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post #1 of 22 Old 25th June 2014, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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How to Sell a Car without CA Smog Certification

I have a 2000 E39 M5 with many Dinan parts that drives great but I am stuck with the SAIS/Carbon Build Up Issue. I have searched the forum and found many threads going way back on this. However they all seem to lead to the same conclusion; you are stuck unless you want to pay $8,000+ to get it cleaned.

I love this car and would like to keep driving it but with the other cars I also love (1997 993 and a 2009 Maserati QP) I can’t justify putting that much money into a 14 year old car. (Although the lack of credible executive sedans with manual transmissions is giving me second thoughts).

So now I am thinking I need to sell it as-is and hope that someone wants to invest in fixing it and/or harvest pats. Has anyone had experience buying or selling a car under these conditions? Not sure how to price it as well. Car is solid overall and has Dinan wheels, air system, exhaust, chip, F &R tower braces Dinan suspension, and under 60K miles. IS Ba T an option? Where might I post it on this Board, others?

This is depressing because if it was running I think I could get my wife to let me keep it but she would flip if she saw that kind of repair bill. Thanks for any thoughts.
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post #2 of 22 Old 25th June 2014, 03:43 AM
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Call Evolve Automotive and have them code it out for ~200 (or whatever it is these days)

Problem solved.
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Carbon build up issues can be "ignored" with some simple coding available through Evolve, Jailbreak, or any other reputable company/tuner. It can even be deleted on your own with a little bit of software.

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Wow

Who knew it might be that easy. Sorry if I missed this in searching. Will this typ of S/W provide the error free, "not ready free" state that I will need for California emissions testing?

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Evolve and JB will make the readiness monitors set to ready.

With a MY 2000 car, you can have 2 monitors set to 'not ready' and still pass, as long as your SES isn't on. That's a Federal standard.
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Definitely ways around it. Have to love CA regulations! If those solutions above do not work out feel free to PM me for info.
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If you're looking to sell I have a friend looking. Send me stats to pablo@pma-architect.com. He might even buy it without you needing to smog it for him (for the right price).
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$200?!?! 2 years ago when I got my M5 it was $1000 for their performance software with the option to add the Secondary Air System code-out. If you can buy just that feature, that would be awesome!

Looking at the threads on the M3forum about ECU coding, it's really not rocket science, but you do have to have the equipment to do it.
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$200?!?! 2 years ago when I got my M5 it was $1000 for their performance software with the option to add the Secondary Air System code-out. If you can buy just that feature, that would be awesome!

Looking at the threads on the M3forum about ECU coding, it's really not rocket science, but you do have to have the equipment to do it.

The times, they are a changin'

True story though.
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