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      04-03-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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Stupid question but I'll ask anyway...

My car still has 1 year left on it's CPO warranty and then an additional 2 years after that on a powertrain 3rd party warranty. Will adding stuff like catless downpipes, etc, void my CPO/3rd party warranties? Or this only applies to the original 50,000 miles warranty from BMW which has already expired?
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I would ask them what all they cover to be honest
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Yea, I think that would be best and my feeling is that it would void the warranties. Also, going catless I think will prevent me from passing a State Inspection too. I think I will stick to cosmetic mods for now.
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Yea, I think that would be best and my feeling is that it would void the warranties. Also, going catless I think will prevent me from passing a State Inspection too. I think I will stick to cosmetic mods for now.
Depends on where you are in VA, I think. Emissions testing is only in NOVA.

http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Safety.shtm - they look for leaks in the "safety" inspection but nothing about the cats being there
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Mods can void your warranties. If you've already bought some catless dp's and need to get rid of them, I'm in the market
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anytime there are mods, that give dealer/3rd party warranty any excuese not to cover your car, but like other said, ask first, and even so, get it in writing if you could, just to protect yourself from future issues, they can say anything they want, but at the end, its what written down officially (on the contract or any extensions) that count.
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Depends on where you are in VA, I think. Emissions testing is only in NOVA.

http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Safety.shtm - they look for leaks in the "safety" inspection but nothing about the cats being there
17. – INSPECT AIR POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEM (1973 and Subsequent Models) FOR:

Installation.
Operation.
(NOTE: This includes the catalytic converter and the fuel tank filler pipe.)

Seems like they look for catalytic converters being installed and operational. I will double check with an inspection site locally but it seems like catalytic converters are mandatory in VA.
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17. INSPECT AIR POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEM (1973 and Subsequent Models) FOR:

Installation.
Operation.
(NOTE: This includes the catalytic converter and the fuel tank filler pipe.)

Seems like they look for catalytic converters being installed and operational. I will double check with an inspection site locally but it seems like catalytic converters are mandatory in VA.
If you want to take a trip out to the country, I know a place that is pretty lenient on State inspections. The county it is located in has no emissions inspection requirement, so they'd not really notice the cats are missing. I had a jeep for a long time that the cat broke up internally. I just put a straight pipe in its place and never had an issue with inspections.

PM me if you want info.
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17. – INSPECT AIR POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEM (1973 and Subsequent Models) FOR:

Installation.
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(NOTE: This includes the catalytic converter and the fuel tank filler pipe.)

Seems like they look for catalytic converters being installed and operational. I will double check with an inspection site locally but it seems like catalytic converters are mandatory in VA.
I thought that was dependent on the county. Guess not. Definitely let me know what you find.
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