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Told you I'd be back, now looking for my 2nd 2002.


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Hey everyone,

Well most of you wont remember me, but I was around about 6 months ago or so, bought a high miles '76 that needed some work, ended up putting the lynx kit in it with some other stuff, and had to sell do to money problems. Well now I'm back and looking for another 2002. This time I want to do it right though...

I learned a lot from my last bmw experience, and this time I want to do some things differently. Again, my long term goal is to have a nice handeling fast car, something I could possibly start autoxing with but mainly just a DD with some guts. After looking at some other cars including 318i's and such I still like the 2002 for its light weight and simplicity.

So now I have a little bit of money, about $3-4000 to play with. Last time I had a little less money, and I opted to get a car that needed work for cheap and use the money to build it up. That didnt work out as I planed, and this time I want to start off with a decent car. So again, the question 'what should I get?'.

I like the idea of fuel injection, and I like the look of the roundies with the euro bumpers. But am I going to be able to fine a Tii in good shape with maybe a little performance work done to it in the price range I'm looking for?

Also, my big question... will a Tii offer cheap upgrades in the future? I really liked my '76 with the lynx and that set up wasnt TOO expencive... if I get a Tii is it going to cost me a lot more $ to get the same hp/performance out of the motor?

I've watched ebay for the last few weeks and the forsale adds here and other bmw sites, but nothing has really caught my eye.

Any advice on places to look? Or is getting a good condition Tii for $3000 a pipe dream and I need to lower my standards?

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Welcome back.

A good tii can be found for the money you have. It is all a matter of figuring out what you can do yourself. Are you capable of basic mechanical repairs? How about a motor rebuild? Able to do body and paint work?

The other thing to ask yourself is do you NEED or do you WANT this car. If it is a want, then you should be very particular in what you get. Don't settle on a good deal, get the color, body, engine that you want. Sometimes it is really fun to just be in the market. I waited 2 years to get my tii. It just happened to come on the market and Rob T knew I was shopping.

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Personally, you will have a more solid car by staying away from the tii and the premium price in your range. That kind of money should buy a pretty solid, nearly rust-free pre-'74 non-tii. The condition of the body is always the most important thing if you are planning to keep the car for any period of time. If you get one with a good body and an interior you can live with, then the money and your time can go into the mechanicals. But, if the tii is what you really truly want and you can find one in your price range, I'm sure you won't be losing money should you decide to sell it down the road.

Gary

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130 stock horses in a 2200 pound car is lots of fun for me. I think it was advertised at 0 - 60 in 8.8 seconds, that ain't exactly slouching. You need to do quite a bit to a carb '02 to get that performance.

I had a '71 1600 / 2 liter with 10:1 Mahles, header, 38/38 Weber, mild cam (not sure which) and it was a lot of fun, too. The tii definitely is quicker to rev, though.

A good tii for $3k will take much patience to grab.

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I paid $2500 and it doesn't even run. I consider it a great deal. Tough to find roudie tii's under $5k, in any condition. You might find a conversion at that price though. I sold my 1972 2002tii for $3100, but it had a body transplant and some body damage.

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I would buy a solid car that I could have fun inmediately with. If rust is a problem in the area, I would look at buying something in CA or southwest, then I would look at a car with the best engine, something that would push me back on the seat. Third: I would avoid smog issues.

Tii or non tii - my take is you need to experience or own both! I used to be a tii snob, but lately I am having a blast with my 38/38 3.90 set up.

The only bad 02 is the one on blocks or sitting in a garage!

Michael

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I'm with Michael on getting the best car you can find. You did nice work on your last one and saw how you can burn down a bank acct pretty quickly. Gt the best one you can afford and ddrive it and make improvements as you go

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FYI, there is a 74tii on craigslist.org for $2900. It actually sounds pretty good. I have no relation to the seller and I have not seen the car.

Good luck in your hunt!

Arlen

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First off, I live in Arizona so I really wont even consider a car with any rust on it. I will buy a car from cali or the southwest.

Want vs need... this is kind of both. I mean if I just needed a car to get from point A to point B I'd probably end up with an old beat up civic or something, but I want to go in style and get there fast. I want a good vehicle, but I need a vehicle in the next few weeks or so. I cant really set back and wait for a perfect deal, as much as I would like to.

It seems getting an older non-tii would be the way to go. Even though it might not be as fast stock as a tii, it seems from what people are saying I can get into one much cheaper. Hopefully I could find one with some motor work already done, so I'm not staring from scratch...

Also, this is going to be my DD. So its not like I can get it and take it apart for 2 months and work on it (like my last one). Its got to be pretty much ready to drive... I can do weekend stuff but nothing major for a while.

Am I even going to get a decent vehicle for $3000? I know toyotas pretty well and my other option is to get an older 2x4 22r pickup. That would be very pratical and would run well, but want vs need... I WANT a 2002 ;).

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A tii is just more like wine than beer, but both will

get you drunk. A well tuned carburated car can

really kick ass, thats what the nascar boys are

running. Nothing wrong with a carburated 02.

They can be pretty fast and fun I know.

Bacchus is stock (my tii) and fast but so is my

38/38! Actually the biggest thrill is how fast you can

stop and turn.

Don't hurry, rent a car and find something that you

can keep for 10 years.

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very nice interior recovered recaros straight, non sunroof, mechanic maintained car- my buddy has it and he not have room. wants 3k. 1974 with complete tii conversion done by Bay Area's finest BMW wrench in 1988. let me know if you wnat more details. My buddy asked me to post this for him.

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