In Reply to: new 2002 posted by devrie reiling on December 22, 1999 at 08:08:24:
Buy books and read them. Get at least Macartney's "'02 Restoration Guide" he's got a chapter on picking a restoration candidate. Join the BMWCCA have the librarians send you Mike Self's columns from a couple years back on picking out a 2002. Hang out at this site and go through the archives here. Find 2002 owners in your area (thru BMWCCA or this page) and locate a good mechanic in your area who knows the 2002 and talk with him in advance about bringing prospective purchases by for him to inspect. Some shops will credit the inspection fee (a half hour or so of labor) towards later work if you come back, and some even have bulletin boards where you might find a good car that the mechanic knows and could vouch for.
Learn all you can before you buy. Wait until you find a winner, and be patient (assuming you don't need the car for basic transportation right now). Even a couple hundred bucks in books and CCA dues and phone calls and pre-purchase inspections will VERY quickly pay for themselves if they save you from buying a lemon or key you into a diamond in the rough. Knowledge is cheap, ignorance can be VERY expensive...
'98 CBR F3