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    Should I fix or trade in!?!?!?

    Brand new here, could barely figure out how to post this! Have 03 WRX wagon which needs new catalytic converters (live in MA, must have for emissions). Car has 125K miles on it. Trusted mechanic is hesitant to have me spend the 1K and upwards on the repair. Advice needed! Thanks in advance for any responses. I know NOTHING about most of the things I am reading on here so please be gentle.
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    1K just for a catalytic converter repair?

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    does it make more sense if it is for 2?

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    What exactly is wrong with the cats? How do you know there is something wrong with the cats?

    Used exhaust parts are usually readily available, sourced either from ultra-talented drivers whose cars are now in wrecking yards, or "tUnErZ" who remove them. If you need an OEM exhaust, you don't have to buy new. Why do you need an exhaust though? It is not all that common for the cats to fail on a car that's so young.

    What's the full story? We can almost certainly help with cheaper solutions but we need all details -- CELs, diagnostics done, modifications done, everything.

    So, please post any/all information. Even from a distance I highly doubt you need two catalytic converters -- in essence a full factory exhaust from the turbo back -- to pass inspection unless they are missing or something odd happened. And hold on to the money until you get a third or fourth opinion, in my view.
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    The price quote you got is reasonable for new factory cats. I'm guessing you're throwing a rear cat inefficiency code?

    As SD_GR said, stock downpipes are readily available, and you can usually pick up both post-turbo cats for pretty cheap used if you shop around.

    I don't know any local MA boards, but how far from the NY border are you? If you're willing to make the drive, I'm sure there are some people who'd be willing to sell theirs.
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    Yeah I don't blame you for not wanting to drop $1k on brand new cats. As the others say, its pointless when used pieces will suffice just as well and be MUCH cheaper. 2 Cats in the turbo-back exhaust isn't necessary. One is all you need. Searching the Private classified forums around here and on Nasioc could yield you some results.

    I'm wondering if the cat in the uppipe is also in question here? If so, this should be taken into account as the pre-turbo cat can cause issues in the long run. Many here consider swapping out the Uppipe for a catless aftermarket piece (or properly gutting the stock piece) to be more preventative maintenance as opposed to any kind of upgrade. This is because having a cat before the turbo increases the risk of catalyst material breaking out and being sucked into the turbo, thus causing the Kablooey effect on it (could destroy the turbo). Removing this cat shouldn't have any effect on emissions.
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    take out the precat (the uppipe one)

    do one of: swap for somebody's used exhaust, go stage 2, or just buy anti-foulers and do the mechanical CEL fix.
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