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Personally, yes ( very long) (archive)

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Posted by John W on July 01, 2001 at 00:20:35:

In Reply to: John, you'd rather have an 02 than a CSL ?? posted by Dale on June 30, 2001 at 21:56:11:

No, I haven't driven many coupes. Only one, in fact, and briefly at that (and it was rough). I'm an autocrosser, though. The 2002 is smaller and, inherently, better suited to such racing. Also, while there are plenty of performance parts available for a CSL, there are far more readily available for the 2002 (Flame me if you like, but I think a 2002 looks just as good as the CSL too). Thus, I just have more of a passion for the 2002. I can understand that others--probably most others--would rather have a CSL.

Also, addressing WH's comments: I said that I could understand someone doing a full cost, very expensive restoration on a 2002 AS WELL AS I could see someone doing the same to a 3.0 CSL (Did I SAY 3.3 Batmobile?). First off, I would never even contemplate a restoration on either car unless I had a whole lot of cash, no job and a strong desire (and the skills) to undertake such a project. Secondly, I wasn't saying that if I had $50k that I would go out and restore an 02 to perfection. I was saying that I could understand someone going to this much trouble to restore an 02 as well as I could understand someone going to this much trouble to restore a CSL (which would probably run more like $75k anyways).

Lastly, you're never going to recoup half the money you spend on restoring either a 2002 or a CSL. If you do ever recoup half, you are very lucky. So, a restoration is never a good investment. I'd personally rather take a hit financially restoring a car I like better and would get somewhat more enjoyment out of driving. $50k spent on an already restored, pristine 3.3L Batmobile is without a doubt money better spent than $50k spent RESTORING an 02.

Jeez, if y'all care so little for the lowly 02, there is an E9 board just a few pages away :)

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