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Hey everyone,

I'm thinking about buying a BMW 2002 and then changing out the engine, transmission, and brakes.

(Possibly the exhaust and suspension too)

A few questions here:

1. How much does a BMW 2002 usually go for?

2. Would a V6 or even V8 fit in it?

3. Is it possible to buy new BMW engines?

4. What are some good sites/places I should visit to look for parts, etc?

Any other advice you can think of would be awesome.

Cheers

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Hey everyone,

I'm thinking about buying a BMW 2002 and then changing out the engine, transmission, and brakes.

(Possibly the exhaust and suspension too)

A few questions here:

1. How much does a BMW 2002 usually go for?

2. Would a V6 or even V8 fit in it?

3. Is it possible to buy new BMW engines?

4. What are some good sites/places I should visit to look for parts, etc?

Any other advice you can think of would be awesome.

Cheers

answers:

1. they go free all the way to new BMW prices

2. Anything will fit, even V12's

3. Last time I checked with the BMW dealer, they could still get them.

4. This forum has bunch of links

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...but I would suggest buying a BMW 2002 and then seeing if maybe

the original engine was, perhaps, worthy.

By driving it a lot.

Then maybe thinking about upgrades once I knew what I was starting with.

Stock, they don't suck TOO bad, and with some easy, small upgrades

they can be very nice cars.

...says the man who owns... umm... four right now.

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I am always amazed by people wanting to buy one...and then wanting to put some crazy huge engine in one....WHY????? I know...you have been told all your life that 150 HP is a horrible little number that could not possibly be fun or fast. Especially since we have 300 HP sedans selling...well take for account that this is a 2000 pound car and that the average car NOW is 3200 pounds...easy...so it HAS to be more powerful. Remember the more it weighs the harder it is to turn and stop once you get that mass going. The 2002 is a light, agile, and fun car...it was the "Giant Killer" of its day. It was faster on a track than cars much more powerful because of its great handling, braking and lighter weight. So before you go stuffing a big and heavy engine in it, drive a tastefully modded one...and you may realize that a V6 or V8 is not required. To answer your question , they can be made to fit...but the hotter swap is the E30 M3 engine which puts out between 200-250 HP and in this car will be faster than a Carrera, or anything under about $75,000....until the wind resistance gets to it at about 140 MPH....Pricewise you are talking about 10-12k for the engine and swap, then another maybe $5k for the car...add in some miscellaneous costs and you are in the $20k range....Yup it can be done cheaper if you can do alot of the work and you find great deals on parts...Oh and since you are in LA...and I am sometimes...I'd be glad to meet up and take you for a spin in the canyons in a lightly modded 2002 with a 2 liter 4 cylinder with a cam, carbs and exhaust...

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I'd be glad to get a feel of what the engine feels as of now. (jrhone, just email me if you're free and in town - auyoung.r@gmail.com)

Should I get the 2002, I would be driving it around first because I'm a little bit rusty on driving a manual.

The reason I want to to put a V6/straight 6 or V8 into the car isn't because of the extra power it will give, but because I like the feel or the turbos kicking for a 6 cylinder and the rumble of a V8.

I'd be willing to spend about 20-25g on the car.

Do you guys know of any specialist 2002/BMW shops in the greater LA area?

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The reason I want to to put a V6/straight 6 or V8 into the car isn't because of the extra power it will give, but because I like the feel or the turbos kicking for a 6 cylinder and the rumble of a V8.

Try the sound of dual 40 sidedrafts, for a very different experience that is as good or better in some ways. If you'd rather have the sound of a turbo, then why mess with a V6? The 4 cylinder in the 2002 has been proven to handle turbos from the both the BMW factory and in the most powerful F1 engines.

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