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WTB California m100

Postby Grosbard » Sun 17.01.2021, 23:10

Hi all!

I'm based in Southern California, and I'm looking to purchase an m100 that won't have an issue with passing the California smog test. Please let me know if you have one available, or can point me towards one. Thanks!
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby tigerdog » Wed 20.01.2021, 15:28

Welcome! I'm in San Diego; there's been a few good cars for sale in the area over the years, but I'm not aware of any at this moment. I'll keep my eyes open!
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby sideways » Wed 20.01.2021, 18:29

Mine is for sale - unfortunately north of the border (Vancouver BC).
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby tigerdog » Wed 20.01.2021, 22:41

sideways wrote:Mine is for sale - unfortunately north of the border (Vancouver BC).

Hopefully that's not a photo of it in your profile :shock:
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby sideways » Thu 21.01.2021, 00:33

tigerdog wrote:
sideways wrote:Mine is for sale - unfortunately north of the border (Vancouver BC).

Hopefully that's not a photo of it in your profile :shock:


:D :D

No, that WAS as Esprit...apparently Esprit in english translates as "inferno-in-waiting". :D :D
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby risingson » Thu 28.01.2021, 06:36

Hello! I'm in Orange County. Seldom do I post on LEC, but i'm really trying to change that. It would be nice to see other owners here in California. There is currently one of the rare M100's in black on BAT.
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby esprit888 » Thu 28.01.2021, 07:28

risingson wrote:Hello! I'm in Orange County. Seldom do I post on LEC, but i'm really trying to change that. It would be nice to see other owners here in California. There is currently one of the rare M100's in black on BAT.


As noted previously the black M100 on BAT is a 49 state car so not originally California compliant, that’s not to say it won’t pass smog, and it looks to have an aftermarket cat, which may or may not help the cause. I often wondered why Lotus didn’t make all of the very limited number of Elan’s 50 state legal, possibly because in the early 90’s California smog tests were a moving target and Lotus produced different ECU’s for Federal cars?
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby Grosbard » Thu 28.01.2021, 17:57

Yeah, the fact that the BAT car is a 49-state car is holding me back. It's probably safer to get a 50-state car, I think.
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby risingson » Fri 29.01.2021, 02:19

I am 99% sure my Elan is a 49-state car and passed CA smog the first time. Knock on wood I am not jinxing myself moving forward.
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby sideways » Fri 29.01.2021, 22:12

Grosbard, don't know if this will help with your CA smog question but...



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Re: WTB California m100

Postby tigerdog » Sat 30.01.2021, 16:24

Grosbard wrote:Yeah, the fact that the BAT car is a 49-state car is holding me back. It's probably safer to get a 50-state car, I think.


You can tell CA from 49-state cars by the VIN. CA cars end with 3nnnn, 49-state 2nnnn.

I agree, a 49-state car should probably pass just fine. The major difference is in the programming EEPROM in the ECU. It should be possible to retrofit a 49-state car with a CA memcal chip. I know the original Mountain chips were available as based on California EEPROM, for example. You
might have more trouble trying to pass a visual inspection for initial titling, or during smog at a STAR-certified station. I took Smaug to the same place for years; they stopped inspecting him about 3 years ago, citing lack of familiarity and documentation for the visual piece. They would not risk their license on an unfamiliar car. Luckily, another local is fine with it. You're welcome to PM me if you want to discuss.
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Re: WTB California m100

Postby Grosbard » Sat 30.01.2021, 23:32

Thanks for the info sideways and tigerdog! Looks like 49-state should not be a problem (assuming I can find a place that's willing to do the test, that is).
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