Relive BMW's Golden Days With This Stunning 2002
Somewhere along the way, BMW lost some of its magic. The M2 may be brilliant and the X7 may be serene, but there are too many uselessly stiff, white space, numb-steering models in the automaker’s lineup. The cure is going back to basics, with this absolutely lovely 2002.
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The 2002 is how BMW proved its mettle. The sports sedan to end all sports sedans. The affirmative answer to whether a car could be entirely practical and entirely engaging at once. The subject of the best auto review of all time. The holistic example of what we’ve lost.
This specific example on Bring a Trailer is, to me, the ideal version of the 2002. Dark green over tan, as all cars should be. Manual. Period-correct wheels. Lovingly maintained and rebuilt, but imperfect. A tick under 100,000 miles—a driver that you can enjoy without guilt. Indistinguishable from the 1000-mile garage queens at 15 feet, but with 15 times as many memories and stories. Owned for 29 years by an owner who cares.
It’s all the things that seem impossible in the world of three-year lease BMWs, more likely to be owned secondhand by those brand-chasing buyers who visit the dealer for a tire pressure light and ditch the car when the gesture control gets finicky.
It didn’t have to be this way. And with this 2002, it still doesn’t.
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