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May 25, 2004

Your vehicle is in compliance.

Best words I've seen on a piece of paper recently.

I was starting to worry I'd have to replace the catalytic converter on the Jeep, which, at what the shop was asking, wasn't a pretty picture. $300 for aftermarket or $700 for OEM, plus labor! I'm still not entirely sure where $300 was coming from, given I can walk into any auto parts store in the valley and walk out with a direct-fit cat for $100 or less. Maybe that's for a remanufactured part. Beats me. Don't care.

It only took almost $500 worth of voodoo to get the vehicle in compliance. Two parts were replaced. Two. A $2.50 gasket, and a $100 oxygen sensor. The rest was all tune-up crap. You haven't seen overcharged until you've seen what a dealership charges to update the vehicle's computer. Yeah, I bet it took a lot of hard work for that tech to hook up the cable and mash the "upload" button.

Oh well. Now I can get my tags ordered before they expire at the end of the month.

Fun fact: Arizona's emissions testing only offers you one free retest. They also don't accept anything but cash or checks, so it's a darn good thing I took $40 with me to the testing center this morning.

Posted by Colin at May 25, 2004 4:07 PM

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