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Old November 28th, 2015, 19:57   #1
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Has anyone experienced problems renewing registration on their TDI in California? I have two vehicles, a month apart in registration. My Saab shows as able to pay renewals online, even though they want me to smog it again. My TDI shows as "status changed." The only thing I could think of is related to the recall. Just wondering if anyone else encountered these problems. 2 weeks ago, it would have let me pay for renewal fees, and I don't know why I didn't do it then.
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Old November 28th, 2015, 20:49   #2
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Did you get the 23O6 update? Supposedly you need that in order to register or they will not allow you to register. I had the 23O6 update and breezed thru CA smog/registration in October. I was kinda wishing I tried to pass smog without the update, just to see if they would block my registration or not.
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Old November 28th, 2015, 21:03   #3
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I did not get it, because I already have a tune on my ECU. Now I'm wondering if that's why it won't let me register. I remember seeing a notice from VWoA and it stated that the update could not be applied if the ECU was tuned, not that they'd really have any way of checking.
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Old November 29th, 2015, 06:54   #4
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I did not get it, because I already have a tune on my ECU. Now I'm wondering if that's why it won't let me register. I remember seeing a notice from VWoA and it stated that the update could not be applied if the ECU was tuned, not that they'd really have any way of checking.

Yes, they electronically check. There is a national database of manufacturer recalls that is updated when the recall is performed. No emissions recall, no registration.

You'll probably need to go stock, get the recall, get the registration, and then decide to retune. You'll go through this again for the diesel gate recall.

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1...k/ch10/ch10_14


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NHTSA runs the database.

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Old November 29th, 2015, 10:27   #6
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Lovely. And here I didn't even know the CA DMV had such a stipulation. Fortunately for me, I primarily use the car in another state (TX), so I wonder how much of a PITA it is to get it transferred through VW Credit as titled in another state.
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Old November 29th, 2015, 12:32   #7
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I think you would need to provide proof of residency in Texas in order to register it in another state.
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Old November 29th, 2015, 15:41   #8
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I think you would need to provide proof of residency in Texas in order to register it in another state.
And these days, before someone plays the residency game, it's good to remember we're in the computer age, and these guys talk to one another. A residency dodge will be a poor economy if some state's department of revenue sends a big bill for back taxes plus penalties in 5 years....
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Lovely. And here I didn't even know the CA DMV had such a stipulation.
Really? I checked the letter I got, back in January, for the recall. It says very clearly, on the reverse side, that you will not be able to register the vehicle if the recall has not been done.

So by my reckoning, you have had 10-11 months notice of this issue.
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Really? I checked the letter I got, back in January, for the recall. It says very clearly, on the reverse side, that you will not be able to register the vehicle if the recall has not been done.

So by my reckoning, you have had 10-11 months notice of this issue.

They just went public 2.5 months ago with it.

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Old November 30th, 2015, 15:31   #12
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There was an actual recall, back in January. we now understand that it was a partial attempt to improve the emissions detected by the WV folks.

there has not yet been any recall associated with the 18 sept notification
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Old December 1st, 2015, 06:29   #13
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I think you would need to provide proof of residency in Texas in order to register it in another state.
Already done, and registration today was a breeze. Easiest vehicle registration transaction ever. I guess it also helped that there was one person in the office, no line, and this town only has 550 people.
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Really? I checked the letter I got, back in January, for the recall. It says very clearly, on the reverse side, that you will not be able to register the vehicle if the recall has not been done.

So by my reckoning, you have had 10-11 months notice of this issue.
Not sure where I missed seeing that, but it's registered in Texas now, so I don't need to worry about that. Makes me happy, because a DPF delete is next.

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And these days, before someone plays the residency game, it's good to remember we're in the computer age, and these guys talk to one another. A residency dodge will be a poor economy if some state's department of revenue sends a big bill for back taxes plus penalties in 5 years....
Not sure how it would be a residency dodge if I actually reside and work in two states. And honestly, CARB regulations are a joke anyways. I still don't understand why I used to have to get my TDI smogged every two years, when I'm shelling out 50 bucks to verify the CEL wasn't on; no tailpipe emissions were EVER checked.

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As long as your insurance and registration are at the same address, they will assume you are a part time residence. CA is the one that might pay attention to out of state tags that are around too much. I am all for keeping your emissions as low as you can, but it is all about money when you are talking about emissions testing. I don't address a check engine light because I live in a testing area.....I address the light because I want to keep my car in good shape!!!

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