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Re: Help, No check engine light - no smog cert. (archive)

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Posted by Barry Robinson on December 04, 2001 at 13:16:56:

In Reply to: Help, No check engine light - no smog cert. posted by JPL on December 04, 2001 at 08:56:29:

I'm trying to pass smog in California and they won't believe me when I tell them the e30 m3 has no check engine light (MIL - malfunction indicator light). The guy even suggested that it ws a re-stickered gray market car. Geez. Two years ago I talked the last smog place into ignoring the missing light as my emissions were ridiculously low. Now I have to go the Test Only station. The books they have indicate all e30's have the check engine light and make no differentiation for the m3. How do you other California m3 owners get past this? Thanks in advance.

90 m3
black and tan

Just because the 325i (and 88 325) has a check engine light doesn't mean that all E30's have them. It's an error in their software. I went through the same hassle and was finally able to convince them of the truth. However, I think the sticker on the driver's side fender in the engine compartment has a reference to the check engine light exemption.

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