Roaring through Emissions

After reading Alana’s post on emissions, I was terrified. After my brother’s car (which is the EXACT same car as mine, but manual) failed the emissions test last month, I was petrified. I have known since May that I had until the end of September to get tested, and I put off going until the last possible moment. I crept into the faciliy at 11 a.m. on September 30th, feeling like I was waiting outside the principal’s office.

Luckily, I had gone to the emissions testing facility up on Jarvis in Skokie, surely saving myself some time from the waiting line down at the Webster facility. They tested my car for the full 4 minutes, revving it up to over 50 mph. I cringed in the waiting room as my little 15 year old BMW howled, surpassing the engine noise of every single car in the facility. Erika, who had come with me since she was due for her testing in October, could hear my car from half a block away where she was waiting for me to finish up. I was sweating in that little waiting area.

The testing guy took me back to my car after they finished 4 minutes of hell on my car, and told me to wait as he printed up the reports. My heart sank down to my floor mats. He handed me the paperwork, smiled, and let me know I had passed. I almost exploded.

I can’t say for sure, but I would wager a bet that you will get faster service out in the burbs and that it might be scandal-free service as well.

3 Comments so far

  1. Alana (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 2:57 pm

    Hey Lauren-

    I’m very glad to see that your car passed. I’m sure that must have been a pretty stressful wait. BMWs aren’t cheap to fix. :)

    My problem, and the problem of some of the other folks’, was that it was a newer car with a computer and a check engine warning light on at the time of inspection. The thing I got pinged on was a faulty sensor associated with the car’s computer.

    I used to have a late 80’s Beemer and I don’t recall if it had a computer. Do they, or does yours?


  2. Lauren (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 3:07 pm

    Ya, I am truly thinking that it has to do with being out of the city.

    I have the same problem with my BMW, and was really concerned about it. It has an on-board computer (I believe the 325’s from the late 80’s were some of the first cars to do so) that is notoriously sketchy. My Check Engine light has been on for as long as I can remember, it warns be about Brake Lining even though I just had my brakes replaced, and the Coolant light is always on (even after I just topped it off).

    So, I dunno. Suburbs more lax?


  3. Alana (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 6:34 pm

    The station I went to was out past Hillside, so I don’t think it’s that it’s a ‘burbs thing. Hmm… I’ll have to look up the location I went to again for specifics.

    You know what I think it is for real?

    The Man.

    Just another example of The Man trying to keep us down.



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