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Old October 7th, 2008, 03:22 PM
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What is an early 70s BMW bravaria 4 door worth

Anyone familiar with them?

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Old October 7th, 2008, 03:25 PM
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Bavarias were never worth much. The 74 3.O was the last year before the five series and used the 3.0 and fuel injected setup. My guess would be sub 2k.
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Old October 7th, 2008, 03:30 PM
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I saw an all-original one for sale in Seattle a few years back for 7k. It was in incredible shape, seems like it was an over the top price for a Bavaria, but probably a great value for a nice car.

I like them actually. Not as sexy as the 3.0 csi/csl etc, but much nicer than the 2800 CS.
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This one is a cali car that had a boo boo and needs a bumper, fender and hood. Rest of it looks straight enough from the pics.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/869084962.html

It is two miles from my house or I would not normally bother with it.

I figure it is worth one visit to the ATM? I could always use it as a 24 hours of the lemons car.

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Old October 7th, 2008, 04:06 PM
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It looks fun. I'd go look at it and probably pass if the damage wasnt limited to the bumper hood and fender, since the stuff underneath it would be difficult and expensive to put right. I'm guessing the damage is more extensive.
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we shall see.

I have everything I need in the lotus.

1. A mechanic's jump suit
2. A maglite
3. A check/ATM card
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Dammit, I've been trying to find a sub - $2K beater to get me to work until the 110 is back up and running and can't find a thing worth buying. Best options so far have been a '93 525i 5 speed that needed a full suspension and a '79 spitfire with no interior and wonky flashers. That Bavaria would be perfect if it weren't in Philly.
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Ron isn't too far away. But how long are you expecting the 110 to be down for?
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My guess is at least 4-6 weeks, but Pendy's making good progress on it. I'm hopefull that I can get the new xfer case resealed this weekend, but it may be a few weeks to get it installed -- my well try and host an installation party for it and the radiator, actually. Unfortunately I have to head back to work tomorrow from paternity leave.
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maybe its just me but the e28 5's with the 3.3 or 3.5 engines were some of the best beaters I ever had and can certainly be found in that price range. The carbs on those early bavaria's were a pain and beware of the car if it has the "thermal reactors" on it. They cooked the cyl heads (this car may be early enough not to have those).
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180 hp powerplant mated to a manual 4 speed transmission
Now that sounds fun. I bet that inline 6 sounds pretty good too.

I would have thought Bavaria's would command more money as my guess is there aren't that many of them still running. I've only seen one or 2 in person myself over the years.
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So Ron, did you check it out?

Tony, seems a bit extreme to buy a beater for 2 months use. I say have a wrenching party.
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Interesting.

I *was* thinking of taking Humpty's money (if it sells) and picking up a local '74 2002 for a while. It's got rust, though... no need to say how I feel about that. The car's sharp, though, runs great, and is a blast to drive (well, OK, a littleon the small side for my arse).

I've never heard of the Bravaria (not that I'm a BMW expert).
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Tony, seems a bit extreme to buy a beater for 2 months use. I say have a wrenching party.
Gotta get to work somehow, but in principle I completely agree.

Emerson -- did you say 2002? Too bad nobody knows where a 3 series is sitting forlorn anywhere near annapolis, huh, Doug?
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LOL. My wife just sold her (beloved) 3 series coupe. She scoffed at my suggestion that she'd regret it, as I knew she loved that car. She needed a hauler for her business, and got an old-lady-style Volvo wagon. 2 weeks later she comes to me and says "that was the stupidest thing I've ever done, I miss that car, this wagon sucks!"

Too late now, it's my turn next to get a car/truck/motorcycle. The 2002 is just dirt cheap and fun for what it is. if only it weren't so rusted!
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My understanding is that there are patch panels available for most of the usual suspect areas on an '02 now.
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It is in the works for me to buy it. Just need to make sure he is ok with getting cash tomorrow. He would not take a check.

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02's can be very expensive to restore. The rockers and rear shock tower's are double wall construction and if one is rusty.....I had three of them and my brother and sister both had 02's as their first cars. Litterally grew out of them. My shoulder was pressed into the windows when the were rolled up. Ron- good luck with the bavaria, pretty sure I still have some stuff around for that car, cyl head, 5 speed bell housing etc.
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Hmmm, spare head would be nice. It has a rebuilt transmission in it. No second synchro crunch.

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