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  1. It’s almost like you’re on a mission to make every other ‘02 look cheap. Looking good.
  2. Aren’t you the seller that you’re linking to? That’s pretty shady, if so. (I’ll leave it at that, in case you’re not, but my research into another project with another vendor would have me question buying from them.) Also, I know that $50 is $50, but I’d rather support the original creator of this product than someone who (it seems) made an end around to get the same item and charge a fraction less. If there’s a lot more to this story, I apologize in advance, but this just seems off.
  3. This leads to a much stiffer ride on the Sports, correct? Can anyone compare the feel to a 911, or perhaps an earlier M car? An S4? (Whatever.) I can feel the paint lines in the road in my 911, but it’s a smooth aggressive feel. (Plenty of people hate it, and sometimes a rough seam in the road will pop a filling loose, but I’m OK with it.) I’ve driven race cars that would rattle on a freshly paved freeway, and I have no use for that in a 2002.
  4. You can’t get a full set of Bilsteins from any U.S. distributor, anymore, it seems.
  5. Great info. Are these new old stock? Were they in stock at the seller? Seems odd that a German dealer can get them whereas a U.S. dealer couldn’t.
  6. Were the Sports just too much, and these a bit softer?
  7. Hey guys. It’s bewn a bit. My understanding is that the Bilstein HD fronts, or equivalent, are still NLA. Has anyone found them, recently? If not, what’s a suitable alternative? I already have a car where I can feel the paint from the traffic lines, and it rattles my fillings, so I’m looking for something a bit softer than the Sports for my 2002. Thanks for any info. Seth
  8. The rockers all around the car. (Basically anywhere water can pool, inside a panel, and cause rust. Look for bubbles in the paint that hint at rust.) Wheel arches. Pull out the spare tire and take a pic of the well and try to get as much of the gas tank as you can.) If you can get under the car to get the frame rails, that’ll help, too. I assume you’re not going to pull up the carpet, but footwells have been known to rust, on occasion. Actually, I’m sure there’s a post on here, somewhere, listing all of the sweet spots.
  9. If that car cleans up the way it looks like it should, the drivetrain is good, minimal rust, and he puts on new tires, I don’t think $10K would be a problem if someone can drive it away. (That’s a handful of assumptions.) $15K wouldn’t surprise me. Add rust or drivetrain issues and you’ve got a big variable.
  10. Wasnt Clardy a future duplication of the older Frigiking? I believe the engineers started a new company, or something. Either way, I think the Clardy was an aftermarket unit, a few years later, whereas the other two were available, installed, when the car got to you at your dealer. By saying “he’s good,” I was saying that if someone needs air conditioning, they’re unlikely to look at a nonfunctional compressor and have a problem with that. The evaporater is there, which is the hardest thing to retrofit with a whole new console. (It’s not hard, but requires you to find one [the hardest part], mount it, and drill into the firewall. If the original stuff is all there, with the other parts inside the engine bay broken, it’s easier to source and replace those parts with newer, upgraded, equipment.
  11. A/C was a dealer/port installed option, and was either a Behr or a Frigiking. You have the Behr unit in there. That center console is actually all that most people are looking for. Downstream they’ll substitute in some newer components. (Or, some will yank it all from the car. Even at its best, in California, the car won’t get chilly at any point.) If you turn the heat off, and the fan blows on the A/C, you’re good.
  12. I’ll leave it to others for a good price. I had a unique situation where one car just really worked out for me, so I’m pretty sure I overpaid, but willingly. Are those seats blue? My car could be it’s fraternal twin, with the exception of the tranny and wheels.
  13. Just make sure you know what YOU will be getting saddled with if you list it on BaT for him. Right or wrong, buyers over there expect a very responsive seller to answer any questions, some reasonable, most unreasonable, but expected. Nice cars do nice money over there, but make sure you don’t put in a ton of effort to have the car not meet some ridiculous reserve that he’s set. Good luck.
  14. I can’t help beyond recommending buying one in CA, before you leave, based on my last year of looking until I found something local. I’m in NY, but all of the cars of interest were on the West Coast. (I’ll be the first to say that I overpaid by at least 3K, but it was easier than traveling to find the right car. Of course, a month after I bought mine, they started popping up locally.) Take your time and find the right car, as so many seem to have wound up in that area. I think you’ll do better than you think with $10K. You won’t be going to car shows, but I think you can find a daily driver that needs a lot of TLC, but should be pretty mechanically sound.
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