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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 08-31-2011, 10:25 PM
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Diesel Smog Check

I just received my license renewal notice and I have to do a smog check on My 2010 35d. Thanks California for encouraging people to invest in new clean technology!!! We don't get to take advantage of the new car exemption California started requiring diesel smog checks last year. I don't think most smog check locations are able to do diesel. Perhaps the safest bet is to take it to the dealer. If anyone has gone through this, I would appreciate any tips. Search turned up nothing. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:12 PM
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Take it to the dealer?!?! What is wrong with people....

I've got a diesel truck (real truck not the X5) and the smog is pretty easy- visual, codes, smoke...since the X5 is AWD they cannot put it on rollers.

Anyway, google works well... the car has a on board diagnostic- so the computer will read that, they will confirm no mods, and look for excessive smoke from the exhaust...pretty much BS to extract $$$
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:19 PM
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Thanks Ard! I'll report back how it goes. I read some place that some smog shops can't/won't do the visual.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:45 AM
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A friend runs a shop. Diesel is easy money. Nothing much to do. They love em.

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Old 09-02-2011, 04:40 PM
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The local shop that I use can do it. I asked when I smog checked another car.

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Old 09-13-2011, 02:17 AM
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I thought all new cars where exempt first 4 years?
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:50 PM
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:03 AM
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Finally took the 35d to a smog shop just up the street from where I live. Since it was my first diesel smog, I was a bit nervous to take it to a "mom and pop" smog shop. Thanks Ard for revealing what's involved. Paid $80 for the guy to turn on the ignition, open the hood, walk around the car and issue the certificate.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:30 AM
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Just got an acura MDX smogged yesterday...$54...246,000 miles. In and out in 10 minutes.

But back OT: It is really shocking they do not have a new diesel exemption on ULEV cars. Corrupt CSers.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:34 PM
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Guys, forgive me for resurrecting a kind of old thread, but now it's my turn to take my yearling (2010 335d) in for the hated smog check...

Been shopping around (I'm a Cali guy) and my BMW Center is wanting almost $120!! for what, a 10 minute check? No "sniffer" involved, engine shroud removals, etc., just a hook up to the OBDII port and a visual, right? OTOH, like some others here, I don't really want to give the expensive vehicle to some 17 year old kid at a Mom and Pop shop... have any of you Cali guys had your check done recently and care to comment on what you paid and/or where you took your car? I'm San Diego area. Thanks in advance...

Seems really unreasonable to require this; on one of the greenest cars out there with brand new motors! Kudos to those of you in the common sense states that don't force you to bring in your clean diesel cars/light trucks. Living in Cali has some good points, but not this unnecessary $100+ "test" on a year old car, with less than 12K miles--

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Old 01-15-2012, 06:12 PM
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Guys, forgive me for resurrecting a kind of old thread, but now it's my turn to take my yearling (2010 335d) in for the hated smog check...

Been shopping around (I'm a Cali guy) and my BMW Center is wanting almost $120!! for what, a 10 minute check? No "sniffer" involved, engine shroud removals, etc., just a hook up to the OBDII port and a visual, right? OTOH, like some others here, I don't really want to give the expensive vehicle to some 17 year old kid at a Mom and Pop shop... have any of you Cali guys had your check done recently and care to comment on what you paid and/or where you took your car? I'm San Diego area. Thanks in advance...

Seems really unreasonable to require this; on one of the greenest cars out there with brand new motors! Kudos to those of you in the common sense states that don't force you to bring in your clean diesel cars/light trucks. Living in Cali has some good points, but not this unnecessary $100+ "test" on a year old car, with less than 12K miles--
Had my sprinter done at johns foreign car miramar/ dowdy
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:20 PM
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Go to any old smog shop, pay the $29 or whatever, stand outside and watch them do it in 7 minutes and be done with it. Don't act like a dick BMW owner with an 'expensive car'...

I take all my cars to one "mom and pop" smog shop- and have for the last 16 years. Anyone guess what the benefits of that are...'mod wise'?
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:10 PM
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:52 PM
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Haha..

In San Diego every other car is a MB or BMW they really don't stand out.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:49 PM
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"Cali guys"??
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:00 AM
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although surprised a 2010 needs a smog, I thought all cars where exempt the first 4 years,
wife's 2006 honda just got its first smog last week.and my 07 sprinter just got its first as well and its diesel .

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Old 01-16-2012, 08:21 AM
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^^ It doesn't "need" it...

But lobbyists were able to eliminate the 4/6 year period that exists for gas motors when the diesel regs got pushed through...

Began in April 2010, every two years...

http://www.bar.ca.gov/80_BARResource...4-09_Final.pdf

http://www.smogtips.com/diesel-smog-test.cfm

If ever one needed a law the demonstrates the blatant rip-off of the public, it is the failure to have a 4 year 'standoff' for this....

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Old 01-16-2012, 09:06 AM
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Hey the state is broke! Its simple, they need more money to cover the sweetheart deals with the special interests that our beloved legislature and equally beloved Gov Moonbeam have cut to get more campaign cash. The increased frequency of smog checks for new cars and diesels are just one way to get more money. Makes absolutely no sense at all, but our progressive politicians here can say its "green" and will "improve the air" so their toadies in our beloved, omnipotent and unaccountable CARB tell DMV to do it.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:55 AM
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Everytime I read one of these threads, I kind of chuckle.

NC exempts diesels from the emissions check. VA has no emissions check, period (except in Northern VA). SC has no emissions or safety check either.

With the new OBD computers, I don't see the point of paying $18 or whatever for some guy to plug the car into a computer, and approve it. Make it easy: Incorporated it into the safety/roadworthiness test- if the SES light is on, fail the car then.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:14 AM
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Make it easy: Incorporated it into the safety/roadworthiness test- if the SES light is on, fail the car then.
You have to do an OBD-II port reading to check and ensure the readiness flags are set, otherwise people could pass the test most of the time by resetting the SES light just before going in for the check.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:28 PM
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Thanks for all the replies; I did find an indy shop that will do it for about a third of what the official "dealer"
wants. Yeah I know every other car here is a European exotic- (I deserved that criticism for sounding too elite)
and not to worry about using a Mom and Pop--- but still, I've had such bad personal experiences with Mom and
Pops over the years (oil plugs not tightened, wrong fluids put in the wrong holes, and once a STRIPPED oilpan thread!!)
that's why I'm a little hesitant giving this car (expensive to me) to the wrong kid...! But I did find an indy that
is definitely trustworthy; thanks again for the interesting/helpful replies. The reason I said "Cali guys" was
due to our state-specific smog regs; that's all.

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Old 01-16-2012, 10:40 PM
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If you need a good place for repairs ..august European in MiraMar , Brian has been there for 30 years, they have all the high dollar equipment just for bmw,
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