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Hello Everyone,

I recently bought a 1974 BMW 2002 completely stock. It has been sitting in an indoor heated underground parking for 7 years! I looking to revive it and turn it into daily driver, I am really excited and am completely bitten by the 02 bug.

I do have a couple of questions:

1. Any ideas for the best way to restart it? Any advice or suggestions?

2. Also I looking to exchange the American bumpers for a European bumper look. Anybody have a set of these European bumpers for sale?

3. Because it has been sitting for 7 years, it looks like the tires still held their air however, will be needing tires soon, and I might as well get the wheels of my preference too. I am looking for this set up for sale?

Wheels: 15x7 et25 Rota RBs

Tires: 195x50x15

Really looking forward to getting this little car on the road.


Jorge F. Rodriguez


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Welcome! First of, your biggest resource here is the search function.

Any ideas for the best way to restart it? Any advice or suggestions?

This is the perfect example of a question a lot of new 02's have had. I suggest buying the Haynes Manual http://www.amazon.com/1602-2002-1959-77-Haynes-Manuals/dp/0856962406 and then search the forum for the plethora of discussion on this exact topic.

Lastly, let's see some photos of your new car!

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Since you live in WI, I hope you don't plan on driving your 02 during the winter months. If you do, you better have deep pockets to pay for rust restoration, i.e. road salt and 2002's don't go well together. Find a beater car to drive during the winter and use your 02 during the rest of the year.

Welcome to the insanity, use the forum search for answers from owners who have been there, done that.


74 tii (many mods)
91 318i M42

07 4Runner

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Drain the old gas (fuel filter wouldn't hurt)

get a new battery (if required)

check the fluids (top up as necessary)

give it a try

If successful, look for fuel leaks, let it warm up, check the fluids again and take it for a little run.

Take a look at the fluids after and change as required

worked for my TII after sitting for 8 or so years.

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Also, check the rubber around the drive shaft center support. Stick your head underneath the car, grab the drive shaft somewhere near the bearing and give it a good rattle.

Mine had rotted away (bearing was fine). Felt like a tire out of round. Ended up with a new set of tires/rims before I looked underneath and found that.

re: the other oils: As long as they're not full of water, my thoughts are to get them warmed up, stir up the crap that has settled over 8 years, then change them. Maybe even put cheap stuff in, drive it for a bit, then change them for good stuff.

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