I communicated with Renntech about this car, and it's def not CARB compliant as originally designed. In theory you could change out the cats as @gsxr suggested. That being said, I'm super wary of CA registration issues as they're really strict so I sadly had to pass on this one.
@ronsusser Thanks for your reply. As an FYI to others who may be new to this model, low miles or babying the car has no relation to whether or not the harness will need to be replaced.
Short answer is, they all need to be replaced as the wire sheathing is soy and biodegradable. Mine looked fine from the outside (54K miles) and when it was pulled you could see how it was falling apart inside the harness even though it wasn't causing issues yet.
It's getting harder and harder to find used ones, and in particular the specific ones for this engine. They run about $1200-$1500 used for the harness alone! My reco for anyone buying one is get one now even if they engine isn't running poorly yet so you have one handy. Once it's done, you're good and these are truly fabulous cars.
As a fellow A124 owner, this one looks good and I love the exterior color. You rarely see anything beyond the silver, black, white and dark blue.
Do you have any info on bio wiring harness being replaced for the Delphi one (they're getting harder to find and also $$$$)? Any work done on the roof hydraulics, or gaskets?
@samb can you share what if any service work has been done on consumables outside of oil change (e.g., brake rotors, pads, fluids, etc.) in the last 6 months or so?
@gsxrThanks, so it's more about the smog test being an issue than the registration. There's always something with California!
Am I correct in assuming that as this was originally a US market car, there would be no issues with registering in CA, it has the CARB sticker, etc.?
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