are not willing to pay the price for the technology then I suggest you bow out of it until overall costs come down.
 

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Alright, calm down you two. We'll just say yes the catylitic converter set is rather pricey, but all Insight parts tend to be high because of it being limited production.

Consider what your buying, these aren't run of the mill cats.

http://www.insightcentral.net/encyclope ... lytic.html

The NOX converter is made with platnium in it for a catylist for the NOX emissions. That is not a cheap material to get let alone manufacture in to something.
 

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The good news is that i'm nearly at 100k miles and I haven't had to replace any parts except brakes, tires and filters. I've never had a car before that didn't leak oil a couple times prior to hitting 100k miles.
 

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davioh said:
resist,
what other high milage cars are there out there? I am seeking better than 40mpg but not something like a geo metro. I thought the only 3 choices were volkswagen tdi, toyota prius, and insight? That only leave a few other vehicles.
get a volkswagen golf TDI. have fun with diesel.
 

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diesels are fun and running biodiesel is cool. I own 2 VW tdi's.

But don't think for one second that VW provides a good car or good customer service. They suck and rank at the bottom of every JD power study. The only thing good about VW is they offer the TDI engine. and a regular person can and will have to work on the car. Most vw techs can't even use the correct oil on the new style TDI engines. what a joke

When Honda sells a diesel in the US. VW sales wil drop like a rock.
 
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