Yes, that is the cut off for US-spec vehicles, not grey market.Vehicles Purchased From Out of the Country (Grey Market)
California has special requirements for vehicles imported from other countries (including Canada and Mexico). It may be very costly or impossible to modify these vehicles to meet California emission requirements and/or federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS). No direct import vehicle less than two years old can be converted to California emission standards. Not all direct import vehicles over two years old can be converted to California emission standards and FMVSS. No motorcycle or diesel-powered vehicle can be converted to California emission standards. For details, contact the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
1997 is the cut off year for diesel emissions EXEMPTION!
They are eligible, but you need to become CARB compliant to register in CA. That will cost you quite a bit of money (i've heard up to $10,000). The facility to do this is in Santa Ana...I’m curious if an imported gas powered LC would be an option for CA residents
I have to wonder how many 70 series that actually went through the CARB compliant process? Is there any post on any thread on any forum where someone actually took a 70 series and made it so?Personally I wouldn’t, but if someone really wants a 70 series and will throw out the money for CARB compliance it’s kind of the only option
You would have to smog a gas model, and you would have to start with a USA block with a USA VIN attached. It becomes a BAR issue. They don't want to mess with diesels. In order to do this with a gas truck you would have to make it match a USA issued truck of the same year or newer, all the way down to EVAP. Not worth it in my book.There are gas powered 70 series models