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Old 03-22-2002, 06:26 PM
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Federalization

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You may want to go to the , NHTSA and EPA web sites that will give you information as to what is required (problem will be that it is for current dates, not when you had your vehicle federalized). There will be phone numbers to contact individuals to obtain information. You may be able to get copies of your certification for a fee.

I am currently going through the process with a 1995 G 320. Depending on where you live and the yearly (if you have these requirements) testing that is done, it may not be possible or advisable to go back to pure European specs.

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Old 03-22-2002, 06:48 PM
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Not possible/advisable because of state inspection? Where I live now (Missouri) all the inspection consists of is honking your horn, checking if all the lights and signals work and kicking the tires. So here it wouldn't be a problem...but I am not living here too much longer and I plan on keeping this car until the floorboard drops out from underneath it. How bad are the inspections in some states? I still don't think they did TOO much...it came with emissions equipment (cat, smog pump...) from the factory, so I THINK all they did was mess with the tuning, which can be easily manipulated. I am relatively sure they didn't actually change any parts on the engine. I will try to research it though.
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Old 03-23-2002, 02:57 AM
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I can only speak for California and Washington State, the inspection includes a sniffer pipe in the exhaust of your vehicle. They put year, make and model along with the vin # in a computer to give base line numbers on what your vehicle co and o2 should be according to that states guidelines. If you don't pass you need to show that you spent up to $500.00 to get it to pass. If you have an inspector who feels that the headlights or tail lights are not conforming, they can make life tough (this rarely happens, but I have heard stories). Goodluck!

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Old 03-23-2002, 03:23 AM
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I guess then it would be time to drive to another inspection station!
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Old 03-25-2002, 09:16 AM
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Do the turn signals in US cars not auto cancel as standard then? they do on all UK cars. i have driven a couple of cars where the cancel had broken, and its so annoying!

Here in the UK we have to have the Annual MOT Test (Ministry of Transport Test) I had mine on Saturday just gone. They test for everything.

Tyres
Emissions (luckily my 1987 190 is pre cat converter so i get away with higher emmissions)
Wheels
Seatbelts
Lights
Horn
Wipers
Spare Wheel
Leaks
Rust

You name it, it is checked...its a nerveracking experience, as you can almost feel the money leaving your wallet as the inspector walks round the car!

Luckily mine passed..its a pain if it dosent pass, as you are then unable to buy your road tax, which means your insurance is invalid.....what a nightmare!
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Old 03-25-2002, 11:36 AM
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Silver Boat.

Do the turn signals in US cars not auto cancel as standard then? they do on all UK cars. i have driven a couple of cars where the cancel had broken, and its so annoying!

Actually no they do cancel. I was replying to grey500se's comment that his did not and and that that was normal for Euro cars. Perhaps his are just broken. I know all the cars I drove in Europe did self cancel. or perhaps there is some difference, but I have not discovered it.
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