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Old 10-22-2015, 07:15 AM   #57
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SHUT UP!!! Yea, YOU...Mjgman & 73shark. SHUT UP!!!!

Sorry my friend since the summers are hot and humid the least the state can do is have cheap registration .. I sure don't miss having to get a smog check, especially when I had a 1970 mg with no smog gear that certainly was a chore every year..
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:49 AM   #58
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[/QUOTE]Sorry my friend since the summers are hot and humid the least the state can do is have cheap registration .. I sure don't miss having to get a smog check, especially when I had a 1970 mg with no smog gear that certainly was a chore every year..[/QUOTE]

Yea, I guess. We do have low humidity, hardly any mosquitos, good surfing and great skiing. Someone's gotta pay for that! May as well be AI owners ($699 registration)!
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:46 PM   #59
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I do miss that about California.. I could surf in the morning then head up to Snow Summit for a couple of runs in the afternoon and still make it home for dinner..
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I do miss that about California.. I could surf in the morning then head up to Snow Summit for a couple of runs in the afternoon and still make it home for dinner..
Yea, see, that's why it's hard to leave.
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:52 PM   #61
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Hello Weirdstuff
smog check if you need, you can ask Volkswagen, in that they are professiona l
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:20 PM   #62
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smog check if you need, you can ask Volkswagen, in that they are professiona l
haha!!! I'm sure they could help me out!!!
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:35 AM   #63
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Update:

On Friday, I spent a while at DMV to pay $50 for an extension on my registration. That got me a 60 day extension while I work out this smog b.s.

I submitted the requested paperwork via email to the Smog Ref. Paperwork included invoice from Mercedes which detailed the tests and checks they did on my AI, which showed that all systems are working per Mercedes specifications.

Yesterday the Smog Ref calls. They will not give me an appointment until Mercedes runs more tests. They require Mercedes dealer to run drive cycle tests, and to contact manufacturer to see if there's anything else they can do, and to check for any recalls/service bulletins. Then the dealer must document these things and send me the paperwork, which I will then submit to the Smog Ref to try to get an appointment.



EDIT: Just got email from dealer. They said there's nothing they can do...that we have already taken vehicle through drive cycle by actually driving it, that there are no service bulletins on the vehicle, and that contacting the manufacturer will take at least a week and they'll probably just tell us to drive it more. insert EXPLETIVE here!!
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:31 AM   #64
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Sounds like you are stuck between two rocks; DMV and dealer. I'm surprise the dealer hasn't had this issue with other customers. Can you request the dealer to contact the Mercedes factory representative so you can have a face to face meeting? If their vehicles can't complete smog tests can a lemon law be invoked?

You can always go rogue and drive it unregistered or will you end up in Folsom?

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Old 11-04-2015, 11:45 AM   #65
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Thanks for the update.

Sounds like its time for another pollute-gate cruise around beautiful San Diego.

And now that you have a 60-day extension, you might try to do the Mercedes Drive Cycle reset yourself (a couple of times if needed)...

Or check out how other Sprinter owners managed to reset their monitors and pass the smog test!

Good luck!
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Sounds like you are stuck between two rocks; DMV and dealer. I'm surprise the dealer hasn't had this issue with other customers. Can you request the dealer to contact the Mercedes factory representative so you can have a face to face meeting? If their vehicles can't complete smog tests can a lemon law be invoked?

You can always go rogue and drive it unregistered or will you end up in Folsom?

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The dealer has had other customers with the same problem. But, they claim that the others have been told to drive 200 miles, and that none of them have come back to complain that that didn't work.

I'm gonna look up the lemon law. Not sure what the criteria for that is.

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Thanks for the update.

Sounds like its time for another pollute-gate cruise around beautiful San Diego.

And now that you have a 60-day extension, you might try to do the Mercedes Drive Cycle reset yourself (a couple of times if needed)...

Or check out how other Sprinter owners managed to reset their monitors and pass the smog test!

Good luck!
We are NOT gonna do another Pollute-Gate cruise!!

Thanks for that link. I've read through that before. Seems that a lot of those peeps have purchased and installed something called a GDE, or a a GDE tune. I don't really understand it, but I thought some of those people said that it's not legal to do in California. Confusing.
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:17 PM   #67
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B.S. I would just contact a lemon law attorney.

PM if you want the name of a good one a friend used a couple years ago.
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B.S. I would just contact a lemon law attorney.

PM if you want the name of a good one a friend used a couple years ago.
I just looked up Lemon Law. Seems that only applies in the first 18 months and 18,000 miles of purchasing a new vehicle.

Ron, pm-ing you. It's worth calling your source.
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Maybe it won't apply for lemon but maybe it will since it can't pass smog. Maybe it never did when new. Think about it. I can't imagine that MB would want bad publicity over this.
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Maybe it won't apply for lemon but maybe it will since it can't pass smog. Maybe it never did when new. Think about it. I can't imagine that MB would want bad publicity over this.
Especially not after the Volkswagen debacle.
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