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When I bought my 98 528i, the dealer that inspected it said that the catalytic converter was improperly mounted. It (or part of the exhaust ) is touching the cross member and causing a rattle noise. What can I expect to pay to have this fixed? re-mount? or just add a hanger? please any thoughts would help.


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well it depends on what it is... if its really just an adjustment than you can do it yourself.

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AND/OR muffler place i.e. Midas
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When I bought my 98 528i, the dealer that inspected it said that the catalytic converter was improperly mounted. It (or part of the exhaust ) is touching the cross member and causing a rattle noise.
Do you people really buy cars from dealers knowing there is a problem with it??? Jesus, he even pointed it out to you. I wouldn't even consider buying a car without it having just been fully serviced & MOT'd.

At the end of the day if it has the proper exhaust on it there shouldn't be a major problem. Although inproperly mounted could mean it has been fitted into the system in the wrong position OR just that a mounting bush has dropped off/not been fitted. Either way it's not a major problem BUT one the seller would usually take care of it before selling - I hope you got a good discount. Really you need to get her on a ramp/axle stands and have a proper look to see what's goin on. Or take her to an exhaust fitter and he should be able to sort it out in minutes.
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I am assuming AFTER you bought the car from somewhere else; you took it to the dealer for inspection. Yes?
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Yes, I had it checked out after I bought it. I bought it from TX having saved about $3000.00 compared to the same car here ( Minneapolis MN ), Paid $15,000 for a 1998 528i sport with 65000 miles.
thanks for the advice.
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Yes, I had it checked out after I bought it. I bought it from TX having saved about $3000.00 compared to the same car here ( Minneapolis MN ), Paid $15,000 for a 1998 528i sport with 65000 miles.
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Sorry that I got the wrong end of the stick.

Once you get her a little bit higher look for the bit that is scraping/knocking and make sure there is no excessive wear. Look around the cat and the boxes to see if there is a mount point (basically a peice of metal rod welded to the box/tube) which is not pushed into a rubber mount. If all mounts are present and good It's more likely the system was assembled wrongly by a dodgy exhaust fitter and will need to be taken to pieces and put back together in the right way - arm yourself with a wrench set and some exhaust paste or as I said pop it into a fitter.

Another problem may be that a cheap PATTERN part has been fitted - these do not always fit the same as manufacturers parts - hope this isn't the case for you.
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I figured that!!
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I brought it to Car X today and they said the exhaust was alll original, buy part was laying on the cross member, he heated part of the pipe up to realign, no more rattles. Cost =$60.00

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Glad to hear it and enjoy. Cheers
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Glad she's sorted, but sounds like a dodgy fitting job in the first place. Nevermind though I guess the important thing is she's alright now!
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