So my 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Limited didn’t pass the smog check. Apparently one of the oxygen sensors is malfunctioning. Should I get it replaced at the smog check place or take it to the dealership?

So my 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Limited didn’t pass the smog check. Apparently one of the oxygen sensors is malfunctioning. Should I get it replaced at the smog check place or take it to the dealership?

 
At 15 years old, your Montero probably isn’t worth paying dealer service rates. Find a good independent mechanic (remember that Google-fu) and be sure to balance the cost of repairs versus the value of the vehicle versus your desire to keep it or scrap it. (Remembering those Chinese washing machines). The Smog check place is probably the LAST place I would have do the repairs, because they’re either going to charge a premium for convenience, or not have the vehicle-specific knowledge to properly carry out the repairs. Key to savings here is planning ahead, such that you’re not rushing and paying through the nose to make the smog deadline. Buyer beware.  ~ Bill

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