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I have a 328i that was purchased new in Texas and has always been registered here. I have a buyer that lives in Sacramento CA that wants to know if my car is properly equipped for California smog requirements. Can you guys help me? I don't know if there is something special cars in California require that cars in Texas don't...

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You might try asking your dealer or if your vehicle and VIN meet the California air standards.

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Two types of smog. Federal and California. Yours is probably Fed. Under the hood there is a sticker ID ing which one It will say either CA or FED. You can register a FED car in California without modification. I did it as recently as Nov. 2003
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California does have stricter smog laws than other states. And they passed a law that makes them even stricter. My mechanics told me that my 1981 320i will not pass smog in California in 2012. It might barely pass in 2010, later this year.

I don't know who you contact to find out. I've searched the California DMV website for smog requirements and did not find what I was looking for. I also called and was on hold forever and had to hang up and get back to work. Maybe call a BMW dealer in Sacramento, California, and see what information they can give you.

I do know that California's laws are stricter than other states laws. We have very serious smog issues here, especially in the inland valleys.\

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