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  1. First car was my parents' '76 264. That imprinted the boxiness gene, which lay dormant until the '74 '02 came along...
  2. Maybe this is the company’s way of acknowledging that their best product last rolled off the line in 1976 and that they should’ve quit when they were ahead! In BMWNA’s usual spot:
  3. This is the '02 that was part of the famous, yet now dismantled, Spindle sculpture outside Chicago. They're selling it on ebay. It may need a bit of attention, though it comes with a free '67 VW Beetle! http://www.ebay.com/itm/292043554042?rmvSB=true#viTabs_0
  4. Spotted this '02 in the trailer for the New York Film Festival the other night. It's from a scene in the new Mike Mills picture 20th Century Women. The movie's set in 1979 so the car may just be a background player, but you never know.
  5. Here's a selection from yesterday's vintage gathering pre-Lime Rock. That red '55 could hurt someone, though it looks like they added a padded bra of sorts for that black '57. Of course, those rear fins could certainly do some damage. Nice mid '60s and '70s examples too. No '02s in the crowd, but there were a couple of nice coupes.
  6. Wow. This is why I love this board. Thanks for that detailed explanation. I suspect that the fiberboard piece you mentioned that holds the light in place is to blame. Will have a look the next time I have access to the car and will report back.
  7. When idling or at low revs, and regardless of whether the sunroof is open, the roof of my car rattles terribly. It only stops when I press against the roof near the dome light. Has anyone had this problem? I considered sticking some sort of shim in there but then thought it would come loose, get stuck back there, or interfere with the operation of the sunroof. Thanks.
  8. I'm in, though my car is parked a bit far from my apartment.
  9. I would imagine. In fact, I think it's in the contract when you buy a medallion!
  10. Evidently, any make of car will do, as long as it's the right color: From The New York Times April 29, 2012 New Taxicabs Are Green, Literally By KATE TAYLOR Call it how you see it: Lime. Mint. Wasabi. Or perhaps you might prefer a nonedible comparison. Think Kermit the Kab. The color of the city’s new taxi for boroughs outside Manhattan was unveiled Sunday by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and in the mayor’s eyes the hue was an “apple green.” Standing before a Prius painted in the bright green hue, Mr. Bloomberg held up a green apple and declared that apple green would be “the official name for this color.” “We think ‘apple green’ is attractive and distinctive,” he said at a news conference at City Hall. “It’s easy on the eyes and easy to pick out from a distance in traffic.” Four months after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation enabling the city to start selling licenses for taxis that could respond to street hails in the boroughs outside Manhattan, and 10 days after the Taxi and Limousine Commission adopted rules governing the new fleet, the major outstanding mystery about the new taxis was the color. In recent months, word leaked that the color would most likely be some variety of green, because the new taxis had to be distinct from yellow cabs as well as from the city’s emergency vehicles. But the taxi and limousine commissioner, David S. Yassky, who was wearing a sea-foam-colored tie for the unveiling ceremony, said the final decision was made “very recently.” The commission chose the color in consultation with a design firm, Smart Design, and the city’s tourism arm, NYC & Company, Mr. Bloomberg said. The city will start accepting applications on May 29 for the first 6,000 licenses; it will offer 12,000 additional licenses in the following two years. Individuals can buy only one license, unless they purchase licenses for wheelchair-accessible cars, in which case they can buy up to five. Under the law, 20 percent of the new taxis must be wheelchair-accessible. Although the car on display at the news conference was a Toyota Prius — it was in fact one of the taxi commission’s enforcement cars — the new taxis can be any make of car. A spokesman for the commission, Allan J. Fromberg, said many auto shops around town would be able to paint licensed cars in the new color. Not everyone agreed that the color evoked an apple. “Mint,” pronounced Metka Hovnik, 22, a college student from Slovenia, looking at a picture of the car. Even one of the mayor’s aides suggested that a better comparison might be pistachio ice cream. Thomas Boskett, a professor at Parsons The New School for Design and an expert in color theory, called the color “a warm wasabi.” “I love the robustness,” he said. “It’s actually nice that they’re picking a color that seems kind of intense.” At the same time, the apple reference highlighted for him what was lacking in the car’s color: namely, complexity and variation. “If you’re going to reference an apple, then reference an apple, and give it some humanity — don’t design something that’s like a plastic toilet brush,” Professor Boskett said. “Give it some subtlety; give it some nuance,” he continued. “This just looks like they covered it in one big, pasty green.” More in N.Y. / Region (1 of 45 articles
  11. that its current customer (remember the cactus joke?) needs to be reminded that he has a big engine and that he spent a lot of money for it. An '02 driver, on the other hand, knows what he's got, and would be happy with a better door seal.
  12. This puts I-Drive to shame: An editorial from today's TIMES: January 25, 2012 Warning: The Next Sound You Hear Will Not Be Your Engine By SERGE SCHMEMANN When you pay $100,000 for a red-hot BMW M5, you expect the twin-turbo V8 to emit a mighty song. Those who drive this superbrutal version of the midsize BMW are not generally in search of silence. And a nudge on the accelerator fills the cabin with a richly satisfying ascent from low rumble to high scream. But it’s a recording, a virtual roar. I was stunned when I first learned in the December issue of Automobile magazine that the sound you hear inside a 2013 M5 will be coming from its speakers, and, to judge by subsequent letters and Web chatter, I am not alone. “I don’t believe it! A car that lip-synchs!” moaned one correspondent. The sound doesn’t even come from a microphone in the engine compartment, which would make some perverse sense, but from a digital recording: “a discreet soundtrack in keeping with the harmonious and assured characteristics of the V8 power plant,” BMW explains in its literature. Stomping on the gas pedal, the Bavarians continue, “prompts an immediate audible response to match the instantaneous — and typically M — burst of power from beneath the bonnet.” They call it Active Sound Design. I tried to put this in perspective. We all know that much of what we hear in life is not really so. Canned laughter and “sweetened” applause have been TV staples for decades, and all the slamming doors, breaking glass and squealing tires you hear in movies are sound effects. (I always notice when they have tires squealing on dirt roads.) Natalie Wood doesn’t actually sing “I Feel Pretty” in “West Side Story.” When recording artists go flat, electronics get them back on tune, and Broadway theaters use wireless mics. Our daily life is filled with electronic pianos, ring tones, the disembodied voice giving you your bank balance over the telephone. Even silence can be electronic, courtesy of sound-canceling headphones. I remember visiting the East-West German border at the Fulda Gap before the Wall came down. That was where the Soviet tanks were supposed to come rushing in at the outbreak of World War III, and the guards on both sides put on a great show of preparedness. I was on the West German side. And from the East, I kept hearing roosters crowing and dogs barking. After a while, I realized that it was the same crowing and barking at intervals. It was a recording. The East German side was a no-man’s land, and the intention was apparently to make visitors believe all was well over there. Of course, the BMW’s engine recording is really what you would hear if the car did not have extraordinary sound insulation. And I can appreciate BMW’s quandary. Buyers of powerful cars place a high premium on the “exhaust note,” and manufacturers spend a lot of money getting it right. At the same time, high-end cars are expected to filter out the sounds of the mundane world. BMW might further argue that electronics are taking over many other functions. Stability control that helps control a car during a skid. Screens that mimic mechanical speedometers. So why is Active Sound Design so surprising? For one thing, the electronic driving aids and displays make no pretense about what they’re doing. Recorded engine sounds, however, are a deliberate deception. They’re like going to a concert and listening to a recording. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind buying a BMW recording and installing it in my ’96 Jeep Cherokee.
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