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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Jan-27-2009, 01:14:00 AM   #1
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Hey,

I have a friend in Germany who has a 95 Euro M3. I was going to buy the car from him and ship it to California. The one thing I'm concerned about is emissions.

What do I need to do for the car to pass Smog check in California?

Would the car pass EPA's standards for entering the country?

Has anyone experienced with this before? Please let me know.
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Good luck...post some pics!
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chop some vins, and go to a "special" smog

lol

i mean... it's an e36 they aren't really going to check
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Hey,

I have a friend in Germany who has a 95 Euro M3. I was going to buy the car from him and ship it to California. The one thing I'm concerned about is emissions.

What do I need to do for the car to pass Smog check in California?

Would the car pass EPA's standards for entering the country?

Has anyone experienced with this before? Please let me know.
I dont think this is possible bud....iirc, u can not register it here and if u get it here under the radar and they catch u they either order u to send it back orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr they crush it (literally, and literally I mean literally n/j)

The reason it is not possible is because under the law, you can only ship a vehicle here IFFFF the same model was not offered here and technically it was but just in its lil brothers form.




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Old Tue, Jan-27-2009, 02:11:23 AM   #5
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Or you could purchase a US e36 chassis and swap over all the parts...
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chop some vins, and go to a "special" smog

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i mean... it's an e36 they aren't really going to check
^ and move to a state where it's called a B-M-dub ya..
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Can't do it. It might be possible to bring in a '93-94 but that is the latest. Can you wait a year or two?
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this is on my agenda too.......i'm possibly thinking about getting a 95 M3 GT or get a euro spec from canada
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^^^I would love to buy a Canadian edition Euro. A few of them have been crashed and there were only 45 to start with, so I'd imagine they would command a premium. Still, it would be the easiest way to have a Euro (even easier than swapping)
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meh, I heard the shifters in the euro's get wayyyyyy to hot..dont do it OP!!
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