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2005 VW Passat TDI...will it pass emissions test

I am buying a 2005 VW Passat GLS TDI from has an emissions sticker that says it is OBDII Certified and meets EPA Regulations 2005 for a Non Tier 2 Light Duty....are those standards generally sufficient to pass the California emissions test? I don't want to buy it and drive it out to find out that it will fail (of course I know any number of issues may arise that would fail it...but in general would it meet standards).  Thank you


It's true, there is a difference with California legal and Federal legal emission requirements. And, for the most part California is stricter. However, a USED vehicle (such as this 2005 VW Passat) which has all the Federal required emission components, can pass the California smog inspection process and be legally registered in this state.

It is true that California cars have different, and in some cases more, emission components then Federal cars, but this does not mean that these cars can't be registered in California. So long as the vehicle runs well, has no emission system tampers, and it passes the smog test (emissions results are below California's Emissions Cutscores) it can be registered in California. The Emission Cut Scores are not much different then of those in other states. As mentioned, if the car is running right it should pass the smog check.

posted by SmogTips Support 11-12-2012 03:21 PM

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