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BMW 2002 (Yes, that's the model - not the year)

Initially launched in 1968, the 2002 was BMW's crucial entry level car. The 2002 was also the predecessor to the 3 Series sedans we all know and love. With its compact body style and the fiery 130 horsepower fuel-injected tii version, this was the car that made BMW's reputation in America. An automatic transmission was a relatively common option, but they're now less popular, as they're less fun to drive than the manual-equipped versions.

 

We saw a pristine model just a few weeks ago at the Survivor judging day at Bloomington Gold, which served as a perfect reminder about the fun these cars bring to the road.  

All 2002 models suffer from lots of oversteer, but they're wonderful driving cars with a timeless look. The 2002 is well built but rust-prone. The most desirable models include the tii and the 1973-1975 turbo versions. Expect to pay from $4,400 for a basic later model to $18,000 for the tii or 170 horsepower turbo versions.Overall, the car earns four out of five stars for reliability and three out of five stars for maintenance costs, parts/support, and market appeal. Interest in the 2002 has grown and it has firmly earned itself a cult following with hard-core BMW fans.

(Description courtesy of Sports Car Market magazine)

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.

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