I'm not trying to put this onto someone else. I'm not asking for a two day fix, more like a one year fix. Someone buying a 2003 Jetta should know that there are going to be problems and I would be disclosing all information. I just can't afford to buy a brand new Catalytic Converter so even if I was keeping the car I would look for other solutions. I've also read that sometimes a diagnostic reading can say it's the cat when in fact it's just the other sensor. So if someone can give me a helpful solution instead an accusation, that would be appreciated. I know there is more than one way to fix this problem. How about something to clean out the cat so it produces cleaner emissions and doesn't need to be replaced?
Per the second answer, I'm not sure about the code since a mechanic did it for me, but i do have the 2.0 version and i did readthat having a crapped out cat this ealry on is unlikely...I heard that the dealership must replace it if it's under warrenty...is that accurate? If someone could please help me with some other options besides calling me unethical, that would be nice. I am an honest college student and I'm not going to sell someone a car that i "sneakily" temporarliy fixed right before they buy it..I'm just looking for how I can fix the problems without shelling out thousands more because I've already done that. My question before may have been misleading, so I apologize for that.
So I guess my new question is, if it's not the cat even though the diagnotic test said it was, what could it be? I'veseriously spent a lot of time on this. I've been to 3 mechanics, replaced the vaccum hose, the bank 1 o2 sensor, my boyfriend has looked at it several times and discussed this with several mechanic buddies, and I spend an hour at auto zone with an employee trying to get hlp. I'm a 22yr old girl so I've doneas much as someone with littlecar experience can do. Help!!!