Date registered: Nov 2014
Vehicle: 2000 E 320 Wagon + 2002 ML 500 SUV
Location: Pineywoods Region of East Texas
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Ok that makes sense.
Btw, my upgrade muffler replaced oem muffler sits in same location. And that chamber behind it is the oem resonator.
(which should likely be retained unless you're upgrading muffler to a 'mild turbo muffler')
I think ML320's have same layout but not sure.
On 2nd Cat delete, I don't know how much detailed layout diagrams emission inspection shops have access to.
IE do they KNOW for example, that certain year ML's had 4 Cats, not 2?
Or do they guess from looking at obvious evidence (bad welds, poor bends) that 2nd Cats have been deleted ?
Thank God, I can't say firsthand as I've been gone from So Cal for a decade now.
I'm sure if you ask politely locally you could find out how hard they enforce it.
Around here, its a "hidden Truth" that Rural "State Inspection" garages are less stringent than big city ones, and I bet thats true everywhere. Hint, hint, lol...
Cheers - David in East Texas
Gone, and fondly remembered:
1975 240D - 4 speed manual, power nothing
1984 190E 2.3 - Cute, reliable & slow
1983 300SD - Great highway tourer, 28mpg
Here & greatly appreciated:
2000 E 320 Wagon -
2002 ML 500 - Finally got one !