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My Mini's catalytic converter failed - would BMW contribute to replacing it?

I have a 2003 BMW Mini with 40,000 miles on the clock. Towards the back end of last year, it developed a rattle which was subsequently identified as the catalytic convertor substrate failing. BMW quoted £1100 to replace it, which I thought was very expensive, particularly as the cat' has only lasted for about half of its typical usable life. So I raised it with BMW UK, unsuccessfully. My query is this - is there a case to answer, or do I take the hit and shop around for an aftermarket catalytic convertor which would be a lot cheaper?

Asked on 16 March 2013 by MB, Northwich

Answered by Honest John
The car is nearly 10 years old, three years past the end of its design life and four years past the end of any liability under SoGA, so it's OTT to expect any sort of contribution from the manufacturer for a repair. Get a new one from the aftermarket for less than a third of the price.
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