Junkyard Find: 1973 BMW 2002

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1973 bmw 2002

For some reason, BMW 2002s are easier to find in self-service wrecking yards (in Colorado and California, anyway) than are 320is. Most of the Crusher-bound 2002s I see are pretty well picked over— probably before they ever got to the junkyard— and so I don’t photograph them. However, a round-taillight 2002 with automatic transmission is something you don’t see every day.

I spotted another ’73 2002 with slushbox at this very same yard, about a year ago; that one was more complete than today’s junkyard find, but there’s a certain “abandoned project car” similarity to them.

It makes me sad when I see an old car with the instrument cluster totally destroyed by a junkyard customer, all the parts scattered around the car’s interior and nothing purchased.

Automatic transmission and air conditioning! This unit has an aftermarket or dealer-installed look about it.

Not much of this engine is left. Still, there are some usable parts remaining on this car.

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  • Lon888 Lon888 on Apr 05, 2013

    A man i worked with in the late 80's drove a totally clapped out 1st -gen Omni/Horizon POS that he literally drove the wheels off. Then suddenly, somehow came up a totally mint 2002 with fuel injection. I couldn't believe it but he kept that car absolutely mint for about the next 7 years. There's not many BMW's I lust over, but a FI 2002 is defintiely on my short list.

  • SISLANE SISLANE on Mar 17, 2014

    BUMP! 8-) Keep them garaged, away from salt obviously and avoid rain & snow whenever possible. They'll last a long time & you'll have a fun driving car! Enjoy some photos of North East 02's on our site: http://bmw2002.us/index.php/events/past-events Scott

  • Statikboy Those tires are the Wrong Size.
  • Mustangfast I had an 06 V6 and loved that car. 230k trouble free miles until I sold it. I remember they were criticized for being too small vs competitors but as a single guy it was the right size for me. I recall the 2.3 didn’t have a reputation for reliability, unlike the V6 and I4. I think it likely didn’t take off due to the manual-only spec, price tag, and power vs the V6 engine and the way it delivered that power. It was always fun to see the difference between these and normal ones, since these were made in Japan whereas all others were flat rock
  • VoGhost Earth is healing.
  • ToolGuy "Having our 4th baby and decided a camper van is a better use of our resources than my tuner."Seller is in the midst of some interesting life choices.Bonus: Here are the individuals responsible for doing the work on this vehicle.
  • MaintenanceCosts Previous owner playing engineer by randomly substituting a bunch of components, then finding out. No thanks.