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Im looking for a new car after totaling my 94 Yota Pickup. I came across an 03 Spec V with 52,000 miles for 9 grand. I did lots of research on the 02-06 Spec Vs and am aware of the Pre Cat and Butterfly issues. I asked the dealer if all the recalls have been made on it and he did not know the answer. My question is should I take a chance and buy the car? Also how damaged does the pre cat have to be for the engine to be pretty much doomed? Thanks
 

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Remove the upper o2 sensor and the front exhaust tube and look inside of the catalyst. The catalyst should be honeycombed, smooth and intact. If it's at all NOT SMOOTH, like broken up, there is a chance that the broken catalyst has ended up in the engine...:eek:
Look inside of the exhaust tip and see if there is any black "oily" residue. This is a sign that the engine might be burning oil! Good luck!!!
 
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