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    Default The 3.2, the MOT, the emissions

    So, according to the Government, my 3.2 is supposed to be dirty and as such will be reflected in next years road tax of £415 (ish).

    These results speak for themselves, how clean can I get?

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    You can have a 4.2 v8 jag registered before 2001 (i think) and pay less tax how the hell does that work out just another way too screw money out of people ...

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    Correct, my old 1996 Rover 800 turbo coupe will be at £185.00 for the next few years and it's last MOT emissions was much worse that the 3.2
    Last edited by gtr1000; 7th November 2008 at 15:22. Reason: corrected info

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    Road tax is based on carbon dioxide emissions, isn't the pic above showing carbon monoxide levels, not CO2?

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    How long do you reckon before you get manufactor's making cars with smallish engines that you can upgrade to a larger engine after purchase and registration ?Smudger1

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    Yea but come on, we all know its got nothing to do with what's dirty and what's not is it. It's purely a Governmental money printing business. The law states that on MOT your vehicle has to pass smoke or emissions test. So if it passes them, then that's it in my eyes, it's clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger1 View Post
    How long do you reckon before you get manufactor's making cars with smallish engines that you can upgrade to a larger engine after purchase and registration ?Smudger1
    Any engine transplant other than a straight swap, even smaller is regarded as a modification, so your cash would end up in the hands of the insurance company not the Tax man.

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    There is a huge difference between 'claimed' and actual CO2 figures, the former being the 'published' figure used for Road tax calculation, the latter being the CO2 produced in real-world driving.

    It is a money-making exercise all right. The cars with the lowest emissions are in the main used for town driving where your emissions from a car that never really gets 'warmed up'/never used on a proper long run/ 'had the ar$e ragged off it' can rocket.

    Another fallacy is with regard to 'speed humps'. I know of one case where there was a local campaign to get rid of some speed bumps because of the increase in noise and smoke and therefore emissions especially from low-revving diesels as drivers slowed braked and accelerated to negotiate the humps. The campaign was successful. The humps were replaced by cameras, another money-making racket.

    So the motorised shopping trollies we all should be driving are poisoning the environment every bit as much as real cars, if not more so.

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    Just out of interest, what are the published emissions figures for the 3.2V6?

    Would you have any recourse in taking that test certificate back to the DVLA and arguing the car's ridiculously high tax band?

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    Quote Originally Posted by parapaul View Post
    Just out of interest, what are the published emissions figures for the 3.2V6?
    235gm/Km for manual 250gm/Km for automatic.

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