I am currently in process of importing my Alpina B5 from Russia to US. The car is now in transit and should arrive to Baltimore in about 2 weeks. I am working with Baltimore based ICI company JK Technologies, they were mentioned here on the forum on previous threads and are registered importers. There were some points in the contract I wanted to ask about. It's all about technical part of the car's conversion process and I thought that somebody here could advise me.
JK told me that for some reason catalytic converters on my car could be in bad condition and they are really costly. Can anybody tell me how bad catalytic converters may be and what are the reasons for that? I was driving this car in Russia for about 3 years fueling it mostly with good quality 95 or 98 octane fuel. I suppose it's equivalent to 93 or 95 US octane fuel. The milage is 78k miles. Also they mentioned that this car probably does not have an OBD II system. Does anybody know if BMW's 5 (e60) have this system or not? I searched in the web and couldn't find any good explanation or answer for this question.
I read a thread on this forum about successfully imported Alpina B12. What is the difference in conversion and testing process between these cars and what was done to the B12 to bring it in compliance with DOT and EPA rules? Also previous generation Alpina B7 were sold here in US so wouldn't that help with EPA testing as engine and exhaust parts are identical.
Thanks everyone who read this post!