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Old 16.09.2009, 19:40
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Registering a car in Basel - STRANGE Emission Test request from MFK!!!!

A couple of weeks ago I imported a 2006 BMW X5 4.8is from California and I am currently going through the process of have it registered here in Basel. What a nightmare this has been!

Before taking it to the local Motorfahrzungkontrolle (MFK) (sorry for the spelling), I had an emission test done at a local garage which was not a problem. At MFK, they requested that I make some changes to the front and back blinkers, change a couple of tires, and get a noise test at the Dynamic Test Center (DTC) in Biel, which I have. The noise test cost was CHF465. When I took the car in a second time to MFK to get a clean bill of health, I was told that they had overlooked one item and I need to go back to DTC and get a special emission test done. They tell me that since the car was made after December of 2005, the car would have to meet emission EUR4. DTC folks told me that my car meets emission EUR3 and they are pretty sure once they do the test the car will meet EUR4. To make things really bad, the cost of this test is about CHF2200 and they will need to keep the car for several days. I really was not ready for this!!!! Is this test really needed or are they just trying to make additional money off of me.

I am wondering if anyone has had the same experience and if there is anything I can do or say to skip this costly test and eventually get this car registered in Basel.

If this test is a must do, can it be done somewhere else (Germany for instance) for a lower cost?

Thanks in advance.

Last edited by evilshell; 25.09.2009 at 18:42. Reason: fixed font for easier reading
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