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Old 01-28-2005, 09:01 PM   #1
Titanium Samurai
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Impreza GC8 E-towner seeks auto information on Van

I'm considering moving from Edmonton to Vancouver. My only visit so far was two days on New Year's, so I'll visit some more to learn more.

I've found only a couple of posts from people moving to Van, and both were coming from California. I will truly miss the 'treacherous' road conditions and heaps of slush and snow.

Does anybody know what differences there are between AB legislation and BC legislation, aside from having front and rear plates and regular Air Care checkups? Oh, and government-run insurance?

Do Impreza windshields still suffer the Horizontal Crack of Death? Do any of you run Nokian Hakka Q's (or RSI's, I guess) during the 'winter' there?

I have a Scoobysport exhaust; what is the law's attitude regarding noise?

Any and all info appreciated.


Oh, and what's the majority there: GC8's or 02/04?
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Old 01-28-2005, 10:28 PM   #2
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You do get private insurance on the comprehensive portion. Sorry we rarely suffer the Horizontal Crack of Death for the windshield. Some do run Nokian here and as for noise from the exhaust, it's a bit lax now compared to before and unless you live in Richmond and likes to go out at night often, I don't see it ever become a problem.

On the other hand, when it snows, it's not the road but the other drivers that will "kill" you. GC's are getting more rare and GD's are running all over.
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Old 01-29-2005, 03:20 AM   #3
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general speaking cops won't really stop you specifically for ur loud exhaust...unless they're really loud...(like cat-less muffler less straight pipe header back)...i consider my exhaust (both the one i'm selling and the Apex N1) been pretty loud, and i've been stoped by cops for a few times but they never bitch me abt it...so i think u're exhaust should be okay...
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Old 01-29-2005, 12:23 PM   #4
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if you are under25 then you will really like how much lower the insurance is over here, compared to it over there in edmonton..... my buddy whose taking law skool there said his insurance is like 5k for half year and he has a clean driving record and drive the new legacy...

loud exhaust? well unless you are revvin it in front of a cop then you really shouldn't have any problems.....
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Old 01-29-2005, 11:09 PM   #5
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I'm nearly 30, but my driving record's only 4 1/2 years old, with one at-fault 3 1/2 years ago. I started at 2800 / year with the MY99TS, but am now down to about half that.

Oh yeah: E-towners are supposedly the worst in the country, despite the people in van doing 120 on the 80 highways... (I didn't notice any police while I was there).
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Old 01-30-2005, 02:53 PM   #6
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Air Care: exactly what is it and how does it relate to mods?

Flashing green lights: what are these for?

Pedestrians: here in Alberta, one is required by law to stop for any pedestrian crossing or attempting to cross the street (where it is legal to do so). I was told that this is not the case in Vancouver. Does anybody have a link to BC's equivalent of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act?

A link to a list of offenses would also help.

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Old 01-30-2005, 02:58 PM   #7
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>>Air Care: exactly what is it and how does it relate to mods?

You need cats and mild tuning....anything drastic will cause you to fail. It is emissions testing (maybe someone can be more specific as to what they test for.)

>>Flashing green lights: what are these for?

Nothing, sometimes it means the light is about to turn yellow (like at pedestrian controlled lights). But it is NOT like Ontario wherre it means a left turn. I almost made that mistake when I got back and turned into oncoming traffic.

>>Pedestrians: here in Alberta, one is required by law to stop for any pedestrian crossing or attempting to cross the street (where it is legal to do so). I was told that this is not the case in Vancouver. Does anybody have a link to BC's equivalent of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act?

I'm pretty sure it is the same here. especially at a cross walk or whatnot. but common sense says, if someone is walking across the street....no matter where and you are able to stop, you better do it because if you strike down a pedestrian, and admit that you "saw" them you will be charged. Especially if you were able to stop.
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Old 01-30-2005, 03:31 PM   #8
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>>Flashing green lights: what are these for?

Nothing, sometimes it means the light is about to turn yellow (like at pedestrian controlled lights). But it is NOT like Ontario wherre it means a left turn. I almost made that mistake when I got back and turned into oncoming traffic.
I just did a search and the city of Kamploops has this on their website:
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Motorists are reminded that a Flashing Green Light indicates a Pedestrian Controlled Traffic Signal. Once this device is actuated the Flashing Green Light will turn solid for 4 to 5 seconds followed by an Amber then Red Light. The solid Green Light at a Pedestrian Traffic Signal therefore serves as an advance warning to the driver that the signal is about to change. Motorists are also reminded that it is illegal to proceed through a Red Light and must wait until the signal resumes its Flashing Green sequence.
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Old 01-30-2005, 04:40 PM   #9
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yeah
i live here in kamloops, we have alot of flashing green lights,
and like it was said in the two above, it means pedestrian controlled, so it will stay green until someone wants to cross. Mainly used up here at school and on busy main roads.

as well, there is no air care outside the lower mainland(vancouver and area). places outside the lower mainland (including vancouver island) are allowed to pollute as much as we want
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Old 02-11-2005, 10:29 AM   #10
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I didn't take much note when I was there, but do you guys get potholes?
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:12 PM   #11
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I noticed alot pop up after our 4 days of snow but the C.O.V maintence is pretty good at fixing them quick. Seriously I hit one big one yesterday and today when I was prepared to avoid it the hole was filled. Of course the general condition of the roads, Outdated considering traffic volume, patches are everywhere.

I hate hitting potholes but I love looking like a drunk darting left & right to avoid them.
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Old 02-11-2005, 09:48 PM   #12
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Potholes and poor road conditions go hand in hand with Vancouver. For the most part its just poor road conditions but in the next couple of years all the heavily used bad roads will be fixed. We can't look bad in 2010 now can we?
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