Okay, so I took a major gamble on buying my car. Obviously I bought my 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer O.Z. Rally used. The service engine light was on when I first looked at the car and the previous owner told me she has been driving it like that for 6 to 8 months and never got it fixed since she was told it wasn't harming the car at all since the catalytic converter isn't that bad, yet.
I took it in to get it looked at by a very trusted mechanic and he told me the situation with the car about how the computer doesn't tell him which catalytic converter it is since it has two. So it would be recommended to replace both. What I am getting at is... I'm on a budget, I don't have a grand to fork out to fix this problem. Not realizing how expensive this fix was. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could fix this problem without breaking my wallet? Is it possible to just replace the front catalytic converter and just remove the rear one? If so... is there a way to override the sensor so my service engine light won't be on?
He checked everything else on the car and said it was well maintained, has new spark plugs, he checked all the belts and fluids and said it all checked out fine and oil changes were done regularly. So hopefully the only problem I will have with the car is the current one with the cats, probably needs new suspension as well since the car has 118k on it.
Like I said, they can't be that bad yet just for the fact that I only get that nasty smell if I step on the gas pretty hard, which I was told was one of the symptoms. On top of that I don't have that much power loss either, I was told the est time 0-60 on these cars is about 9 seconds. I got about 9.8 when I timed it, speed isn't that big of a deal to me... A clean, well maintained and excellent condition car is what is a big deal to me. lol
Sorry for long post... To anyone who replies, thanks in advance!