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Old 06-08-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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After 20 years, I bought another '02

This is my second '02. I didn't really want a project car, but it runs well and I can ignore some of the body work until I get myself some more money.
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:38 PM   #2
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Wow, just like the one my brother and I had, back in '71! Lotta fun miles with that car; aside from better (some!) rustproofing, I only wish it had a 5-speed. How many miles on it? Has the engine had any significant work on it, or has it proven it's durability time and again? If I recall, the head had to be torqued every 15,000 miles back then, a custom long since by the boards.
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:13 PM   #3
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200535 on a rebuilt (a couple times) engine. I bought the car from the original owner, who took it all over the world (he was military). I need to replace both doors, both fenders, rocker panels and a new tire well (or truck floor). Everything else is quite repairable.

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Old 06-08-2007, 01:41 PM   #4
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:03 PM   #5
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I agree, all in all, not bad, not bad at all. Perhaps some major league body work/replacements, but doable, and these are comparatively simple cars to get access to and service. As to the engine, I think ours needed an overhaul at around 235,000 (maybe a 5-speed back then would have added somewhat to that). Again, perhaps nothing you don't already know, adhere to the maintenance schedule back then, not nowadays. Hope you have lots of fun with it!
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:15 PM   #6
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I just picked it up from my mechanic. He couldn't get a rotor for it without adding 8 dollars to it for shipping, so I just ordered one from Bavarian Motorsport. Someday I will need to upgrade/rebuild the carb and install a pointless conversion kit. The engine runs strong and doesn't burn excessive oil. I already got one fender, and the rocker panels. Windshield and rear window with intacted defroster wiring and a stronger alternator to run it with.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:55 PM   #7
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The site is a bit of a pain in the neck (well, not actually the neck...) to maneuver, but go to http://www.press.bmwgroup.com/pressclub/us02.nsf and somewhere off on the left there's menu. Click the right pointing arrow at "Heritage, Mobile Tradition," and once that expands click "BMW Heritage." With any luck, that should open up to a page with a number of pictures of a 40th anniversary 2002tii restoration.
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:21 PM   #8
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Now that looks like my first 02. But I didn't have a tii
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:54 AM   #9
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I think that color was called Colorado, so characteristic of the times. I wonder if they might reconsider it for when (if) they bring the 1 series here, maybe we're re-entering a funky era.

As to the tii, I guess BMW chose that for their museum for being the top of the 02 line so far as outright performance was concerned, but even at that I believe production was relatively minor. In any event, as I recall the stock 2002 did quite well...

One other bit of nostalgia, I remember the vent windows (!), the punch out rear passenger windows (quite good ventilation actually), and the turn signal stalk being on the right side of the steering column. Of course, cup holders were nowhere on the horizon...
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Having lived in Germany from 1975 thru 1981, I can tell you that the bright colors chosen for these and other European cars were helpful in reducing the insurance rates. I was paying 1200USD a year for my 87 Camaro, and color did play a factor in the discounting portion (as well as auto type and horsepower).
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:44 AM   #11
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3050rpm, very interesting link there, lots of historical info on our cherished marque, well worth a visit by anyone reading this thread.
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Old 06-12-2007, 06:00 PM   #12
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Yeah, it is quite interesting, although I find it rather awkward to maneuver through and search, but eventually I come across some intriguing stuff.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:11 PM   #13
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Its a little old for my taste, but its still cool as long as you like it it's fine.
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