Thread: I gutted my cat
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      05-20-2019, 05:15 PM   #50
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Originally Posted by 5mall5nail5 View Post
Originally Posted by sspade View Post

European cats have higher precious metal content than domestic. Especially old domestic.

The fact is, European cats bring more and the scrap yard than domestic cats.

Go ahead, ask me how I know.
I've scrapped prob 10 - 15 cats from E30/E36/E34/E39s. That's not the point. Getting $75 - $125 for a 60,000 mile E34 540i cat from a scrapper vs. selling them to an enthusiast who needs to pass smog for $800 is worlds difference. OE MSRP is close to $1,500 A SIDE, even today. I have sold cats from these cars to local shops when I parted or upgraded and have made significant return vs. scrapping (or gutting the cat).

My point is that the BMW cat is less valuable to a scrapper than as a whole to a person needing said cat.
Fair points, understand where you are coming from on the value thing. Thats why I bought a catless downpipe instead of gutting mine

Apparently OP is in a unique situation where he is positive he wont need his ever again.

For most, the $200 spent on a catless is a wise move (and save OEM cat).
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