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Buyers Guide to:

BMW 2002 Tii

Useful Info


1974 to 1976

Fuel Type


Engine Size


Engine Type


Drive Configuration


2002 Register

BMW Car Club Great Britain

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Developed from the 1600 saloon, BMW launched the 2002 (the ‘02’ indicated two doors) in 1968 and it proved an instant hit with buyers after a practical sporting saloon combined with quality engineering. A second generation model was produced from 1971 to 1973, with the third generation – including the car featured on the show – running from 1973 until production of the model ended in 1976. Fitted with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection, the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine produced 130bhp and endowed the capable Tii model with a 120mph top speed and the ability to crack the 0-60mph sprint in just over eight seconds.

  1. Bonnet edges
  2. Front panel around headlamps
  3. Front wheel arches and inner wings
  4. A-posts
  5. Door bottoms
  6. Sills
  7. Meeting point of sill and rear wheel arch
  8. Rear wheel arches
  9. Boot panel

The Checklist

  • For blocked drain holes which will cause serious rust issues, so examine all of the panels carefully
  • The inner front wings around the bulkhead/ sill/A-post area as repairs here are tricky and expensive. Check the front suspension turrets, too
  • The chassis. Corrosion affects the front rails and the jacking points; the box section below the radiator; and the box section around the drive-shafts
  • For rust in the floor of the cabin and boot, and the fuel tank and pipework
  • That the engine has been serviced regularly. Lack of oil changes leads to noisy valve-gear, necessitating a top-end re-build
  • For signs of oil leaks, exhaust smoke, coolant leaks from the water pump, and for evidence of head gasket failure
  • That poor running isn’t caused by fuel injection problems. Lack of use can cause plungers to stick while black exhaust smoke points to issues. Although the Kugelfischer system is basically reliable, overhauling the pump is for experts only. A set of injectors from BMW is around £2000
  • For flats spots or hesitation when accelerating. Worn distributor bearings can upset the ignition timing
  • The manual gearbox for worn synchromesh and whining; some owners upgrade to the ‘box from the E21 3 Series. The automatic transmission is reliable with regular fluid changes. Clunks are often caused by worn differential mountings or a worn prop-shaft centre bearing
  • That the brakes haven’t seized through lack of use. New calipers are costly, and UK cars use twin brake servos which can be expensive to fix or replace
  • For any tight spots when turning the steering wheel – it could mean it’s been over-adjusted to hide wear
  • There’s no rust around suspension mountings, and that any upgrades have been done properly. It’s usually trouble-free otherwise
  • The condition of interior trim and fittings as major refurbishment is costly, and even small components can be expensive
  • That the electrics are working fine. Most issues are caused by poor earths which can take time to trace

Everything Check Out?

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