Hello Car Talk Community,
I have a bit of a situation… my wife and I have 2 Subarus (2000 Outback & 2002 Forester) with around the same mileage (150K) and are facing the same problem - our catalytic convertors.
I just got off the phone with a trusted muffler shop, and he said that there must be something else wrong. If a cat convertor is going bad, there is something else upstream that is making it do so. It is going to cost about $700 to fix on each car, and I’m struggling with that price tag vs. the value of our cars and the possibility of something else being wrong.
My original idea was to sell (or trade-in) one of them, fix the other, and buy a brand new car (our first!). I’m just worried that I’m going to get nothing from a trade-in, and don’t know if it is ethical to sell a car with possible problems like this. They both NADA for around $3K… will someone buying a car for that price basically accept that they are going to have to fix some stuff in the near future? Or could I sell one for $2K and have a clean conscience?
Thoughts? Ideas? I don’t want to throw away money…
Thanks for your time everyone - hope to get some feedback.