Toyota needs to have a better design for cat converters
P0420 Code - Emissions Cat Converter have to be replaced at 81000 miles.
Basically the check engine light was going on and off at 75K miles and onward. Finally when I took the car to the dealership at 81,000 miles, they said they had to replace the cat converter. There are two of them on the truck and good ol' toyota cannot figure out which of the 2 converters are bad. So, the consumer has to replace the first converter, and if that isn't the one that fixes the check engine light, then they proceed to change the second converter. Each converter runs about $1000 bucks a piece. Such bull... its frustrating b/c there is an 8 yr 80,000 emissions warranty on the vechile. Now just outside of the warranty by 1000 miles, Toyota isn't helping out with covering the parts. The engine light has been going on for 7000 miles, on and off. It wasn't my fault the stupid light wasn't staying on constant for the garage to run the diagnostics test and to capture the P0420 code. So moral of the story is, Toyota really won't help anyone out or honor a warranty even though the problem originated within the time limits of the vehicle.
This is very upsetting b/c 2000 bucks isn't chump change... nor is it cool for Toyota to not be able to precisely pinpoint which of the 2 converters are bad! Watch out everyone!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 11th November, 2005