Originally Posted by SimSimma
So on the way to dropping my kids off at the daycare this morning I got pulled over by the police. I knew I didnt do anything illegal so I wasnt sure of the cause.
When the cop approached me he mentioned that I have an improper muffler on my car that's too loud. (I have an Active Autowerke's exhaust on my '08 M3). I asked him how he knew it was too loud. I asked if there was a sound level that my car had surpassed and if he had a decibel metre to in fact deem my car to be too loud. He responds by asking if I can hear any of the other cars passing by. I mention yes and he says that they're not as loud as me. I respond by asking how do you compare a V8 engine to a 4 cylinder car. He doesnt respond but asks me for my information.
After 10 minutes he returns with 2 tickets....one for improper muffler ($110) and one for unnessary noise ($110). He tells me my options which are to "fix" my muffler and the tickets can be tossed or I can proceed to fight them in court which I plan on doing. He finishes by saying, and I quote "I know you have a nice car and like your nice car and I too have a nice sporty car that I like. I have a 1991 Camaro. But I dont need to hear your car. If I see you again I cant write you the same tickets but I will summons you to court where you can do jail time".
WTF!!! At this point I mention that I've lived in the area for over 7 years, have passed numerous police without issue and havent so much as received an infraction in my car of any kind. He says that I havent seen him before and that if he sees me again he will summons me to court.
The kicker is, that this same cop pulled my wife over in her Lexus IS250 for going through a stop sign less than a month ago (which she too is fighting) and he kept mentioning to her stuff about her "nice" car.
So, my question to you fellow M3 owners:
- Have any of you ever received such tickets for your aftermarket exhausts? If so, how did you handle it?
- Have any fellow Canadians (in the Toronto area especially) ever encountered such tickets?
- Should my wife and I file a formal complaint with his division for his behaviour and comments or will this open a can of worms with other cops coming down on us as they do tend to protect their own?
Any feedback you can provide would be appreciated.
Where in Toronto are you from? I live north of the city but I have had some funny encounters with the police. I used RaceStart and took the car up to 90km/h in an 80. The cop pulled me over and said that was 'reckless' I told him I didn't know I couldn't accelerate that quickly! He let me go with a warning. Another time I was cruising with my brother and got pulled over for no reason. When I asked why I go pulled over, the officer said routine traffic stop. I told him I would like my license back so I could go on my way. He let me go but was very ticked off. And finally I had someone call the police and say I flashed a gun at them, and that I was a shady criminal threatening them and they had proof! I studied engineering and am anything but and don't even know where I would even be able to get a weapon. (Of course they had no proof, some people just don't appreciate others driving nice cars) The police came to my house and were very harsh. Yes my car is black with black rims but its the noise that makes people uneasy I guess. Long story short, just like you I find the cops in Toronto so ridiculous and although I have been pulled over multiple times, Ive never been ticked for these stupid things. My C63 is loud to say the least... If I ever get one of these I would do the somethings you spoke of! Good for you going into the police station and stating your opinion!