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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: The Catalytic Converter Is Dead

May 1, 2013

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Project Miata's check engine light is illuminated. This is why.

It looks like we're peering into the dumpster of some dystopian future, but that's actually the inside of Project Miata's catalytic converter. The catalyst brick is all broken apart inside there and the steel batting is sagging down. After 142,000 miles, some of them supercharged and with lots of hard driving, it's done.

Time to call Moss Miata for a replacement.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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