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V-10 California fizzle

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I live in S.Cal and went into the Valenica VW dealer today, all excited to test drive a V-10 - just for the hell of it. (i'm waiting until Sept for the new V-6's before I make up my mind between the 6 or the 8 ).

You can imagine my shock to find out that because of cal smog rules, v-10 TDI's are not legal in CA. In fact, the dealer had no plans to get one - period.

Is that correct? I'm all for strict smog controls - it's one of the reasons the air in ca is a lot cleaner than it used to be - but there are lots of old rabbit and Mercedes diesels on the road here belching smoke and soot like chimneys.

So what gives?

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V10 TDI import from another state to California???

Is it possible to buy a Touareg V10 TDI in another state and bring it over to California??? Won't California disallow this? Has anybody done this in California? I like the V8...probably going to wait for the 05 model....but if I could get a 2004 V10 ....that would be better!!!


7500 miles??? Is there actually a rule that says 7500 miles = used??? I guess I could bring the V10 into CA and drive it while registered out-of-state, unregistered in CA till I reach 7500...then register it in CA......BUT aren't out of state cars supposed to be registered in CA within 30 days of entry regardless of any business or other reason?

How did you handle the registration issue? Did you actually drive it in CA for 7500 miles before registering it?


I read the website for CA DMV. Although it was informative.....I could use some ideas. DO you have any as far as how I might bring a V10 into CA? How did you do it?

I have seen a few V10s available in other states....but I am at a loss as to how I get get around the rules. They are miles.


If you would like to email me with more specifics.....
[email protected]

I have an idea on how to get that V10 into CA...I'd like to run it by you to see what you involves family, moving and out of state property......Can you email me at [email protected], and I'll reply with my 'plan'. Just want your opinion...


I've got a 2004 V10 on hold for a few days while I work out the California logistics :writers_block: . It has a VIN ending in 086290.....does that mean it is from the latest batch or at least has the latest bug fixes...hardware mechanics & software???

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