As a first time BMW owner I couldn't ask for a better initiation other than restoring a piece of it's own history. Just a few months ago I bought a black 1973 Bavaria 3.0 with red leather interior. Simply said, my wife and I fell in love with it and we had to get it. So far it's been an amazing adventure, both putting it back into shape and also driving it. It is still rough around the edges mechanically but I hope to have it running good soon. With that said I am looking for a mechanic around the NYC area that works on these cars, specially one that understands the Weber carburetors. If you recommend someone please let me know. I also have a worrying thumping noise under the seat that gets worse when I accelerate and stabilizes when I'm riding at a steady speed. Thanks for having me around and look forward to sharing BMW experiences and information.