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So I just got the rig back from the local dealer where I had submitted to the required biannual inspection.

Rather than a simple California-style "smog check", this is a multi-page laundry list of items that must pass minimum requirements in order to receive a certificate. Since the testing fees, certificate fees, and taxes thereof can run a car owner upwards of US$1,000 it's often cheaper to just junk it and buy a new car -- subsequently you'll see very few "vintage" vehicles on Japanese roads due to the expensive upkeep. (New cars get a three-year inspection window instead of the usual two.)

Ol' #303 came through with flying colors, I'm happy to report, other than the standard maintenance of consumables (oil and filter, coolant, wiper blades, the emergency brake pad). Fees ran to $1,300 but I got back a spotless Escape with a clean bill of health.

Except, of course, for the transmission. Some of you folks might remember my complaints that the transmission will occasionally slip -- with a rather disconcerting grunting noise -- when downshifting from 4th to 3rd gear on ascending grades. I revived this point with the dealer, who agreed that it would be prudent to get that worked on now, before it becomes a Really Big Problem somewhere far from home and I end up with a dead Escape lying in a pool of transmission fluid. So he submitted an estimate to the used car dealer, with whom I am still under a one-year warranty (and to whom I've already charged for replacing the ignition coils back in the summer).

We'll see what happens there, but I'm not holding my breath. Replacing the transmission on a 2001 Escape costs nearly US$6,000. I bought the entire rig for $9,300...
 

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Congrats on passing!!!! We do not have any inspections her in NE, which is one surprising and 2. some people are very very lucky. If they started inspections sooooo many cars would be off the road haha :lol: Pretty much if it has four wheels and a starting engine, people drive it here in NE regardless of the condition it is in.
 

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Am I living in Greece or in Nebraska?
According to the Greek Transportation Authorities all vehicles have to go through inspection every two years.
Judging from the condition of a lot of vehicles I see in the streets every day I must be living in Nebraska. :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:
 

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SUVord said:
Am I living in Greece or in Nebraska?
According to the Greek Transportation Authorities all vehicles have to go through inspection every two years.
Judging from the condition of a lot of vehicles I see in the streets every day I must be living in Nebraska. :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:
Depends on what they're inspecting. "Hmm, yes, this car has four wheels and an engine... PASS"
 

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We have a 2 year inspection for cars up to 6 years of age, older vehicles have to get checked every year and public vehicles (Taxis, etc) have to get checked every 3 months. Is not as expensive tho, cost around 50USD, it is checked lights, brakes, suspension, tires, leaks and pollution...i think thats all.

However, many ppl evade this inspection, but if the police gets them they are for fines up to 500USD (in total there are like 3 fines in there) plus the car gets impounded and you have to pay also for the tow truck and parking fees. But there is a general feeling that the police only looks for new cars...you always see old cars (in terrible shape) that obviously dont meet the regulations, but police do nothing.
 

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We don't have a systems check here in WA. The smog check is by county. When I was in Germany they did the whole "Laundry List" much like Japan. If you were an American it was especially brutal. :)P
 

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SUVord said:
Am I living in Greece or in Nebraska?
According to the Greek Transportation Authorities all vehicles have to go through inspection every two years.
Judging from the condition of a lot of vehicles I see in the streets every day I must be living in Nebraska. :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:
:lol: :lol: :D
 

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If you were an American it was especially brutal. :)P
So it was like, "Ach! Der Amerikan Schweinhund mit der Fordescapen! Give him der Brutalinspectionworksen!"?
 

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the2belo said:
KCCO_773 said:
If you were an American it was especially brutal. :)P
So it was like, "Ach! Der Amerikan Schweinhund mit der Fordescapen! Give him der Brutalinspectionworksen!"?
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
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