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#1 of 35 Hybrids: Exempt from smog tests?
Jul 01, 2004 (11:18 am)
Should hybrids be exempt from smog tests (and the fee associated with them)?
#2 of 35 Prius exempt from smog checks in Ca
Jun 30, 2004 (4:31 pm)
Just heard on the 5 o'clock news that the Honda EV, Honda Civic hybrid and the TOYOTA PRIUS will be EXEMPT from bi-annual smog (tailpipe emission) checks in California. Go Prius!
Congrats to all Prius owners in California.
mfullmer - Grew up in El Sobrante, still in Contra Costa County.
#3 of 35 Re: Prius exempt from smog checks in Ca [rpgolfer #3485]
Jun 30, 2004 (6:18 pm)
That's non-trivial. Aside from the hassle, the smog check runs to over $40 (assuming no repairs are required - then it can run a lot higher.)
First post to this board - I ordered my Prius in April, it's due in August (maybe September), and the dealer says that when I get mine, it may be an '05. Should I expect any particular differences from the '04?
#4 of 35 Re: Prius exempt from smog checks in Ca [jprice #3487]
Jun 30, 2004 (6:41 pm)
In CA there is a movement afoot to do a dyno smog test. In addition to the effort to also have STATE dyno smog testing facilities. They will be keeping the old stationary smog tests due to the fact that 4 wheel drives are not made for two wheel dynos! Due to the much higher investments, the new dyno test (done by vendors) will probably cost 100 dollars per test. Not wanting to pass up a revenue opportunity if the state facilities are so equiped they will probably also charge app the same.
On the other hand, the new governator is trying to increase the fees you pay per year so you don't have to get a smog test for the first six years(?) (TBD obviously). Since the Prius and the TDI are both exempt from either smog tests, you should probably let your representatives know that you do not favor higher fees!
#10 of 35 Re: Prius exempt from smog checks in Ca [rpgolfer #3485]
Jul 01, 2004 (9:36 am)
El Sobrante - Cool. I grew up in Orinda and now live in Atlanta.