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we love front-engined Porsches so much that...

hey there everyone.

i wanted to let everyone in on why i've been "suspiciously absent"...

for my wife's 25th birthday, i decided to buy her a car that she's wanted for years:

a BMW 2002.

she's also wanted to have a car that she could use for rally, autocross, etc and the 2002 fit the bill perfectly. we've spent about $2k on it so far gutting the inside, rewiring, and welding in a new stronger and lighter floor pan.

but anyone want to guess why we'd pick a BMW 2002 instead of other cars from that era?

hint: it has a lot to do with the 924

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They both usually have electrical problems??
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They both end up rusting ?
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heh heh, well, the BMW rusts a lot faster than the 924. and yeah, the electrical systems both suck pretty bad (like all German automotive electrical systems up until the late 1980s).

but no.... there's a big reason why the BMW 2002 is sort of the "ultimate 924" to have

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Hmmmm,....

......thinking.........


..................thinking........


Brain hurts...........
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All the problems of a 924 but has the redeeming factor of no timing belt to snap?

It's just like a 924 because you can use the same ignition rotor arm?

Luckily the brake light bulbs are the same?

At mixed metal for $50 a ton, they are worth the same?
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Uhmmmm they are both worth more in pieces ?

albeit... not much more
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come on guys . it's actually really simple:

the BMW2002 was the "test mule" used by Porsche when they developed the 924. it was seen as being the ultimate lightweight rear wheel drive touring car. Porsche actually installed the 924 engine and drivetrain into a BMW 2002 and engineers drove the car around town testing it out "in plain sight" for everyone to see.

the BMW2002 is a bit more basic than the 924, it's even easier to work on, and parts are even cheaper. we like it because it's a few hundred pounds lighter than the 924 also. it also has a lot of class and curb appeal.

the car for my wife will be for rally. i'm going to drive it all winter, and she will drive it in the summer. right now the interior is getting redone, and we're going to start getting the materials to repaint the car soon.

i'll toss some pics up as soon as possible

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Hmmm. Acording to Porsche 924 and 944 by Michael Cotton a BMW 1600 was added to the Weissach fleet in April 1972 to test the 924's running gear. After the 1600 was a Opel Manta.

Cool car though good luck with '02

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Didn't the 2002 have a turbo as an option? That would be fun!
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Obin:
Congrats! Good luck with the new toy!!

(BTW: add Matrix 3: Revolutions to your Porsche-in-the-movies list: there's a few shots of Porsches, including an early 911.)

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Cool What is this....TRUE CONFESSIONS ????

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hey there everyone.
for my wife's 25th birthday, i decided to buy her a car that she's wanted for years:

a BMW 2002.
Well my life is complete now, I don't know how I could have gotten through the day without this bit of news.

Ya know, I'm crazy about BMW cars, I spent all morning surfing the BMW forums



We don't want a confession or an appology, you know you should be ashamed posting something about a BMW here.

SHAME


Ha ha, just having some fun, actually I think a BMW 2002 would he one heck of a lot of fun. THey have a cool body, great glass, and great seats. You hardly ever see a nice one on the road. They look very cool with good rubber and nice wheels too. I saw a bunch of em run at Road Atlanta over the years.

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congrats; they are nice cars; you gotta dump the giant stock steering wheel though.

I've had 1600 and a '74 T.I. (not TII.) Traded that for a '74 Bavaria 3.0S. 2002s are a ball to drive; just gotta watch for the tinworm...

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