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2002 Auto Cross.


Nesset127

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Well I have a 76 2002 as some of you may know. It is almost all stock but the weber 32/36 carb and BBS wheels. Nothing done to the suspension in the last 37 years. Pretty damn floaty excuse my French but it makes one hell of a awesome handling road car! My main question here is there is a BMW Car Club even here in Washington every few months called the BMW Car Control Clinic, yes I am acting like only Seattle does it because I'm not sure if it is a wide spread thing. I really want to do it it's nothing really hard on the car I'm just not sure if I want to subject my car to that kind of abuse. Mainly because I don't exactly trust it getting me there and back in one piece.

I live a 150 mile round trip there so not totally sure. Car has 64k on the chassis and 10k on a motor. BMW replaced it in 1995. Still a carburated M10 nothing out of the ordinary. So should I do it? I have been volunteering for it for the last year and LOVE it. I drive my dads friends E92 M3 there but I really want to bring my little classic and show them new bimmers what's what! But all jokes aside would it be decently possible? Thanks for the input guys!

Cheers and see you on the road 2002ers!

-Nesset

Edit (also it is my first car so that's why I don't really trust it quite yet)

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I'd give it hell man, I'm building mine to take all the abuse from back roads, to tsd rallies, drags, and autocross. I'd say give it a thorough look over and replace anything that seems worn or sloppy and go from there. Since the first day I had the car I took it for a couple nasty speed runs out to the Rockies and had a blast, these cars are made for it so long as it is kept in decent shape

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I daily mine in all weather, in NYC, 40 miles a day, and run it to near redline often. On the weekends 80-90mph for 1 hour stints at a time is a normal thing for the car, right up between 4000 and 5000 rpm without a hiccup. I thought I killed the motor once, when i heard a terrible knock... I barely got halfway through my final goodbyes before I drained the oil looking for chunks of bearing and realized only 2 quarts came out... ran low on oil. New oil, sound disappeared. In short, there is very little that you can do to damage the car that someone else hasn't tried in the past 40 years on your exact car. 

 

Just live by the mentality "if it breaks, it was going to anyway" and you start trusting your car a lot more. 

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