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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-31-2007, 03:55 PM
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Magnaflow 43005 Catalytic Converter - CHEAP?

I was searching around eBay for a decent priced 43005 Catalytic converter for my 540i. I came across this auction. Think this is a good price?

Magnaflow 43005 Catalytic Converter:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Magna...em130183962997

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Old 12-31-2007, 04:26 PM
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Hold on, I used to know a coupon code at this one website. It ended up being REALLY cheap. Just give me a sec.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:32 PM
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all right, check it out. Go to www.hottexhaust.com. Then click on catalytic converters and find the right one you need. In your case the 43005. Enter the quantity you need. A 10% discount will automatically be applied. Then click on "enter coupon code" and enter the code "**********." Each converter comes out to being only $154.42 shipped to your door.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:33 PM
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performancepeddler.com has them for $180.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:33 PM
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I have to give credit where it's due, so thank you to M5james for sharing this info with us.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:47 PM
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I have to give credit where it's due, so thank you to M5james for sharing this info with us.
WOW. Thanks a lot! You guys saved me Major $$$.

A very Special Thanks to Ryan M, changeforabuttn, and M5james! 1+ Kudos to all and more.

I'll get to it .

Thanks again!
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:50 PM
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Just do me a favor, let me know how they work out if you do get them. Fit and finish, quality, how they work, etc. I need new cats to and these are the ones I'm thinking of getting.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:36 PM
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Another question, should I buy new 02 sensors as well? Which should I change? I think there's 4...
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:31 PM
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Yes, buy new o2 sensors. I would change all 4 because they probably havent been changed before. The pre-cat o2 sensors are responsible for maintaining correct air/fuel ratios and the post-cat sensors monitor the air coming through the cat to make sure emissions are correct and the cats are doing their job. If you don't replace the o2's, you could get a check engine light because the ecu thinks the cats are bad. So it's always a good idea to replace all 4. For the pre-cat sensors go to http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductD...pe=291&PTSet=A
This is the cheapest site for pre-cat o2's. For the post cat try http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductD...pe=291&PTSet=A
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:33 PM
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its an advance autoparts website, so if you have one near you, you can just go in and order them. They should be available for pickup in 1 or 2 days and you'll save on shipping. Just make sure you get the plug and play ones, otherwise you'll have to wire them yourself and these are a big headache to get right. Also make sure they're the bosch ones.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:44 PM
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its an advance autoparts website, so if you have one near you, you can just go in and order them. They should be available for pickup in 1 or 2 days and you'll save on shipping. Just make sure you get the plug and play ones, otherwise you'll have to wire them yourself and these are a big headache to get right. Also make sure they're the bosch ones.
Thanks Ryan M. You've been a real big help. I'll update this thread once I get all the parts installed and update you about the progress.

1+ Kudos to you (again ) and more.
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Please do update. Oh, and your welcome, it's what we're all here for
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I've seen universal fit Magnaflow cats for less than $70. I don't know if they would work on a V8 and for the price, I'd be wary of quality issues. I suppose you would have to cut the old ones out and weld the new ones in. I might try them if someone else already had and was pleased with them, otherwise I'd stick with direct fit ones.
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I've seen universal fit Magnaflow cats for less than $70. I don't know if they would work on a V8 and for the price, I'd be wary of quality issues. I suppose you would have to cut the old ones out and weld the new ones in. I might try them if someone else already had and was pleased with them, otherwise I'd stick with direct fit ones.
These are the 93005s, which are not CARB certified, and have a shorter warranty.
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I've seen universal fit Magnaflow cats for less than $70. I don't know if they would work on a V8 and for the price, I'd be wary of quality issues. I suppose you would have to cut the old ones out and weld the new ones in. I might try them if someone else already had and was pleased with them, otherwise I'd stick with direct fit ones.
$70 for Magnaflow Cats? I think you're talking about a different Cat. I need the 43005's in order for me to pass CA emissions. Direct fit are expensive. Replacing the Cat and welding them back is much cheaper. Both will give the same result, just depending if the welding is done correctly (A close friend will weld mines with 3-years of experience .)
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Just do me a favor, let me know how they work out if you do get them. Fit and finish, quality, how they work, etc. I need new cats to and these are the ones I'm thinking of getting.
Mine have worked out fine for over a year now (touch wood!). They have to be welded in, and, on the advice of a post on this site, welded in to the exact same place as the originals.

Sure beats paying BMW $1400 for one rebuilt unit.
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Lots of folks have had problems with aftermarket cats. Do yourself a favor and do a search.

Problem is they will work for a short while and then start throwing CELs.
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Lots of folks have had problems with aftermarket cats. Do yourself a favor and do a search.

Problem is they will work for a short while and then start throwing CELs.
But which aftermarket cats? Specifically Magnaflows? I can't speak for others, but I have had no problems with my 43005s.
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But which aftermarket cats? Specifically Magnaflows? I can't speak for others, but I have had no problems with my 43005s.
From what I recall reading on the subject there is not a single aftermarket cat out there that has not given someone trouble.

I had trouble myself after using an aftermarket cat that the dealer suggested. I had my car in numerous times and the dealer techs tried all kinds of things but none worked permanently. I eventually went OEM cat.

I've read similiar stories here about Magnaflows but I do not recall the model number.

How long in miles have you had yours?
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I can't remember the exact number, but I would guess about 15,000 kms.

The 43005s have a five-year guarantee, and they are CARB approved for many cars, so I went with them over the others that were suggested, the 93005s. BMW in Canada only seems to sell the rebuilds at a ridiculous price ($1400) so they were out as far as I was concerned. The whole thing, all in, was about $400 for two cats, removal of the old ones, and welding in the new. The O2 sensors were fairly new, so I left them. Thus far, no issues.
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I can't remember the exact number, but I would guess about 15,000 kms.

The 43005s have a five-year guarantee, and they are CARB approved for many cars, so I went with them over the others that were suggested, the 93005s. BMW in Canada only seems to sell the rebuilds at a ridiculous price ($1400) so they were out as far as I was concerned. The whole thing, all in, was about $400 for two cats, removal of the old ones, and welding in the new. The O2 sensors were fairly new, so I left them. Thus far, no issues.
Good luck, I hope they continue to hold out for you.
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Good luck, I hope they continue to hold out for you.
Me too, also! Everytime I type something good about them, I touch the faux wood of my cubicle worksurface for luck.
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Me too, also! Everytime I type something good about them, I touch the faux wood of my cubicle worksurface for luck.
Touching faux wood didn't work for me about a week ago. Better find some real wood fast
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here's a site for ya. and these are 63 a piece.
http://store.summitracing.com/egnsea...115+4294923429
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here's a site for ya. and these are 63 a piece.
http://store.summitracing.com/egnsea...115+4294923429
If only my friend. Those are 53004s... I don't think they can pass CA emissions... I need 43005s. I'm ordering them soon though. Thanks to Ryan M and his coupon.
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