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  1. Looks cute on my car - like mini me 🙂
  2. Nah, it was a split hose that I simply could not see in the parking lot... it's fixed and it's back on the road. Wasn't even expensive - in hindsight I could have done it myself but I had the car flat bedded to a shop so I wasn't gonna go work on that in their parking lot 😉 But my point was " Good cars break down at convenient locations"
  3. It's not been a great year for my 2002's reliability. First my wife blew a clutch (technically a piece of plastic somewhere in the mechanism) in the worst possible intersection downtown... That was expensive due to a shoehorned 5 speed and "while you're in there" new parts... Then this week the car stranded her (and I since I went there to help) in traffic, would no longer climb a hill, though luckily I found out it was just a plug lead that vibrated itself off - I expected worse - FYI a 2002 engine doesn't run well at all on 3 cylinders (wonder if it's because it's inline?)... Tonight, armed with a new clip to hold the plugs and my new clutch, I decided to take the kids to dinner as the wife was working late... I get to the parking lot of our restaurant and notice a suspicious trail leading....to my parked car... Oops. Puddle of liquid forming under the car by the firewall... Yup, coolant. Oddly, the radiator was still pretty full despite the swimming pool under there... I cannot find where it came from, the hoses look dry, top of the engine looks dry, I suspect the bypass from the block to the block, to avoid the heater core. But that also looked dry and it is a metal pipe ! Heck if I can figure out where the leak is... But it's there... I considered the radiator level, lack of traffic and 10 minute distance to my house but since we were at the restaurant anyway, I decided not to risk a head gasket and called AAA while we ordered food. Ate our food rapidly, paid the bill, AAA truck showed up early as I was signing the check ! Nice guy loads the car, gives us a ride to my mechanic, I buy his dinner (not my fault he just wanted a sandwich!), lucky my mechanic is still there working late and shelters the car... Since he's a 20 min walk from my house, we decide to hoof it... And my wife shows up late from work just at the right time to intercept us 30 seconds before we have to climb the super steep hill we live atop of. Clean living and decent Karma, I tell you.... Kids were freaked out one time we had a breakdown in the Alfa romeo at night - never knew a car could break - but they handled this with glee... And rode in a tow truck ! Really lucky because the wife and I drove this car all week because one of our commuters is at the shop. Didn't happen in the city, on the golden gate bridge, or the freeway, nope - it happened at my destination while we were munching a burrito. Good cars break down at home or at a restaurant 😉
  4. Who's blaming their wives? Just an observation that my car(s) always seem to break down in the hands of other people 😉 If anything she's blaming me for some reason... You should have heard the rant when the clutch went at rush hour mid intersection ! >Are you sure the bakelite ends were fully pushed onto the threaded plug ends? Certain, the car ran fine for 2-3 months.. This just happened on today's commute, I guess a bump on the road. I will use those clips, or make some to lend the wire end some support. Had no idea they even existed, never had them. Side note, I've ran 912s and 356s on 3 cylinders many many times due to bad carbs. You notice it but it's not disabling. My 02 did not like that one bit by comparison, it was completely refusing to accelerate... Anyway all good now...
  5. Good idea on the clamps... I will do that instead, probably. What;s odd is the old wires never were clamped and never moved. Thanks !
  6. She has the worst luck with my 2002. This car has been with me 12 years and never once broke down...for me. My wife drives it twice this year, first time the clutch snaps in the middle of the busiest intersection EVER, this time she's calling me from the side of the road (she took it as her car is in the shop) saying it's running like shit and not pulling at all... Off to the rescue.... Because my gas gauge - despite recalibration - is only moderately accurate, I first tried some fresh gas. Nope... Had to pull over again before making it home, running really rough and exhaust farting... If it's not fuel it's electrical so I checked the EFI computer connections, nope, looked on the other side and .... surprise, the #2 spark plug wire fell off and was danging over the manifold... Man that stuff is HOT and hard to put back in when your fingers are almost touching a burning metal pipe 😉 Vroom.. So part of me is happy I was able to fix a small issue and the car is OK, part of me is annoyed because those spark plug wires were sold to me as "the best for the car" - and are brand new as of a few months ago - clearly the shitty ones that were on for the past 10y never fell out... The new ones did ! They're of the long bakelite tube type, and the end "threads" a bit on the plug end, but really there is *no support* of any kind for the long tube/wire to stay in place. I can see it doing that again (falling off). In hindsight I wonder if there shouldn't be a rubbery (non melting) gasket/cap of sorts to holds that tube in the head more securely, or something... it would also prevent crud from falling into the plug hole when replacing them... Can someone please recommend a wire that will never fall off short of a nearby nuclear blast ? Wife is losing faith in the orange beast... 73MY base car with EFI if it matters. PS: pic of what I mean attached, 911 plug wires (top pic) for instance have that "cap" that secures the plug better than the 2002 wires I have (bottom) and are free floating in the head.
  7. You'll be happier with this one... I had a GTV and a 2002 sharing a garage, and while there is no doubt in my mind the GTV is prettier and look more special, the 2002 is by far way more fun and comfortable to drive, all the time... just thinking of the Alfa (now sold) and my sciatica flares up... can't imagine who came up with that driving position...
  8. Every classic car belongs somewhere on a "Fun / Cost" chart. At some point they jump the shark for some people, that point varies based on whether you used to have one and back then it cost next to nothing, or you never had one and now you have $$$ and want one... Also we tend to record "the price of things" at a static point in our past and have a hard time moving from there. Personally I could never pay $100K for a 75 hp porsche 356A that I then bought for $10K (and sold for 15 - idiot) back then... I want one again, but not at that price, ever. Some of you will *never* stomach $35-45K for a nice TII that used to be $5K. And yet here we are... Hell, a new 3 series Bimmer is still 25K in my head - it's more like 45 nowadays. All I can conclusively tell you is a) like you I am annoyed at that escalation regarding cars I cannot buy b) in contradiction I sank so much $ in my 2002 I am glad to see it worth something, and more cars worth restoring c) having owned multiple "now expensive" Porsches I can tell you the BMW 2002 100% DESERVES to be in the same group of appreciating cars. $ for $ it's always been more fun than the above Porsches or what have you... If an early 911 is now $70-200K based on model (T E or S) a 2002 is fine shape is totally worth 30+ now - more for a Tii... Electrification might make this worse - I can see an electrified future where gas cars are forbidden in cities and yet people keep one stick shift classic that makes vroom vroom noises - regardless of expense/laws, and the price goes even higher...
  9. And does that makes it flow better and not spit gas back ? I'd have thought the angle of that rubber piece is the problem and remains a problem, and you might spill inside your trunk.. So you attached the rubber filler back to the gas cap collar and it just flops around there not attached to anything solid? Yeah please post a pic, I'm curious as to how that setup works...
  10. Still can't figure out file attachment in the body of the text here... Sorry... I've been meaning to buy this since I spotted http://www.kooglewerks.com/ accidentally on this board... Finally did, took about 3 weeks to get to me because it is handmade... This is not a complete report yet because the main goal was to stop the fuel pump "burp / reflux" into my 2002, and the filler extension I had bought never completely cured it - though it was better. And I still have not refilled ironically, just finished this last night !!! Report in another post later today. So I ordered the kit from Kooglewerks... It's not cheap at $500 and I know 2002'ers are cheap bastards, me included, but look at the craftsmanship ! The formed receptable, the gorgeous welds, The added initials of the maker, hell the thing came in a wooden box !! Who does that anymore ? I applaud the owner for his skills and high standards... Installation was a little sucky, but it is not the kit's fault, it's par for the course in my case... The issues I had were because I left the outside gas cap installed for a stock look, so I had to align everything properly: the new filler to the trunk "plate" to the gasket to the metal ring attaching the old gas cap, which is a lot of crap to align properly - and it only goes one way which is no longer obvious after your pudgy fingers drop one piece of the puzzle 3 times because there is no space there 😉 After cleaning up years of grime of the gas cap inner ring and re-gluing the now useless gasket, I cut up some coat hanger to make 4 straight pins to align the puzzle pieces properly allowing it to be screwed on without swearing at it. My lower back wishes I'd thought of that 15 min earlier... The other fun bit is the rubber coupler between the 2 pipes - it is is EXACTLY the right size and needs to be for safety, and it will not go on easy without lots of efforts and lube, lots of lube... I also had to copiously sand the tank filler neck and that helped a lot. At first I feared some misalignment and potential necessary cuts to the filler neck (pic5) but once everything is tightened properly the alignment is actually much better than on that picture. Can't show you because it's under the rubber connection now. Looks good - proper hand made/welded piece of kit right there, I will fill up tonight and hopefully report success !!! I know I need to beautify my trunk at little...
  11. I've sold my Alfa there recently... it did *VERY* well - 25% over what I'd have asked privately . Good site to sell, not to buy IMO. Things of note in my experience as a seller: - BaT are slow. It will take time to submit your car. When accepted, more time to post your car. Could be a month between when you decide and when it goes FS. Also the write up is theirs, not yours, and sometimes misses stuff you think is important...So stay on top of it. - The peanut gallery is savage. If you put a car with issues there, it will get picked apart. It takes a lot patience to answer ALL the questions politely, and there will be really stupid questions (answered in the description or showing lack of basic comprehension). It's your job to not say "RTFM" but re-explain and not be snarky about it. The more engaged and responsive you are, the better. One guy said my bumper was crooked... Took all I had not to reply "send me a picture of your face, your eyes are crooked" - instead I sent pics of bumper measurements *proving* his face was crooked but never called him on it 😉 - You cease to exist to BaT after the auction is done. The buyer could not pay, lie, cheat, they don't care. at best you get your fee back and lost a month. They never even contacted me back after I emailed and called regarding buyer issues. It worked out in the end but they offer zilch for support post sale. Oh, before the auction, they email you and even try to negociate your reserve price downwards (!!) - which you do not have to agree to, but after, you cease to exist. There is no ranking for buyers like for commenters, so standard protection mechanisms apply. If the car is nice and you step to the plate, it will do $$$$$. If it's so-so and you are honest about it, it'll do OK too. If you try to hide something, you'll get trampled. I've seen it, kinda fun sometimes... Be honest and present and you will do better than private sale, if you have the time and will to go through it. It's a rush at auction end. PS: fix the damn oil leak and keep the car
  12. Ha, well played Vespa Guy, wish I'd known that before redrilling my new hood and trunk 😉
  13. Where would you buy a new unit anyway ? AFAIK hey are NLA and used ones are a crapshoot... I had my gauge recalibrated to match my 3rd Ebay used sender ;-( Turned out expensive if you factor in the bad ones I bought and the gauge redo. Good luck with the broken wire, best way to go if that's your problem.
  14. Thanks. That’s what I thought - mine’s been off an on a few times and it didn’t feel particularly strong. I’ll put in the 320 one on when it arrives. Easy job now !
  15. Just asking - what kind of clip do you normally see on the pin that goes through the shifter? I have this puny e-clip (like mintgruen’s post above), seems risky to trust my shifting to this - unless it’s just extra safety and normally the pin doesn’t slide out that easy? I can’t tell how sideways my wife pulled as I was under the car. I already ordered a different kind from bmw (e21) that is like a folded over type and seems sturdier. I want to be sure my linkage doesn’t pop out when I shift - am I overthinking this ? 🙂
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