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if thats a gen4, they stole a resonator, not a converter. the converter is part of the exhaust manifold in the 2.5lFXE engine, and unless they were seriously damaging the car, its pretty fucking hard to get up in there to even get an angle on it.
 

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Here's a picture of it replaced. Converter? View attachment 57150
whoever did this work ripped you off. If they charged you for a converter, and they put that in, you got taken for a ride. The 3-way converter is tucked right up on the engine, nearly impossible to get to without serious surgury in the engine bay, which is pretty compact. if its under the van, its just exhaust pipe and resonators, which are all cheap and can be replaced with stainless components.
 

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@Jetstreamblue do you agree with chubbysumo? I'm talking with a different shop tomorrow that's suppose to wrap and paint the CAT
I will take a picture of the converter on my van tomorrow, on where it is, and how impossible it would be to get to it without serious noise and damage to the vehicle. They would have to remove 2 plastic undertray covers, which cover the entire front underside of the van, and then they would have to somehow angle the recip saw in a way that will cut, in an area that it would never fit without making the van inoperable.


that is the part for the toyota FXS 2.5l engines. it is literally right on the exhaust manifold, its part of it. you cannot physically reach it from the top or bottom of the van, only the bolts to remove the rest of the exhaust. if your manifold was leaking, you would have to drop the entire engine with the subframe because there is just 3 inches around the entire thing.

The part number they put on your invoice isn't even for your vehicle. Its the downpipe and integrated converter for 2015 to 2019 toyota corolla's.
I was in correct with this. its the mid pipe system, complete. looks like they didn't use all of it.

I would suggest you never take your van to that shop again, and also you at least call them out for their bullshit. not only did they not give you what you paid for, but they made you pay for the wrong parts. im sorry you got ripped off, there are some scammers out there in all businesses.
they gave you what you paid for, but it was money that wasn't needed.

Edit: im sorry, i hate ripoff shops. If they put a full cat back factory exhaust system in, then a $1400 parts charge would be acceptable. the issue is that you can clearly see that is not what they did, and on top of that, any smart exhaust shop would have known that what was cut was a resonator and they could have just welded in a stainless replacement pipe and resonator. the sound of the van might have changed, but it would have been a whole lot less than $1100. also, i errored, because that toyota part number brings up multiple "intermediate pipe front" from toyota parts catalogues on google, I don't know why.

That said, why the fuck did they charge for a whole OEM kit? There is no converter on it, its pipes and resonators, I could have had this in and out for $300 and some booger welds.
 

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the rav uses a different manifold and converter setup. I linked the toyota part for the manifold/converter that is in the Highlander hybrid, sienna, and anything that uses the 2.5l FXS engine. the converter is nearly impossible to even see from anywhere on the ground or above, let alone actually get to it without causing serious damage and crippling the van. Honestly, if you had to replace a converter on one of these, I think it would be a full engine/subframe out job, because there just isn't any room.
 

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Honestly, I don't know enough about cars to tell you. But both Jetstreamblue and ChubbySumo on this thread say it's the resonator and it seems to be the resonator based on the equipment drawings on Toyota's site.

The dealership who replaced it twice and the mechanic who put the cables on told me it was the catalytic converter and two different thieves must have assumed it was the catalytic converter.

It was over 2k to replace each time. The cables and paint was $300ish. I haven't had any problems since the cables were put on.
Whatever dealership you're going to to have it replaced is absolutely ripping you off and taking you for every penny they can. Even if they were to just use the Toyota factory mid pipe, the factory mid pipe assembly is $1,400 and is held in by four bolts and takes about 20 minutes to swap. If they are charging you for 6 hours of Labor on a book time 60 minute job, that's a damn rip off.


that is the toyota part for the converter/manifold assembly. this is literally tucked up behind the engine in the engine bay, and cannot come out unless the front subframe is dropped out. its literally part of the engine(to most people). They didn't steal that, and whoever told you it was a cat was full of shit to justify charging you 2000. IF a thief managed to steal your converter, either they are a wizard, or they seriously took your entire van apart. the new a25fxs engines have a single converter, not 2 like the old ones.

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That is the converter. its hard to see, but that wire coming out in the middle right of the picture is the pre-cat O2 sensor, and the entire thing is tucked up under the cowl where your windshield bottom is by about a foot. I had to shove my phone down there and take a bunch of blind pictures to even get this one. it cannot be seen from the bottom without removing the plastic panel that covers the bottom side of the front of the van, it only has a small cutout in that panel for the midpipe to go thru and up about 8 inches to get to the cat flange. I can try and get a picture from underneath when I do my next oil change to give you perspective on how impossible it would be to remove without causing serious damage. you see that bright orange cable? thats a high voltage line that runs to the battery. those steel lines you see above are for the fuel system, and the little thing mounted on the firewall is your power steering assist motor.

if this happens again, don't tell the mechanic or shop that someone stole your cat, tell them that it sounds funny. this could have been fixed for about $1900 cheaper each time with a straight pipe or a resonator of the correct length to weld in at literally any exhaust shop.

whatever dealer you are going to, stop going to them, they have a service department who is skilled at ripping people off, and they don't deserve a penny of business.

Edit: as you can tell, I hate ripoff shops. this poster was taken for over $4000 by a dealer for a $50 resonator. Any shop that lies to their "customers" should not be allowed to stay in business. They knew this wasn't a converter. they knew it was a resonator. they lied and charged 6 hours of labor on a 1400 bolt in part both fucking times. flat book rate on something like this is just 1 hour, because its a fucking 1 hour job to unbolt it, unhang it, and put the new one up. OP needs to fucking raise a shitstorm locally over this lying sack of shit dealer. I hate ripoff shops.
 
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