When it comes to cars (and life too, I suppose), things aren’t always as they seem. Two weeks ago, in a story about “Points vs. Pertronix,” I mentioned installing a brand-new condenser that turned out to be bad. The slightly longer story is this: I’d just had the distributor in my 1972 BMW 2002tii rebuilt. I outfitted it with a new cap, rotor, points, and condenser purchased at the dealership—e.g., presumably high-quality parts in BMW boxes with BMW part numbers. I test-drove the car, and after about five miles, it began to run horribly. I barely made it home.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/02/04/avoid-diagnostic-blind-spots