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1999 Subaru Legacy Outback Relocating to California

Hello. I have a '99 Subaru Legacy Outback and I will be making the trek from Michigan to the San Francisco Bay area in a couple months for relocation. Since MI doesn't have stringent emissions standards I want to make sure I'm ready to go when I arrive in CA. I have to replace the catalytic convertor as it is, since the flanges holding it in place have rusted away. I'm wondering if there is anything I need to alert my mechanic to (parts, sensors etc.) when they do the repairs so that I'm sure to pass the smog and any other emissions tests. I'd rather repairs be done by the mechanic I know and trust, and quite frankly pay a lower sales tax! Thanks for any help.


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 your 1999 Subaru Legacy) which has all the Federal required emission components, can pass the California smog inspection process and be legally registered in this state.

Now if you want to make sure your Subaru Legacy's emissions will pass California emission cutscores, we recommend obtaining an emissions test in your State before moving to California and checking those scores with California's Emission Limits. The emissions which will be tested are HC, CO, and NO.

The website you want to access in order to find out your Subaru Legacy Outback's current California emission cut scores is below:

California Emission Cut Scores

posted by SmogTips Support 05-28-2013 11:19 AM

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