I used to consult for the EPA and DOE, I specialize in green infrastructure & buildings and not automotive regulations, but I have to say this statement is true. The reality is far worse...it's all a money making ploy. You think they really give a sh*t about the environment? Nah, it's about making money. There were so many things I disagreed on when it came to creating the next iteration of energy code. The committee consists of mostly business owners that are trying to push their products under the guise of "the environment". Total joke, that's why construction costs have risen so much. They want buildings to be energy efficient but keep making requirements to put inefficient crap into buildings.I have mountains of proof of the emissions testing programs being manipulated in Colorado and I am 100% sure the same thing is being done in other states as well. Vehicles are failing emissions tests when they shouldn't be. This is being done because in most states it is a 3rd party company that does the emissions testing and if the number of cars failing is to low the program will be terminated and the company will be out of business. It's in their best interest to keep the number of failures high enough so the program does not get terminated.
Ooo I need to look into that then that sounds like fun, hopefully I can get a deal too. Also forgot to mention thank you for the warm welcome lol the Sky/Solstice Community is fantastic.A little money... an email and a laptop with an USB/OBD 2 cable, and you're off to the races!
P.S. - there are some good sales going on this weekend
I second that about Colorado air care. Took me 2 years to get my 92 firebird to pass when I moved to that state in 11.Look at how the smog test reports. In grams per mile. If you drive a vehicle in 5th gear with the RPM's at 2000 and the speed is say at 60mph for 1 mile you get x grams. Now drive the vehicle the same mile at the same speed and put it down into 3rd gear for the drive. Say the RPMs are at 4000 because it is in 3rd gear. still driving at 60 mph. But get this. a cylinder will fire once every 2 complete revolutions of the engine. so a 2000 RPMs each cylinder will fire 1000 times. for a 4 cylinder that's a total of 4000 detonations. I used 60 mph on purpose for the example because it would take exactly 1 minute to travel the mile and the engine speed is in minutes. so for the 1 mile taking 1 minute to drive it there is a total of 4000 detonations. Now bump the RPMs up to 4000. so now each cylinder fires 2000 times for the same mile making the total number of detonations that occur 8000. Double the number of detonations. Each time a cylinder fires emissions are created and those emissions gets pushed out the tail pipe. So if the engine RPMs are double even tho the vehicle is moving at the same speed the emissions output will be greater then twice what they would if the vehicle is driven in a higher gear.
The EPA has a very specific drive cycle that must be adhered to This drive cycle also includes the speeds in which the vehicle is to be shifted if it is a manual transmission and into what gear the vehicle needs to be shifted into. It also defines very specific points as to when the vehicle is supposed to be clutched in when coming to a stop.
The proof I have is in the form of 6 data snapshots that have been included with the test results. Those data snapshots show vehicle speed, engine speed, accelerator position and engine load.
Knowing the gear ratios for the transmission and differential as well as the tire size it is not hard to match the vehicle speed and engine speed to the gear the vehicle is in. Not 1 of the data snapshots has the vehicle in the correct gear.5 of the snapshot the car is in a lower gear then it should be. and the last snapshot shows the vehicle is in 5th gear when it should have just been shifted into 4th. This care to guess how that happened? Tacking the car out in second gear and the person driving it missed 3rd and landed in 5th. That same data snapshot shows the accelerator position at 86% (which is more like 91% because the accelerator only goes to 93.3 % i believe) and the engine load is at 100%. My car is 450bhp and the operator has the accelerator almost floored and the engine load is at 100%
The tests are being manipulated. I had to bring my Lincoln MKS in to get tested so I decided to also bring the Solstice in again hoping I would get a person that drives the vehicle properly. Funny thing, my Lincoln also had to do the IM240 test. The check engine light came on when driving to get the emissions done and there is one hell of an exhaust leak between the catalyst and the exhaust manifold. The check engine light was one because the valve timing is outta wack probably due to a bad timing chain. The car has 200K miles on it. It passed with flying colors. I could see and hear the difference in how the vehicles were being driven.
I contacted the State agency that oversees the emissions testing program. Their response was they want me to bring it to their technical center to inspect the vehicle to determine if the car was not operated properly during my previous 3 tests.. I was like what!??!?! How are you going to tell how the car was driven during the previous tests by looking at my car??? You can't. You need to pull the log files from the tests and look at those. I sent over all of the evidence I had to them. Their reply was that they are no longer going to speak with me. I contacted the Attorney General and got no where with them either. I contacted the EPA and they won't do anything about it either. It's all BS.
I have a report from 1998 that was written by a company that was hired by the EPA to test the accuracy of the IM240 test. It states right in that report that the +- 2mph target for the vehicle speed is not tight enough. They stated that a vehicle can be driven and stay within the +- 2mph and the vehicle will produce over 2 times more emissions then when the vehicle is driven on target and there is a minimal amount of fluctuations from the target speed. Funny thing, The +-2mph is still the tolerance today, the EPA simply ignored the report.
Not one of the government agencies state or local that is supposed to monitor over the testing program is going to do anything about the laws being broken. There is a really large number of laws being broken on top of it. I know this is not an isolated occurrence and it's happening to way to many people.
I have run stock GXP tune, GMPP, basic canned Trifecta and custom Trifecta (with a turbo change). The canned Trifecta tune is significantly better than the GMPP.Also late but on my GXP the trifecta tune was hands down the one single thing that made my heart skip the first time I drove it.
It made me realize the potential of the motor and how much GM had “held back” it’s performance (never got to experience the official GM tune but imagine it being in the same league of “wow what a difference”).
I don't know about elsewhere in the world, but in this area there were waiting lists for both the Sky and the Solstice right up until the closings were announced. I think the only thing that would have affected sales would have been an increase in production capacity as was planned with the move of Kappa2 to Bowling Green. Of course "Kappa2" really wasn't, since a platform change was also planned....... might have significantly affected sales.
Look at it this way:An arm rest you can't use and cup holders that break if you do use them, and on and on. My pet peeve was the single horn that gave out an anaemic 'peep', and the place to mount a second horn was already there on the frame. I researched the brand and bought a matching horn (high or low tone, whichever one they shorted us on) and it makes a huge difference. I paid around $9.95 - I wonder what it would have cost GM to make the car safer - $5 a piece at their purchase levels?
That and the handling issue that was immediately obvious to me (but wouldn't bother Joe and Martha Public who just wanted a sunny day tourer) are shortcomings I couldn't forgive.
It was sort of like buying a car as a kit - great potential but only if you add back in all the stuff that should have been there in the first place.
Don't get me wrong, I love the car, but I only just liked it before I changed all the sway bars shocks, springs and tune.
I wonder what it would have cost GM to make the car safer - $5 a piece at their purchase levels?