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  1. HQ, welcome to the forum. Nice '02. I'd not ever seen one bagged, and like that you kept all the classic details. Your van reminds me of those Japanese custom vans. To those who're dissing his car, didn't your mom teach you that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything? Seriously, you welcome this guy to our forum with "I just threw up in my mouth a little. . ." Look at his list of cars. He's one of us, even if you don't like that he's bagged his '02.
  2. I looked at the other sellers to see whether that price was just an anomaly, and it is not. Here's a $688 version that is "not in the greatest shape." Perhaps it comes packaged with a set of mud flaps, a folding key or Hirschmann Jewel tipped antenna.
  3. The excitement over P-cars is unnatural. Folks will pay big money for even the red-headed-stepchildren of P-cars. 912s, 914-4s, 924s, 928s, 968s - all great cars, in their own special way, but not $75k great. I think this guy is smoking something, though, as the 912s I've seen tend to land about half that, maybe a bit more (which IMHO is still over priced). But, we benefit!!! I think the P-car craze spills over and it's largely responsible for our '02s selling for what they are.
  4. . . . and I can attest to a SEM black (don't recall whether it was Landau Black or if there's another) matching original black door card color quite well, and holding up well on the arm rests if your prep is good.
  5. Andy, that's a weirdly cool collection of weird cars.
  6. Now that you're comfortable pulling you instrument cluster, fix your odometer. It's pretty easy, and involves pulling the odo apart and mashing the shaft the drive gear sits on so the drive gear doesn't slip on the shaft. I'm sure there's a write up or tutorial somewhere here.
  7. Call Terry Sayther's Automotive in ATX and talk to them. They might not be able to do what you need, but will know who can. Terry is an old time BMW guy and still active in the classic BMW community.
  8. You're just talking a few mm, right? I don't think you'd have to space it back so no threads are sticking above the nut. If so, you'd probably not even notice the difference. Even if you were to space it back so there are no threads showing, you're only talking a cm, which again you'd not notice.
  9. Seems like the Z guys are very happy with the product. Z forum discussion with a link to more.
  10. I've seen them in real life - on a Jeep - and they're bright and the light pattern is very nice. The look is kinda busy, though, for a classic looking 2002. But, perhaps they'd be OK on a modded 2002, like your M2. Despite the nice pattern, I didn't shell out the $$$ for JWs for my Jeep. At the time, they were $400+ each, and that was too much for me. I bought some KCs, for about $250 each. The light pattern on them is OK, not great, but they do the job better than the stock candles.
  11. Yeah, I tape it to a length of coat hanger.
  12. I bought a cheap micro USB one from Amazon a while back, and would like to second Toby's point that adjustable focus is important and his recommendation to find one with a mirror. Mine doesn't get used, because the field of view when in focus is too small to be useful. Also, the wire is too flexible to orient it to see much of what I want. A mirror would definitely help that. BTW, I checked and the one I have is not available anymore, so perhaps the one linked above is better.
  13. Those who work in tall buildings might know Captivate - the display in the elevator that doles out adverts and inane news blurbs. Today's blurb on Lauda's passing was something to the effect of: Race car driver Nikki Lauda died yesterday. Lauda was seriously injured in a crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix.
  14. When I was a new driver maintaining my first car, dad taught me to put a smear of oil on the oil filter gasket and tighten it by hand. So, I've always done it this way and never had one that I could not remove by hand or with slight amount of torque with a tool. Dad also said not to use the screw driver removal method, because if the filter puts up a fight, you've destroyed the housing, making it impossible to use the Hazet type tool and likely too little purchase to use a strap wrench type tool. As they say, father knows best. . .
  15. Interesting our different takes on this. I have the polypropylene service cart, and it functions essentially as a mobile work table. I have a standing toolbox with all my stuff in it. I sometimes park next to the tool box and work from it, but it is (of course) in the garage. I prefer to work outdoors when the weather's nice, so I'll load up the cart with the tools I think I'll use and roll the cart over to the car. The cart also provides a place to put parts/nuts/bolts during the disassembly/assembly to keep them together and from getting in the way.

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