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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Putting Money into my 2000 Subaru - needs entire exhaust system

Hi, I need to get a few opinions...The catalytic converter is going (was once welded about 4 years ago) and along with the whole exhaust system, needs to be replaced. Cost for parts and labor will be about $2,400.00. The car has 145K Miles. This is my second Subaru, first one bought while pregnant with my second child, and she was the one that was driving it when it died. It was 18 years old. The now 17 year old car is in pretty good shape considering it's age, body wise and engine. I just don't know if it's worth it or not.

Can I get some insight as to what other owners of older an Subaru would do?


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Yes for sure, not sure what the laws are in New York but i would check that first and if you can order a aftermarket cat on line lots of cheep ones out their and then have muffler shop install it. you should save a lot.

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@Traycee I see this is your first forum post, so welcome to the forum from Oregon!

If you can use aftermarket parts & can do the work yourself, you can save lots of money!

Take a look at the parts pricing here on RockAuto.com

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...The now 17 year old car is in pretty good shape considering it's age, body wise and engine. I just don't know if it's worth it or not...
Even if the body is relatively free of rust (it needs to be on a lift for a really good inspection), that's a lot of money for that age car. But if the underbody and suspension parts are on their last leg, this is a good time to go shopping.
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$2400 must be either a Dealer or a Muffler shop chain (Midas)...unless things are just really overpriced in NY?

That's probably close to the value of your Forester, so seems too $teep.

Can you or someone you trust install an exhaust? If so, maybe find one on Craigslist. Used ones from a salvage/wrecking yard won't have the Catalytic converters - illegal to resell used ones, last I checked.

You can likely use one from a '92-'06 Impreza or <1999 Legacy - but it'd need to be shortened or lengthened as needed.
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Even if the body is relatively free of rust (it needs to be on a lift for a really good inspection), that's a lot of money for that age car. But if the underbody and suspension parts are on their last leg, this is a good time to go shopping.
That is what I was hoping not to happen....however, even though my car is free of rust....to sink that money in for who knows how long everything else will last, I do love my car...but you're right. Thanks for your input. Much appreciated.
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$2400 is obscene, don't you dare pay that!

I'm pretty sure that NY state restricts catalytic converters similar to CA, but there is no law that I'm aware of that prevents you from replacing it yourself. Check the underside of the hood for your emissions sticker which will identify your engine family and narrow the search for a replacement cat. You can usually pick these up online for $250-400 and installation takes about an hour (unless your welder friend got crazy and welded the OE cat to the manifold) in your driveway.

As for exhaust systems, I have a Stromung 2.25" SS catback that I think cost $600 for the mid pipe and muffler. Scott may make a SF specific setup, but since most everything that fits on an Impreza chassis will fit a Forester you can piece meal a nice setup that won't rust out on you after a winter or two.

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Welcome Traycee,
My 1999 A/T has 230,000 on it and I face the same decision every couple years, although not for that much money.
My area uses little salt on the roads, so underbody rust is minimal. It's primarily a winter driver at this point.
I've been keeping my car up and, for hard winters like this one, am glad I've done so.

You. So, I'd probably shop around for repair services and end up keeping the present vehicle.
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What I would do [and what I did do for my 02] is as follows. Go to Advanced Auto and ask the manager what local muffler shops buy muffler parts from them. Then go to a couple of these and get a quote. You would probably save half the cost and then it would be economical for a 00 subaru.
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I was lucky and a local person on this gave me their old exhaust. I just bought the hangers and an aftermarket cat and it's almost new now.
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