BMW 2002 Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1974 BMW 2002 TII 4 CYLINDER INJECTED from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1974
Most recent year of ownership1984
Engine and transmission 4 CYLINDER INJECTED Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Great performer, maintenance headache

Faults:

Air conditioner was not a standard item on the '74 model, so I installed an aftermarket version that gave constant trouble, notably rubbing against the front stabilizer bar.

Fuel injection dependable, but testy about psi. Adjustment had to be correct, or the engine stopped and car coasted off the road... at inconvenient times.

General Comments:

Road noise was a problem with the little BMW, so that you could easily imagine yourself in the cockpit of a plane instead of the seat of a car.

However, the car had great style and great handling qualities. It was quick, and cornered extremely well for an upright sedan. I bought it new in '74 and sold it in '85 with only 58K miles on it. Wish I had kept it...

Although keeping it properly tuned was a nuisance in those years. Now owning a BMW is almost like owning an American car. However, I returned to General Motors and stayed there, preferring the less stylish, but more dependable Oldsmobiles and Chevrolets.

Still, I fondly remember the T.i.i.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th May, 2004

1976 BMW 2002 from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired197000 miles
Most recent distance315000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 504

Summary:

If you can't afford an M3, buy and build a good 2002

Faults:

Any 2002 is an old car, and old cars have weak heaters. This is especially true on these cars. Replacing a heater core can cost over $500, and rebuild-able used ones are hard to find.

California required emissions equipment fails regularly and is extremely costly to replace. This fact has sent many of these cars to the junkyard.

You should expect the front sub frame to crack where the steering box attaches. This usually occurs before 200,000 miles.

Rust is a big problem with cars from areas where salt is used on roadways. Look closely at rocker panels and inside fender wells.

Wind noise will never go away. Don't bother wasting money on new weatherstripping.

General Comments:

If you are an enthusiast who likes spirited performance and enjoys a car as both transportation and hobby, the 2002 is the car for you.

Sports car handling, smooth running and potentially gobs of horsepower in a car for four adults.

Remember, this is a BMW. I could've built 700+ horsepower of Chevy motor for what I spent on making 110 horsepower for this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2002

1974 BMW 2002 2.0 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 kilometres
Most recent distance109000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A classic sports-car, which even with an automatic gearbox is a real pleasure to drive

Faults:

Not a thing up to now: the car needs a restoration and has rust in some places, but it is still a sound car for its year.

General Comments:

This car is very quick for an automatic. It really shows that in the seventies B.M.W. was the manufacturer of sports saloons to beat.

It still puts a smile on your face even now.

Once you have sorted everything out and replaced all that needs replacing, you've got a car to keep a lifetime!

I am not too keen on the seats (they are from bad quality fabric) and the interior could be better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2001

19th Feb 2004, 05:57

I own a 1974 model BMW 2002 since 1978 and has kept it all through all the years. It is one of the best car that I have ever driven and owned after owning more than 15 cars through out all the years that passed by. It is really meant to be driven by the owner in order for him to truly apprecaite the power and handling of it. Very fast and would really make you always drive in the fast lane.

1976 BMW 2002 2.0 liter - Weber carb from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter - Weber carb Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo Spider

Summary:

A classic without the expense

Faults:

Nothing out of the ordinary.

General Comments:

US Spec version with thermal reactor exhaust manifold seriously effects performance. My newly acquired 81 320i with fuel injection and free'r breathing exhaust is much quicker despite being 200cc smaller.

Cute but boxy car.

Solid, durable, German engineered build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2001

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 10 reviews