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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Beemie Beemie is offline
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Are all E60/61s 50-state emissions compliant?

Hi all,
I'm in the process of searching for an E61 (still debating 535 vs 530) but because there aren't too many wagons and I'm being picky about options, I'm broadening my search to consider cars across the country. However, I live in CA, and despite my research I've been unable to get a definitive answer as to whether all E61s, 2007-2010, are California emissions compliant.
I would appreciate your collective wisdom on this question!

A MN BMW service tech told me that BMW still does make 49-state only vehicles, but he couldn't tell me how I could check for this, or whether some E61s might only be 49-state cars. I've asked my longtime indy shop how to tell, and they weren't sure. I see comments on the board that nowadays, all BMWs are 50-date compliant, but I'd like to know what documentation to look for. I don't see any designation on basic VIN-decoder build sheets for CA-specific emissions equipment.

Could anyone tell me definitively how I can confirm that an E61 (not originally bought/sold in CA) is CA-compliant? Is there a sticker I should look for? (The DMV provides an example of a sticker Toyota apparently uses).

Relatedly, for those 535s that have had HPFPs replaced already (it seems most have), is there additional CA-emissions documentation I should request? I see here that CA folks must affix an orange sticker demonstrating that an emissions-related recall was performed, but I'm not sure if non-CA owners would receive this or affix it.

Lastly, does anyone have any personal experience buying a non-CA car while living in California? (Rules are different if you bring a non-CA car with you when you move here, so that doesn't apply to me). I've bought cars remotely, but they've all happened to be CA cars.

Thanks for your insights!
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