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How Much Was Your '02?


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I put "how much pay" into this site's search box.  i remembered the topic coming up recently so figured would kick start the list.


this forum has a pretty good native search function actually, and it gives you the option to do a google search of the site if you want.  (which Esty is adept at using!)


now let's see if anyone can top Toby's 2002 list in the other thread.... :)

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I looked up "how much did you pay" among a few other terms. Maybe tapatalk messes it up. I usually jump straight to Google with a search term and it takes me exactly where I want to go. Even with the Google based forum searches.

Maybe they just hate me. Hah. Oh well.

You can be as little or as much detailed as you'd like for this thread. Someone probably has some interesting stories here.

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And on that note, I paid $1200 (asking!) For my '75 generic-red-once-polaris with a (found out later) very tired, very dead engine. (Lesson learned here is to be weary of buying vehicles that the owner just finished driving).

-outer rockers are also trash

-rusty front floor pans

-general crappiness

-excellent front seats

My story is that I wanted to beat out several other potential buyers the same day I found out 2002's even existed (yes really). I thought it would be cool to show up in a Z3 so I took that to look at the car. normally the drive to Provo would take about 30 minutes... except this was a Friday at 5pm. Big mistake.

I couldn't put the top up on the Z. I had also neglected to charge the AC. AND I showed up to the guy's house cash-in-hand about two hours later. Did I mention it was about 95*F out?

Honestly it was probably heat stroke. But I made that horrible drive there and I sure as hell wasn't going home empty handed. I actually asked the guy for a drink because I was so dehydrated. I didn't even negotiate - I just wanted to leave. So I bought it. He probably would have taken $800 easily. Oh well.

So then I bought another '75 beyond repairable condition with what you guys call a "stage 3" engine. For only $1k. More worth it at least. Except now I have 5 cars.

Man... all I can say is I REALLY wish I had taken Rob's advice, you know? Knew a bit more? I guess sometimes you just jump right in.

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I paid $2250 for my 74 2002, I thought it was fairly cheap when I picked it up, but as I have discovered more about the car and the market, think it is ballpark market price. It has passable paint, and decent to nice interior, mechanically the main thing was the clutch was stuck, it would start and the engine didn't smoke or make any terrible noises. The seller said it shifted fine before the clutch stuck and seemed like a decent guy.

Some rust, I knew it had a fair amount, but discovered more when I spent a few days under it taking the tranny out. Worst was the left rear shock mount, I welded in new metal there, got the clutch unstuck, bled the brakes, changed the fluids and have had a blast bombing around in it and learning about a whole new kind of car, so it still seems like a great deal to me.

Lincoln, NE

74 2002

68 Triumph TR250

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I would certainly say so! I'm already into mine about the same amount and now I have two non running cars (broke the shift rod somehow, and the manifold needs to be drilled for the top mount linkage).

Oh and of course 3 of the 6 strut bolts that go through the pitman arms broke off. I have those welded together for a short term (not driving it)

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May 4, 1969...$3452 out Bavarian Motors' (Queens NY) door--sunroof, Michelin XAS tires were the only true options.  No radio (they were all dealer installed and rather than $140 for a Blaupunkt AM/FM I bought a generic one from JC Whitney for 59.95.  Still have both car and radio, but the latter isn't still in the former. 



'69 Nevada sunroof-Wolfgang-bought new
'73 Sahara sunroof-Ludwig-since '78
'91 Brillantrot 318is sunroof-Georg Friederich 
Fiat Topolini (Benito & Luigi), Renault 4CVs (Anatole, Lucky Pierre, Brigette) & Kermit, the Bugeye Sprite

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$1000 bucks for my 1 owner 60k original car. Way back when just after I got 'er running and washed.



'76 2002 in Malaga (110k Original, 2nd Owner, sat for 20 years and now a toy)
'86 Chevy K20 (6.2 Turbo Diesel build) & '46 Chevy 2 Ton Dump Truck
'74 Suzuki TS185, '68 BSA A65 Lightning (garage find), '74 BMW R90S US Spec #2

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The Monday just before Memorial Day 2012, I bought my '72tii, recently brought out of a nearly decade-long storage, New Mexico origins but brought to Maine, running but needing basic sorting out, with a/c, Konig seats, 14" MSW wheels (not the gold weaves in the pic), and a little rust on one rear shock tower, one door, and one rear fender arch, The car had been in the Roundel classifieds for as high as $9500. It came with a box of new parts including door seals and miscellaneous interior trim.

I saw the car on CL, spoke with the owner (a nice German gentleman), and messaged Andrew Wilson, president of the Maine BMW CCA chapter on FB. He called me back immediately. "Do you know this car?" I asked. He sent me a photo of the car next to his car, Vern, at a concours at the Owl's Head Museum in Maine. "What's the guy asking?" Andrew asked. I told him "$8500." "For that price, I think you'll be very happy with the car." I dropped everything, found the Bank of America and the U-Haul in the nearest town, reserved a transporter, drove up, and bought it on the spot.


I discuss the purchase in detail in the last chapter of my book, but did not name the price, as was the case for most of the cars in the book. I towed the car, and the parts, away for $5500. Why the guy -- a 'CCA member and professional mechanic who serviced German cars out of his house -- sold it to me for that price I'll never know. But he did say "I wanted an old 2002, and now I've had one. But I don't want to be working on an old car every weekend." I thought... I DO!


I like to think it was the last well-priced tii on the planet, my final chance to buy back into a tii before prices skyrocketed into the unobtaineosphere. 




The new book The Best Of The Hack Mechanic available at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0998950742, inscribed copies of all books available at www.robsiegel.com

1972 tii (Louie), 1973 2002 (Hampton), 1975 ti tribute (Bertha), 1972 Bavaria, 1973 3.0CSi, 1979 Euro 635CSi, 1999 Z3, 1999 M Coupe, 2003 530i sport, 1974 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special (I know, I know...)

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