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Don't get me wrong, but part of me is really bummed that Mobile Tradition remade the original option alloy wheels.  I seem to remember when I bought my 73tii from a couple of grainy photos sent after long conversations with the owner (yes, those once plentiful Roundel ads) that the optional alloy wheels were more than $1,000 a set.... in 1992 money.  Wonder what they's be worth today....?

 

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I personally only see blessings from having BMW Classic (nee Mobile Tradition), unless they choose to NLA more 2002 stuff.

 

I'm much less interested in the value of any parts increasing due to rarity - but that's just me.  Not in it for the "investment", unless that's personal enjoyment investment...where my 02 has and continues to reap me compounded rewards. 

 

Sweet wheels they are, regardless, David.  I'm pretty sure Conserv will know value/details, and will chime in. :)

 

Tom

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I wish they ran a twitter account or a Facebook page where they could communicate stuff about parts going NLA or even take requests for parts to remanufacture. It might help avoid the 'I placed an order but it is on permanent back order' situation that currently happens. They could also do special offers to try and move any stock that's hanging around. 

 

Not sure that fits with BMW's monolithic 'take it or leave it' model. 

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3 hours ago, 73tiiDavidPA said:

Don't get me wrong, but part of me is really bummed that Mobile Tradition remade the original option alloy wheels.  I seem to remember when I bought my 73tii from a couple of grainy photos sent after long conversations with the owner (yes, those once plentiful Roundel ads) that the optional alloy wheels were more than $1,000 a set.... in 1992 money.  Wonder what they's be worth today....?

 

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3 hours ago, 73tiiDavidPA said:

Don't get me wrong, but part of me is really bummed that Mobile Tradition remade the original option alloy wheels.  I seem to remember when I bought my 73tii from a couple of grainy photos sent after long conversations with the owner (yes, those once plentiful Roundel ads) that the optional alloy wheels were more than $1,000 a set.... in 1992 money.  Wonder what they's be worth today....?

 

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David,

 

I’m not certain a given 1992 asking price is particularly meaningful.  People ask crazy prices all the time, generally (a.) not selling the item or (b.) not selling the item for anywhere near that price.  They were roughly $200 per set as a dealer accessory during the ‘02 period, not wildly different from a good aftermarket rim of the same era.

 

Empty gesture perhaps, but given the low values of ‘02’s in general during the ‘90’s, I’d wager I could have found a set of the early OEM alloys for $100 back in 1992.  ?  I’ve bought lots of relatively rare ‘02 spares for very low $’s.

 

Best regards,

 

Steve

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Yeah, I agree that the curse is having no idea when, if ever, parts might poop out again.

It keeps others from developing them, since the 'I need license plate light' craze may dry up

next month when MT decides, oh, well, what the hell and makes them again.

Then some poor 'non- original' sucker is stuck with thousands in development and a 'non- original' curse

on the parts they worked hard on to fill a need.

 

blah.

 

t

 

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