Slightly OT: Safety/Emissions Inpsections
I have HAD IT with these friggin' yearly inspections. I am tired of trying to play by their rules when I have to put up with the kind of crap I was handed today. Ok, I had bought some stuff for my X90 quite a while back from CALMINI. I got a windshield banner (basically, their logo in white letters) with my order. So naturally, I put it on. This was about two years ago. I go to get my X inspected today and the lady pulls it into the bay and checks the turn signals. Then she looks at the banner, sticks a little scanner up to it for a sec and then comes into the waiting room. She gives me this: You are gonna have to scrap that banner off or I am going to have to fail you and charge you a $10 service fee. At first, I didn't know what to say. Nobody ever said anything about it before, it had passed fine last year with the same banner. So I asked why. She says "Its window tint and the law says you can't have window tint darker than 35%". My jaw nearly hit the floor, "Window Tint! When did this go into effect?" I asked. She said it has always been this way. I said no way, it has passed before with no problems. Nothing I can do now, she has my car in the bay and I either had to remove the banner to get my sticker or pay them the $10 service fee to fail me and let me leave. I was so pissed, she waited until she pulled it into the bay so I would have no choice but to pay one way or the other. I am tired of playing by the rules if they are gonna pull crap like this over something so trivial. I got my sticker by the way, no way in hell I was gonna pay them $10 to screw me over for nothing. I am not playing by their rules any longer. A new banner will go back on my windshield now that I have my new inspection sticker. And I think I will get that 1.6L 16valve header after all and just swap in the OEM temporarily when the next inspection comes around. Afterall, it only has to pass their rules while it is in their bay!