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VW MKIII-A3/B4 TDIs This is a discussion about MKIII-A3/MkIII Jetta/Golf (<99.5) and B4 Passats (96,97) TDI's. Non TDI related postings will be moved or removed.

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Old January 11th, 2019, 07:22   #1
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Finally got a bite on my craiglsit ad for my B4.
He wants to know why these cars are smog exempt in CA.
Do you guys know why this is?
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Old January 11th, 2019, 07:36   #2
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'98 Is the first year Diesels need a smog check in CA.

I fink maybe that's the first year of OBD-I?
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Old January 11th, 2019, 07:40   #3
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I thought the '97 was OBDII(?)
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Old January 11th, 2019, 10:04   #4
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I also thought it was 96 was OBDD and that 97 was OBDII. I do remember that this is a real grey area in Cali for emissions issues. For some reason I thought there was some inconsistency between what the ECU's report and how Cali checks for readiness.

I also recall someone in Cali who had a 97 running 96 ECU or wiring or some such, and having problems at an emissions station. This thread is out there somewhere but I don't recall who the author was.

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Old January 11th, 2019, 13:43   #5
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Typo on my post but the law is '98.

Maybe some '97 vehicles were OBD-II but the Fed's didn't mandate it until "98???
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Old January 11th, 2019, 15:10   #6
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I’m obviously not in CA, but in NJ ‘96 and earlier is exempt.

The law reads ‘97 and earlier is exempt in CA? I find that surprising, with CARB.

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Old January 11th, 2019, 20:15   #7
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There is no reason, other than "that's what the law says."
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Old January 11th, 2019, 21:46   #8
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All diesel powered vehicles model year 1997 and older are exempt from smog certification in California.
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