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I know it is too late, but there really is no need to take a nine-year-old car with 160,000 miles to the dealer. They just salivate when they see a car like yours pull into the service bay.
Any reputable mechanic can read the codes and perform repairs, and they can do it for a lot less.
Catalytic converters can and do fail. The MO has three cats, two of which are monitored by a set of O2 sensors. The third is not monitored by the engine control system.
The two in question are directly connected to the engine's exhaust manifold. They are called three-way cats and have an MSRP of $567. The rest of your $1,000+ is labor.
The third cat has an MSRP of $840. However, if the dealer claims the error codes are for this cat then he is BS'ing you because it is not checked by the O2 sensors.
Now if you had taken your MO to an independent garage, the parts would be much cheaper. For example, Advance Auto sells the three-way cats for $400 and the third cat for just $100.
I suggest you give them a call. What was the error code? Which cat are they replacing?
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