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Engine Check light

On Monday when driving to Wellington to catch the Orange line to the Red Sox game I noticed the Engine Check light was on - also the Cruise Control button was blinking. Later I read the manual in the dark (no, I wasn't driving at the time) and saw that sometimes it is caused by the gas tank cap being loose. We stopped to check that; it seemed OK and but I tightened it anyway but this made no difference. Yesterday I scored a while-you-wait appointment at the Subaru dealer and we stopped there on the way to the English Country Dance. They said it was the catalytic converter and it was in stock so they replaced it - the warantee still covered it - the car is a bit over 4 1/2 years old. When they were done they said it would have cost $3,000 - the catalytic converter has platinum in it! Just for a spare part.

My first used car - a '40 chevy in '54 cost $45. My first new car cost $2,100 - an MG-A bought on the way home from a job interview where I got a verbal offer. Yes, a .05 cent cup of coffee costs $2.50 or more these days - so that is even higher inflation, and the paper cup it is served in might cost a nickel, and a coffee filter (the equivalent of the catalytic converter is 5-10 cents.

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A cup of coffee for a twentieth of a penny? Cheap at twice the price!

There are reports of cars (SUVs, if I recall) being raided for their Pt-containing catalytic converters.

that certainly happens in commuter-rail parking lots in the Trawna area... people with decent cars (coz they can afford the commuter rail and living in the burbs) go to work at 730, return at 530 to find their cars with no converter.

but then, light poles are being vandalised for the copper cabling inside these days.

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