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I was thinking. What is our reason for being here? Why have we not all fallen to the level of so many others, gone out and spent money on a Honda civic to drive around insted of our 2002's? For me, it's knowing that I have something unique, differant, and yet cool. Also the community that the 2002 has created over many years of being around. The people are all nice and almost everyone that has one has awesome story's about there car. Finnaly it's seeing other 2002's on the road. What's your reason for being here and not with the vast majority?

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A very complex answer, for me. But, I'll spare you all the boring details and just say that it's because modern cars, no matter who built them, bore me, terribly. I like a car that needs ME to keep it running right and reliably. I also love the way the 2002 does NOT separate the driver from the driving, like most modern cars do. Finally, although my first two 2002s are long gone, my current 2002 was purchased, new, by my late father and has been a cherished member of our family ever since.

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Everything is too complex these days. I like knowing that I can swap an engine in a day with another guy in a garage with nothing more than a basic wrench set. And as Osborne said, new cars are boring. The more you refine something, the less soul it has.

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For me. I want to be able to drive and feel the road.  I want to smell like gasoline and have my ears ring.  I enjoy looking for parts that are NLA.  I luv wondering,  "Will this piece come off or can I torch it?" One of my favorites is rolling down a window by hand only to realize I did not adjust it correctly (again). When you pull up to a light and someone always ask, "What year is that?"  But because of the sync link and ANSA all you hear is, "How queer is that!"

 

The best part is this. When you get in, crank her over, she takes somewhere that a new car, even one with onboard GPS, can't do.

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It is nice to feel needed.  My car needs me.  

Putting new parts in old cars warms my heart.

Thank you BMW for keeping so many available.

They want us to keep them alive.

To a certain extent, I feel obligated.

 

... excuse me while I go knock the welding spatter off my sub-frame and give it a coat of paint...

 

Quality time!

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+1 on all of the above.

I ask myself the same question on a regular basis. Some days I think I'd be better off with a reliable new sports car. Then I look at what's out there and I'm bored. I never get tired of looking at the 02. What is it? It's a boxy little car with oversized windows and small wheels, BUT it is just so darn cute, OR from other angles it's a sexy "bomb". Kudos to the designers, even if they didn't know what they were creating.

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+1 on all of the above.

I ask myself the same question on a regular basis. Some days I think I'd be better off with a reliable new sports car. Then I look at what's out there and I'm bored. I never get tired of looking at the 02. What is it? It's a boxy little car with oversized windows and small wheels, BUT it is just so darn cute, OR from other angles it's a sexy "bomb". Kudos to the designers, even if they didn't know what they were creating.

+1

Never considered myself an owner as much as a custodian. My responsibility to keep it going for the next generation.

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