Re: California smog on diesel?
No such thing as a clear, definitive answer from DMV, but this is from their website:
"Upon initial registration, nonresident, diesel powered vehicles manufactured in 1998 or after with a (GVWR) rating of no more than 14,000 lbs, and specially constructed vehicles 1976 and newer require smog certification. The six or less model years old rule does not apply to these vehicles. "
-- along with this --
"Smog inspections are required unless your vehicle is:
Diesel powered manufactured prior to 1998 or with a Gross Vehicle Weight rating (GVWR) of more than 14,000 lbs ..."
So, at least how I interpret this is that pretty much all non-commercial diesels manufactured after 1998 need to be smog tested.
This brought to you by CARB, the same agency that will require that low-e glass be installed on all cars beginning in 2012, so you use your AC less. Oh, and the same agency that wanted to ban black cars because they felt you would use your AC more in a black car. So I pay more taxes so this agency can increase the cost of a new vehicle.
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.