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What P80s are actually exempt from emissions testing?

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What P80s are actually exempt from emissions testing?

Post by SonicAdventure » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:48 pm

I have a 98 non turbo V70. Build date is 5/97. When I called the local Volvo dealer they said that my VIN made my car exempt from emission testing in Pennsylvania. They also said some 97 850s and some 98 V70s all fall into this bracket.

I sometimes have a check engine light for small eVap leak, but last year my mechanic got this through no problem. This year the CEL wasn't on prior to inspection, but I'm sure if he scanned it it would show old codes or pending codes.

The real reason I'm asked g is because I want to buy another Volvo but I want either a 97 or 98 if they truly are exempt from CEL related emission test failures. Yes, lol I'm looking for a loophole. I hate check engine lights and I want to do whatever I can to avoid failing based on a CEL. Thanks.

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Re: What P80s are actually exempt from emissions testing?

Post by jimmy57 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:32 pm

They will not pass with CEL on and may still be checked for emissions readiness but will pass with more indicators not in full ready mode.

The Bosch engine management system had too tight parameters for some of the readiness indicators and would only complete those to full readiness state by a VERY strict test drive followed to the letter. A person leaving a/c compressor on full time (as is the best plan for cleared windows and more alert driver) would never pass it as the stringent drive routine required some operation at drive and idle with no a/c compressor.
Volvo and another carmaker got exemptions. Sort of the opposite of the VW deal. These ECM's didn't have defeat devices they had hard-assed enforcement software.

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Re: What P80s are actually exempt from emissions testing?

Post by 850 LPT » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:09 am

As far as I know this varies by state. Your dealer is most likely right because they encounter this with a lot of costumers coming in for emission testing. You may just want to confirm and call your local DMV.

Here where I live all 97' and 98's are exempt from emission testing for quite a few years now. The last time I passed my XC with 5 monitors not showing ready mode. If I have a CEL on I could simply clear all codes, drive down to the testing station, and pass.
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Re: What P80s are actually exempt from emissions testing?

Post by galexie64 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:30 am

It varies by state. In Colorado, it varies by county. We don't have any emissions testing on passenger cars at all, even brand new ones.
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Re: What P80s are actually exempt from emissions testing?

Post by abscate » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:18 am

It varies by county in NY as well.
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Re: What P80s are actually exempt from emissions testing?

Post by 1998v70xcbill » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:06 pm

It's all very Federal/ California. Key words: appendix J, testability smog check, EIS, ignores, monitor readiness.

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Re: What P80s are actually exempt from emissions testing?

Post by JRL » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:53 pm

If you're in one of the 6 counties that require emissions you are NOT exempt but you can have three (3) "not ready (s)" and still pass
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Re: What P80s are actually exempt from emissions testing?

Post by crlande » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:16 am

Here is old list of OBD readiness issues from the EPA. Lists brand/ model/year. https://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo26271/420b12044.pdf

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