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California vs. other states emission equipment?

Old 11-01-2008, 03:13 PM
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New to the forums. Looked at a number of old threads and didn't see a specific response to this issue.

I'm shopping for a 2004 to 2007 Mustang V6. Can anyone indicate exactly what additional emissions equipment would be found on a Mustang originally sold in California, as opposed to a car that was originally sold in a state like Texas?

Does the extra CA emissions equipment mean that there are more parts, filters, etc to have serviced or replaced at some point in the future? Given that I won't be moving to CA, would I be better off to avoid Mustangs with the CA emissions crap, or is there not extra equipment that would require service or replacement in the future? Is there also a performance hit with the CA emissions equipment?



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Old 11-01-2008, 07:00 PM
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As far as i know, A Mustang sold in the US with no mods should be fine as long as you dont have a check engine light on or anything. it has to pass a smog test wich it should with the above conditions
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:06 PM
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actually, i believe there are a few things which other states dont put on their cars since their emission laws arent as strict. you could buy a mustang from another state, but you would have no insurance that it would pass the first time.
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:35 PM
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I live in TX and I'm not moving to CA. I'm shopping for a 2004-2007 Mustang V6, and I just wanted to know if I would be better off avoiding cars that were originally built with the California emissions equipment, or if the extra emissions equipment on CA cars isn't that big of a deal. I've found a few Mustangs built for California and I'm trying to find out exactly what kind of extra emissions equipment is on these cars and if it will be a degradation of performance and a pain in the rear in the future.
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:43 AM
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I might be wrong but I don't think there is a "For California only" car made anymore. I think everybody now gets the same smog equipment no matter what state the car is going to.
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:07 AM
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I have kinda wondered the same thing. My stang was first sold in california, and now I bought it in Illinois.
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