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Old 11-21-2008, 08:13 AM   #1
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Default Anybody know anything about the BMW 2002?

I've been kinda wanting a new project car since I sold my last one (the fiesta turbo project). My old skewl "dream car" list consists of (in no particular order):
1. Z car - 240/260/280
2. Datsun 510
3. BMW 2002
4. Vintage Mini
5. Early 70's f-body

So I've been keeping my eyes open, and today I'm going to look at a 2002 if I have time after work. My main concern is rust. It has a few mild engine upgrades (Weber carb swap, and the other typical things people do to these to get a little more powaH) and the suspension is lowered a bit and "set up for track racing". It is not a tii. It runs pretty good I am told.

Negatives the guy told me were: Surface(?) rust on the body, needs a distributor because he screwed up and broke the one that was on there, the seats don't match- the driver's seat is a Recaro and the passenger side has the OEM seat. Also, most of the interior is gutted.

for reference, ttiwwop (none of these are the actual one I'm going to look at!):






Anybody have experience with these? Give me some things to look for.

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Old 11-21-2008, 08:15 AM   #2
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There's was something just like this recently where a guy got one for free IIRC!
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:16 AM   #3
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I restored one a couple years back. The car is awesome to work on. Engines great and all. The MOST annoying part is all the rust. Its really hard to find one without rust.

Key areas that rust hides in these cars:

-rocker panels
-under bondo
-if you see rust or signs of repair on the rear shock mounts, RUN do not walk

the best part of driving these cars is the greenhouse. the roof is SO high, and the windshield is so tall. it just feels cool driving. that and the noise. mine had an ANSA exhaust, and it sounded awesome.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:19 AM   #4
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How much are good 2002s going for anyways?

I'd worry about rust anywhere and everywhere, as they were probably not undercoated at the factory along with being very old.

I read a while ago that there was something about a bearing in the transmission that fails every 50K miles or so.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:21 AM   #5
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I read a while ago that there was something about a bearing in the transmission that fails every 50K miles or so.
there were 2 versions of the transmission. one with fine splines and one with beefier splines on the output shaft. thats the only tranny thing i can think of. UNLESS youre thinking of the GUIBO. thats the rubber bushing coupler btwn the tranny and driveshaft. that thing fails every 40-50k.

i bought mine with a spotless interior, some rocker/panel rust and a busted tranny for 1k. I also got a replacement tranny for free from an awesome 2002 collector.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:22 AM   #6
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I restored one a couple years back. The car is awesome to work on. Engines great and all. The MOST annoying part is all the rust. Its really hard to find one without rust.

Key areas that rust hides in these cars:

-rocker panels
-under bondo
-if you see rust or signs of repair on the rear shock mounts, RUN do not walk

the best part of driving these cars is the greenhouse. the roof is SO high, and the windshield is so tall. it just feels cool driving. that and the noise. mine had an ANSA exhaust, and it sounded awesome.
Good tip, thanks. I don't want it to be a show car, mainly just structurally sound. Any surface rust I'll probably just grind down/bondo up before I murder it out in flat black.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:23 AM   #7
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there were 2 versions of the transmission. one with fine splines and one with beefier splines on the output shaft. thats the only tranny thing i can think of. UNLESS youre thinking of the GUIBO. thats the rubber bushing coupler btwn the tranny and driveshaft. that thing fails every 40-50k.

i bought mine with a spotless interior, some rocker/panel rust and a busted tranny for 1k. I also got a replacement tranny for free from an awesome 2002 collector.
Are there any years that are better than others?
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:24 AM   #8
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Good tip, thanks. I don't want it to be a show car, mainly just structurally sound. Any surface rust I'll probably just grind down/bondo up before I murder it out in flat black.
if you find rust and dont care to repair it, at least coat it with POR15 to halt the rust. then you can murder it all you want.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:26 AM   #9
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Are there any years that are better than others?
theres a 2002 forum out there with a ton of info. i forget which years are better for that, but i wouldnt worry about it too much. its not the biggest problem, just something to be aware of.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:27 AM   #10
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if you find rust and dont care to repair it, at least coat it with POR15 to halt the rust. then you can murder it all you want.
Never used POR15 before- I take it that's the best rust inhibitor? Do any retail stores sell it or must I get it online?
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:28 AM   #11
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Never used POR15 before- I take it that's the best rust inhibitor? Do any retail stores sell it or must I get it online?
its a really solid rust stopper. ton of people swear by it. i've only seen it online.
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