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Old 05-25-2004, 02:41 PM   #1
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I have been contemplating moving to texas and I was curious how strict your emissions laws are. I am coming from california where any modification seems to be illegal these days.

So, what is the deal with cat removal?

Also, do you have decent access to 92 octane.

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Old 05-25-2004, 02:49 PM   #2
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We got 93 octane! Also the police aren't nazis like California where they make you open your hood. You should be good
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Old 05-25-2004, 02:52 PM   #3
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Most places here dont have 92 octane. Just about every station has 93. And what are these "cats" you speak of?
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Old 05-25-2004, 02:55 PM   #4
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WOW, leaving california seems more and more appealing. Especially since I would need to make about $150k a year to afford a 900 sq/ft condo with no yard and no garage in socal.

"Moktod, coming soon to a WRX meet in Texas."

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Old 05-25-2004, 02:56 PM   #5
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muaahahaaa.... cats

You won't get put on the dyno cause you are too new... and also do any emissions/inspection places around here even have an AWD dyno? I would be VERY suprised if they did. They put my mr2 on there and it failed miserably.

I don't know of a station that doesn't have 93 octane.

If you meet some people and ask around,you could find a way to get by regardless. I have never had anyone visually inspect anything here.
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Old 05-25-2004, 03:06 PM   #6
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It's also depending on where you move to. Most counties in Texas don't have the strict emissions and some like Harris(Houston), Galveston(Dickinson; Galvestion; Texas City,etc) do. And counties around the Dallas area as well. So choose your county carefully.... I don't even think they check the cats anymore, just so you can pass the sniff test...
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Old 05-25-2004, 03:13 PM   #7
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Yeah, cost of living is way cheaper then Cali and so is our gas. Also if you live just outside of city limits most of the houses there come with a good sized piece of land, all for significantly less then buying an overpriced house in the bad parts of town in Cali.
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Old 05-25-2004, 03:19 PM   #8
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Yeah, cost of living is way cheaper then Cali and so is our gas. Also if you live just outside of city limits most of the houses there come with a good sized piece of land, all for significantly less then buying an overpriced house in the bad parts of town in Cali.
This is the most appealing aspect of moving to texas. I am looking at san antonio and my wife and I could have a much larger place (than in cali) and she doesn't even have to work (although she better pull some cash in ).

in cali, it is easier to find 100 octane (at a few 76 stations) than 92 or 93.

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how much is your gas?

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Old 05-25-2004, 03:48 PM   #9
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it costs me about $30 to fill up

I just took out another home equity loan so I can afford it now.

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Old 05-25-2004, 04:13 PM   #10
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Last weekend when I filled up it was about $2.07 - $2.09 which is about the average price in Texas for 93 octane. At least average considering the rise in gas the past 6-8 weeks.

Hell a while back it was about $1.60 or so for premium.
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Old 05-25-2004, 04:35 PM   #11
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wow.

WOW!!!

we are paying 2.60 (if you are lucky) for 91 octane.

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Old 05-25-2004, 05:13 PM   #12
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East Texas has higher octane gas then west Texas

Unless it it has changed..most of west Texas only has 91 octane.
In the panhandle part, you'll have a hard time finding greater then 90 octane, especially in all the small farm towns. Since your going to be in San Antonio, no need to worry about it though.

Other then that..not much on emissions testing except for in the mentioned counties.
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Old 05-25-2004, 05:21 PM   #13
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Yeah, I have been hating CA lately (had a gun pulled on me by some thug while driving home and another fool jumped out of his car with a baseball bat and pounded a car next to me, two different occurances all in one day).

So...if anyone knows of a good technical recruiter, please let me know.

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Old 05-25-2004, 05:25 PM   #14
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East Texas has higher octane gas then west Texas

Unless it it has changed..most of west Texas only has 91 octane.
In the panhandle part, you'll have a hard time finding greater then 90 octane, especially in all the small farm towns. Since your going to be in San Antonio, no need to worry about it though.

Other then that..not much on emissions testing except for in the mentioned counties.
Most of us in Texas just kind of pretend there is nothing west of San antonio.
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Old 05-25-2004, 05:40 PM   #15
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While Texas comes complete with a much lower cost of living than Cali, it also typically comes with lower salaries than what you might be used to (not that you can't find a job in some areas making heavy-duty bank).

That said, you still come out a good bit further ahead here if I am to believe all the folks I know out on the West Coast (Cali, Wash-St., etc...) and those on the East Coast (Boston, NY).

We also don't have state income tax (Cali does, right?.. I don't really recall... they tax everything out there as far as I know).

Ft. Bend is one of those counties that's pretty cool about emissions stuff if you're looking for that 'feature', but close to a big city (it's on the outskirts of Houston).

I have yet to see an AWD emissions dyno... they must exist, but I haven't had to find one yet, and haven't heard any tales of them.
We get the electronic sniffer via OBD-II or whatever it is.

If you want to live somewhere that roughly approximates what you might consider 'Cali-style' (a bit more liberal, better local music, better scenery, honies everywhere...), go to the Austin area. It's also roughly centrally located between all the larger cities. I don't live there (another reason to move there!), but I do enjoy visiting.

Good luck, welcome to Texas... you'll be issued a Spanish-to-English, and English-to-Spanish dictionary on the plane-ride over.

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Old 05-25-2004, 05:47 PM   #16
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Good luck, welcome to Texas... you'll be issued a Spanish-to-English, and English-to-Spanish dictionary on the plane-ride over.
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Yeah, we have state tax.

The dictionary will be useless. I am from SoCal (LA). I am already fluent

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Old 05-25-2004, 05:49 PM   #17
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Yeah, we have state tax.

The dictionary will be useless. I am from SoCal (LA). I am already fluent

-moktod


beat me to it..

Texas if fairly decent, if you don't mind the hot weather.. but coming from SoCal, you're already used to it.
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Old 05-25-2004, 05:55 PM   #18
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Also registration for you ride will be cheap as hell! My last car cost me like $55 a year to register.
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Yeah.. except the first time you do it.. then its expensive.. total cost to register my car here the first time was going to be nearly $300.. I said screw it and re registerted in WA for $30.. Texas really wants to bend you over if you have an out of state car.
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Old 05-25-2004, 05:57 PM   #20
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Also registration for you ride will be cheap as hell! My last car cost me like $55 a year to register.
sheesh, I need to find a job already.

I payed more than 4 times that last year.

hrm, one problem. A laker fan in san antonio.

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Old 05-25-2004, 06:12 PM   #21
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Moktod,

In Texas you can also get a Concealed Handgun License. Don't know if that would make it more appealing or not...Welcome to Tejas..... hehe

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Old 05-25-2004, 06:58 PM   #22
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just to add to the emissions banter, '96 and newer require no dyno testing _or_ sniffer either. just hook it up to the OBDII diagnostic connector and fly(you'll need a CEL eliminator if you run with no cats) if your in a non-complient county, if not, it's just $12.50 and a quick saftey inspection!
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Old 05-25-2004, 07:51 PM   #23
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Moktod, if you're looking for a decent home in San Antonio, you can find a 3/2/2(really nice one probably about 1600 sq. ft.) for about $120K. There's cheaper, there's more expensive, but that'll net you a really nice house in a decent neighborhood.

Gas is cheaper than Cali. I paid $2.03/gallon at Shell, 93 octane. But average price is around $2.08-2.10 for the good stuff.

The folks here are super friendly(compared to southern Florida), but some of 'em drive like maniacs. I moved from West Palm Beach last year, and I have only one regret, and that is missing my family.

As far as a Laker fan in S.A., they can deal with it Too bad my Spurs are out 'cuz of them .....



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Old 05-26-2004, 12:00 PM   #24
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[Ricardo Montoban]Welcome...to Fantasy Island!!! [/Ricardo Montoban]

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you're not kidding.

what is the job market like in San Antonio?
how is the tech industry going?
A lot of the SCIC members are techies, just curious if TXIC is the same.

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There are quite a few techie TXIC members.. My wife and I have been considering moving from Dallas to somewhere between Austin and SA because Her job has an office down there, and there seems to be more tech growth there than there is in Dallas.. For example, I was offered a job in Dallas as a basic PC tech... got a call 2 days later cancelling the offer because they just layed off 100 people.. Thats been pretty on par for my luck with tech jobs around Dallas.
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