Heh Rogan, here we are again. We need to sit down over a beer or two one day to discuss this!rogan said:In New Zealand coils are legal and don't affect insurance. And yes I've checked this out for myself.
I couldn't care less if anyone stays on eas or converts to coils. It's their car and they can do what they want. I do find some humour in those who constantly bang on praising EAS and belittling coils seemingly to justify the amount of time/money they've spent on their eas. Fine of you're a diy'er, but what about those people who have to pay for work to be done on the vehicle.
I'm not anti EAS, but I am pro informed decision making.
Whether or not it's legal, depends on who you talk to! I've talked to the VTNZ (the government approved testers) and they have said it is NOT legal. So some people are aware it is happening, but the info/consequences have not been fully dispersed to everyone(/all vehicle testers).
Almost 10 years ago, I brought a car over from the UK with me. I had trouble getting it approved/certified locally, until I could produce a document authored by Ford, showing the standards that all the critical components had been built to (for that particular VIN). If you start changing critical safety equipment that has never been tested by the manufacturer, you oblitorate the standards that the vehicle was built to. Without standards compliance, your vehicle registration is meaningless.
You've said your wife is something to do with lawyers/insurance, so you will probably argue again, but you should be putting it through a 'low volume certifier'. The only reason that it will be passing WOFs (safety tests), is that coils are what testers are expecting to see - airbags are probably less than 2% of all vehicles tested. So should a Rangie (built with airbags) but presented for testing on coils, it will probably just be accepted, because the testers aren't aware/don't remember that, actually, it should be on airbags.