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    California SMOG Certificate (STAR Station)

    I recently learned the hard way that if you receive a car registration renewal in California that requires a smog certificate one need to pay attention to the type of station that can perform this work. To protect consumers, the state of California has both repair stations and non-repair stations (STAR) for issuing smog certificates. I took my car to my local BMW dealership, but it was unable to perform the smog check because I needed to use a STAR station. The thought process is if you need a smog certificate a repair station may start to change for unnecessary work. As a result there are these STAR smog certificate stations.

    In the end with a recommendation from the dealership, I went to a STAR smog certificate station and the Z8 easily passed. I also had the opportunity to drive the car around a little bit more than planned but that worked out well too on a warm Fall day.
    My Best,

    Ed

    2002 Z8 Jet Black//Sport Red
    2012 SLS AMG Obsidian Black/Classic Red

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    You had to have your Z8 "tested"? The last two times (4 years), I've only had to have my Z8 "inspected." As I understand it, cars 2000 and newer no longer need to be tested in Cali. They inspect to make sure all emissions equipment is intact.
    C.A. Cardenas (AKA Dan)
    2003 (last one?) Z8 - Hellrot / Sport Rot
    Original Owner - Munich Tourist Delivery
    -- Others --
    1988 M6 - 32K mi. - Original Owner
    1989 DINAN 750iL - 73K mi. - Original Owner
    1998 M3 - 63K mi. - Original Owner
    2015 X5 (F15) Diesel - Daily Driver

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    Quote Originally Posted by ///M Blitz View Post
    You had to have your Z8 "tested"? The last two times (4 years), I've only had to have my Z8 "inspected." As I understand it, cars 2000 and newer no longer need to be tested in Cali. They inspect to make sure all emissions equipment is intact.
    i didn't watch the entire 15 minute process but the report indicates that the emission systems were visually checked and the obd reviewed for tripped error codes.
    My Best,

    Ed

    2002 Z8 Jet Black//Sport Red
    2012 SLS AMG Obsidian Black/Classic Red

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    Ok, that makes sense.
    C.A. Cardenas (AKA Dan)
    2003 (last one?) Z8 - Hellrot / Sport Rot
    Original Owner - Munich Tourist Delivery
    -- Others --
    1988 M6 - 32K mi. - Original Owner
    1989 DINAN 750iL - 73K mi. - Original Owner
    1998 M3 - 63K mi. - Original Owner
    2015 X5 (F15) Diesel - Daily Driver

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