Catalytic Converter bad; 900+ Atlas also need this
2018 Atlas purchased in June 2018. 26000 miles. I have spent hours and days at the dealer with many problems on this car. Sigh.
During the cold weather in January, I drove my car @ 5 miles, then drove to 2 other places for errands. Car started no problem. After stopping for about 10 minutes, I came out and car would not start. Clicking noise and dashboard icons flashing, EPC and check engine icon stay on. Got the battery jumped, meter says it is 50% power. Charged battery at home. Car started and ran fine for 2 days. On the 3rd day, battery dead again, jump-started and let run for 20 minutes. EPC and engine icons lit up again. Attempted to drive to dealer but car cannot go more than 13 mph. car runs ragged, sluggish. Waited for VW tow to arrive (3+ hours) never showed up. I try to start car ( it sat outside in -20 degrees for 3 hours) and it starts right up. No EPC or engine icons on. Car drives fine. Dealer replaced battery but could not do anything about EPC code. Told to come back next time the icon comes on. Convenient!
Next day, car starts fine. EPC light comes on after 2nd stop. Sunday so I can't take it in. Next day (a Monday) , EPC light and engine light on. Dealer is able to clear code then drives car for an hour until the EPC code comes back on, Diagnosed as bad catalytic converter. Parts on backorder as 900+ other Atlas's also have this problem. No ETA on when this can be fixed and I am basically limited to local driving. I am afraid of power loss as reported by other drivers with EPC code problems.
This is the final straw for me. Once this is fixed I am selling and finding a more reliable 3-row vehicle.