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Andrew S

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    Los Angeles, California, USA
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    My future '02, reminiscing about my old '02, my old e30, or my old e21

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  1. $1,000, ha! The DOT compliance modifications sound like they must have been expensive, but I can't find a similar requirement now unless for some reason the 1972 EPA rules reference by the California law require DOT compliance as well. If it's just meeting an EPA smog requirement, I could imagine that it wouldn't be too hard to go the route you went with your '74 Tii.
  2. What a nightmare, but you did get it registered in the end. Hot pokers, lol.
  3. The internet never lies. A lot of things would probably be cheaper and easier! This might be the best bet. Or bring here, try to register it, then do this as a Plan B. Any volunteers out there? I'm not sure my patience or pockets are deep enough for all of that... but damnit if it's not a nice car. Ahhh, 02princessLisa you're lucky you found a car with the right build date! Now that I've seen this Touring, I have no interest in another model '02. Ha!
  4. If I figure this out I'll be sure to share how I did it. And thanks, I'd sure like to see me bring that beautiful car to California as well! Just thought I'd put this here... IMG_9159.MOV
  5. Yeah, I think you're right about speaking to others who have done this. I have heard form another forumer who imported a '75 2002 in 2010 with no problems, but he must have slid "under the radar" because he seemed to not know about this special law for 1968-74. Actually, now after writing that his car may fall into a pretty unique category for 1975 model year cars, exempt from smog requirements, exempt from DOT & EPA requirements, AND exempt from the 1968-1974 rule... lucky guy! I sure hope you don't have to smog your two 2002s anymore! I'm guessing that was before the smog requirements moved up to 1976? Thanks for the input!
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  7. Hi All, Anyone out there with any experience importing a non-US 2002 to California? I'm looking to import a '73 2000 Touring from Germany, and I can't seem to sort out the process for importing vehicles made between 1968-1974. Per the California Air Resources Board's website, 1968-1974 cars are required to meet EPA standards in place in 1972... Of course 1975 and older cars don't require smog and are exempt from EPA (or DOT) requirements under the 25 year rule, but this additional rule seems to indicate expensive lab testing. Does anyone have any experience with this? Any advice or info you could share would be much appreciated! Some reference info: From the California Air Resources Board website: "1968 model year to 1974 model year vehicles: California does not recommend the purchase or importation of these years of NON-USA vehicles, even if currently registered in another state. These vehicles require compliance with USEPA requirements in effect on the specific date of 11/15/1972. This provision when written, was considered by the California legislature as a gradual phase-out of very dirty "non-collectable" types of imports, as this specific requirement was understood to become increasingly difficult to meet. Today, this requirement, while not impossible to meet, would require testing expenses and modifications that far exceed most vehicles value and would make little sense from a collectors standpoint to attempt. Some limited exemptions apply to individuals moving to California with vehicles of these years registered in their home state for at least a year before moving to California. Contact us for more information." Here's a link to this text: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/frequently-asked-questions?keywords=&page=1#search_anchor And another link for reference: https://www.importavehicle.com/california-buyer Here's the car:
  8. Hey Martin, When did you import your '75 Tii and how did you get around California's issue with importing '68-'74 cars? I'm looking to import a '73 Touring from Germany and am up against this issue, here's the text from the California Air Resources Board website: "968 model year to 1974 model year vehicles: California does not recommend the purchase or importation of these years of NON-USA vehicles, even if currently registered in another state. These vehicles require compliance with USEPA requirements in effect on the specific date of 11/15/1972. This provision when written, was considered by the California legislature as a gradual phase-out of very dirty "non-collectable" types of imports, as this specific requirement was understood to become increasingly difficult to meet. Today, this requirement, while not impossible to meet, would require testing expenses and modifications that far exceed most vehicles value and would make little sense from a collectors standpoint to attempt. Some limited exemptions apply to individuals moving to California with vehicles of these years registered in their home state for at least a year before moving to California. Contact us for more information." Here's a link to this text: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/frequently-asked-questions?keywords=&page=1#search_anchor And another link for reference: https://www.importavehicle.com/california-buyer
  9. Hey Norm, Not sure if you'll see replies but did you have any success fighting the post 1967 car issue? I'm looking to import a 73 2000 Touring from Germany to California and despite not requiring smog and being exempt with the EPA 25 year rule, California seems to prohibit importing cars of model years 1968-1974... Does anyone else have any experience importing 2002s to California?
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