I have a 2003 VW jetta 5 speed I have owned since I started driving. Recently sold my taco since I rarely drive now. Really like the car and I want to keep it for a long time since I always hear people talk about how they wish they kept their early cars. Anyways just broke 130,000 miles on her.
So my CAT is completely SHOT on her. No materials left inside. Mechanically she is great though. The car right now is only worth 2000 bucks. A new CAT will be ~$1000. I don't really want to spend 1000 for something that doesn't affect the car mechanically just to pass the BS NY state inspection.
I took it to my mechanic and the past couple years he has reset the drive cycle and has had me going through it to pass inspection. Problem is this year its not working. Im really not a mechanic kind of car guy...I love cars but don't know shit about about fixing them;
Is there ANY thing I can do to attempt to get it to pass an inspection? Im willing to spend some money but really never drive since I live in NYC now. I have heard installing spacers? Sometimes can pass an inspection? Looking for any advice