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    BMW 2002 FAQ has been the go-to resource for all your BMW 2002 and Neue Klasse car needs for over 20 years. Founded in 2002, this site quickly became the primary resource for vintage BMW owners. Today, it boasts over one million forum posts, 300 blogs, and 200 articles covering everything from news and events to technical instructions. The site has a gallery with over 6,000 images, a wheel database, a growing video collection, and 17 location-specific clubs. With a full calendar of BMW 2002 and Neue Klass events and an ever-increasing registry, the BMW 2002 FAQ is the place for any BMW enthusiast.

     

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  • BMW Neue Klasse - a birth of a Sports Sedan

    BMW Neue Klasse - a birth of a Sports Sedan

    Unveiling of the Neue Klasse Unveiled in 1961, BMW 1500 sedan was a revolutionary concept at the outset of the '60s. No tail fins or chrome fountains. Instead, what you got was understated and elegant, in a modern sense, exciting to drive as nearly any sports car, and yet still comfortable for four.   The elegant little sedan was an instant sensation. In the 1500, BMW not only found the long-term solution to its dire business straits but, more importantly, created an entirely new
    History of the BMW 2002 and the 02 Series

    History of the BMW 2002 and the 02 Series

    In 1966, BMW was practically unknown in the US unless you were a touring motorcycle enthusiast or had seen an Isetta given away on a quiz show.  BMW’s sales in the US that year were just 1253 cars.  Then BMW 1600-2 came to America’s shores, tripling US sales to 4564 the following year, boosted by favorable articles in the Buff Books. Car and Driver called it “the best $2500 sedan anywhere.”  Road & Track’s road test was equally enthusiastic.  Then, BMW took a cue from American manufacturers,
    The BMW 2002 Production Run

    The BMW 2002 Production Run

    BMW 02 series are like the original Volkswagen Beetles in one way (besides both being German classic cars)—throughout their long production, they all essentially look alike—at least to the uninitiated:  small, boxy, rear-wheel drive, two-door sedan.  Aficionados know better.   Not only were there three other body styles—none, unfortunately, exported to the US—but there were some significant visual and mechanical changes over their eleven-year production run.   I’ve extracted t
  • Not the 49-Mile Drive-2023, 9 December, 2023-- Save the Date

    12/09/2023, 05:30 PM
    See below for rally start details, Driver's Protocol and Route Instructions! Hey, December is coming up fast— that means Not the 49-Mile Drive on 9 December is getting close! As you know from the BayArea 02 calendar, our rally around San Francisco is the 2nd Saturday in December.  At this point our Rallymeister is still working on the route so we do not yet have gathering details in place. But we’re considering finishing near an Off the Grid location where you can buy from a food

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    SF Bay Area Neue Klasse & Kaffee - Los Gatos

    12/16/2023, 04:00 PM    12/17/2023, 07:00 AM
    Neue Klasse and Kaffee is a monthly gathering of BMW Neue Klasse and other Vintage Cars in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Los Gatos events are on the third Saturday of every month. All fun cars and people are welcome!   We will gather downtown Los Gatos in Parking Lot 3 behind Loma Coffee Bar.  2002FAQ will provide coffee and Doughnuts. 2002 FAQ will be on-site from 8:00 am to 11:00 am   http://neueklasseundkaffee.com      

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  • steering shaft is a poor ground for horn

    I'm troubleshooting why the horn doesn't work on my '71 with Momo steering wheel, and it seems my steering shaft is a particularly bad ground.  I measure a resistance of 1500-2000 ohms to ground!  Which got me thinking- the steering shaft's ground is across the steering guibo with a braided strap or coil, through the steering box, into the subframe, and to the chassis.  But with paint (or in my case, fresh powdercoat) between the subframe and steering box (and subframe to chassis), shouldn't the

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    Good leakdown, bad compression

    I am rehabilitating an old racecar.  1.8 head, schrick 316, custom pistons, 12:1, efi, haltech.   Just purchased, no idea on last state of motor condition.  Hasnt run since 2017.  Head rebuild in 2016, bottom ends last known rebuild was early 2000ish.   Oil looked good 1 plug smelt really bad (burnt electonics) 2,3,4 smelt normal: picture below 1 is closest cranks over smoothly without plugs valvetrain visually looks good while cranking   comp

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    Parking Brake | IE Disc Brake Conversion?p

    I am having trouble getting the parking brake to engage with my newly installed IE disc brake conversion. The cable is brand new and I have tried adjusting the cable as far as it would go at the parking brake handle, but the mechanism on the caliper wouldn't turnIs there something I must do to the caliper?    It is the cast calipers, not the aluminum ones.    Do I need to adjust something in the caliper? Or am I just being dumb?   I have also noticed that the piston

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  • Cyber Monday SALE! Get up to 20% OFF ALL ITEMS and FREE shipping

    For the first time in our history, we decided to do a Cyber Monday sale. Everything is on sale. The more you spend, the more you save! Up to 20% off plus free shipping https://store.bmw2002faq.com/   10% off everything for purchases under $100 or   Find our Newest items at  https://store.bmw2002faq.com/collections/new    

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    History of the BMW 2002 and the 02 Series

    In 1966, BMW was practically unknown in the US unless you were a touring motorcycle enthusiast or had seen an Isetta given away on a quiz show.  BMW’s sales in the US that year were just 1253 cars.  Then BMW 1600-2 came to America’s shores, tripling US sales to 4564 the following year, boosted by favorable articles in the Buff Books. Car and Driver called it “the best $2500 sedan anywhere.”  Road & Track’s road test was equally enthusiastic.  Then, BMW took a cue from American manufacturers,

    Mike Self
    Mike Self
    History and Reference 1

    Rev Up Your Style: Introducing Exciting New BMW 2002 T-Shirt and Hoodie Designs!

    Attention, BMW 2002 enthusiasts and fashion-forward gearheads! We are thrilled to unveil our latest additions to the BMW 2002 merchandise collection - two stunning new t-shirt designs and their hoodie counterparts, ready to elevate your style to the next gear. Alpine Sunset Drive T-Shirt Picture yourself cruising through the picturesque alpine landscape, the sun setting on the horizon, and your BMW 2002 turning heads wherever you go. This vibrant t-shirt captures the essence of the ope

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  • Freeing Stuck Rear Brake Adjusters

    One of my least favorite jobs on a 2002 is adjusting the rear brake shoes in order to lessen the brake pedal travel. In principle, it's easy—you just pull off the rear wheels, take a 17mm open-end wrench, put it on each of the two adjusting nuts on the backing plate behind each brake drum, rotate the drum, turn the adjuster until you can hear and feel the shoe rubbing against the drum, back the adjuster off a tiny bit, do the other adjuster, then move to the other side and do the same on the oth

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    The Hack Mechanic 20

    Front Strut Replacement The Hack Mechanic Way

    Front Strut Replacement   Overview Okay. It's time to replace your front struts. Maybe you're doing it as part of a shocks-and-struts job. Maybe you're updating the entire suspension—shocks and struts, springs, and sway bars. Maybe you're doing a full front end refresh including ball joints, tie rods, center track link, and idler bushings. Maybe you're doing an undercarriage refresh and are sandblasting and repainting the subframe and strut housings at the same time.   W

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    The Hack Mechanic 12

    Chillin' Louie: To Coldly Blow (Part IX: Firing it up, buttoning it up)

    Okay, with the compressor and bracket, condenser and fan, evaporator assembly, receiver-drier, hoses, and wiring installed, it was time to fire it up, then button it up. Similarly, with the project itself complete, it's time to button up this series of articles. As such, this is a long piece that touches on a number of topics.   Leak detection   There's a whole chapter in my a/c book devoted to leak detection, and specifically to the use of nitrogen or other dry inert gas to

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    thehackmechanic
    The Hack Mechanic 5
  • Typ188 LSD

    My 4.10 lsd acted up so it was time to take it apart. Two ring gear bolts had come off and rest were hand tight. I guess my semi hard locking compound melted away. Bolt(s) jammed gear so that it didn't go backwards at all. One of the friction plates had all teeth cut off and pressure plate was toasted. Metal flakes all over the place. Bearings had to go so full build for this was in order.   Machine shop turned and resurfaced pressure ring alright. Took 0.30 mm off. They told me that Z

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    VLOG: 1972 Resto Mod (Road Race) BMW 2002 Turbo

    We will be documenting this build in pretty good detail. Our medium is VIDEO, so there will be videos about 8-20 minutes long posted to this blog every few weeks to few months (months if we get really busy with production work). We are not new to fabrication, but we are new to this chassis. Feel free to share your comments or suggestions.   If you want to support the build, there are 2 ways: 1. Watch our YouTube videos all the way through and leave a comment and a thumbs up!

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    Rogue Fab's 1972 BMW 2002 Race E10 Resto Mod 1

    Fixing a hole(s) where the rain gets in

    Been dreading this, but finally got around to it this weekend, which motivated me to start a blog and post the prior pictures.   I got TIG welder, but still haven't practiced with it. So, when it came to filling the holes left by removing the diving boards, I was hoping for another route, since my impressing is filling holes with a TIG is not entry level. I found this great video on how to fill holes with solder and was hopeful. I had also found a similar one from MuggyWeld, but u

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    Holey diving boards! 1
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