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Old 11-13-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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Question BMW 8 Series

Hey guys, Im just wondering if any of you have ever owned/driven a BMW 840/850. Im thinking about getting one. I want an E46 M3 but the 8 Series looks just amazing

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Old 11-13-2010, 09:10 PM   #2
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i looove this series! I knew a guy who owned one, and he just said maintaining it is a bit more expensive because essentially there is nearly two of every part in the engine bay.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:12 PM   #3
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i've driven the 850 for about a week. The v12 is REALLY smooth. I purschased the 750iL instead because it was more luxurious. This was about 3 years ago. I sold my 750 :-(
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:23 PM   #4
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thanks for the feedback! The reason Im considering an 8 Series over an M3 is because A) Im never going to the track B) I want something more comfortable C) Just look at the 8 series
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thanks for the feedback! The reason Im considering an 8 Series over an M3 is because A) Im never going to the track B) I want something more comfortable C) Just look at the 8 series
The 8 series is not comfortable. if you want the v12 and comfort go for the 750iL. The 8 series is a sport coupe really small on the inside.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:28 PM   #6
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^^^Really? How tall are you that feel cramped?
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^^^Really? How tall are you that feel cramped?
I'm 6'2. imo, its small. but its up to you. if you can afford the maintenance of that v12 go for it. (the reason i sold my 750) too many issues with limp mode and electrical.
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I'm 6'2. imo, its small. but its up to you. if you can afford the maintenance of that v12 go for it. (the reason i sold my 750) too many issues with limp mode and electrical.
Well IF i get an 8 Series its definately the V8. Easy(er) to maintain because it is a common engine in 5, 7, 8 series. Yeah no way Im gettin a V12 as a daily driver...

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Well IF i get an 8 Series its definately the V8. Easy(er) to maintain because it is a common engine in 5, 7, 8 series. Yeah no way Im gettin a V12 as a daily driver...

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My 750 saved more gas than my 740. lol. The 4.4L BMW v8 is a monster. I loved it when I had my e38 (R.I.P).

Think it over good. The 8 series is a rare car. Just make sure you know what you're getting into.
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My 750 saved more gas than my 740. lol. The 4.4L BMW v8 is a monster. I loved it when I had my e38 (R.I.P).

Think it over good. The 8 series is a rare car. Just make sure you know what you're getting into.
Yeah I still have a lot of research to do. Oh yeah and I still have to drive an 840 first
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yeah I would not get the 850 as a daily driver. The 840 is pushing it. Not many people who owned it used it as a daily so the upside is you should find lots of low mileage 8 series during the last year it was produced. It shares a lot of interior similarities to the E36/E34 and E32 not so much the E38 though. So if you are looking for an E38/7 series coupe you are not going to get it here.

Enginewise I think it does share the E38 engine choices in the V8 and V12.

I would love to drive an 8 series but I would only own one if I was an avid collector for BMWs.
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yeah I would not get the 850 as a daily driver. The 840 is pushing it. Not many people who owned it used it as a daily so the upside is you should find lots of low mileage 8 series during the last year it was produced. It shares a lot of interior similarities to the E36/E34 and E32 not so much the E38 though. So if you are looking for an E38/7 series coupe you are not going to get it here.

Enginewise I think it does share the E38 engine choices in the V8 and V12.

I would love to drive an 8 series but I would only own one if I was an avid collector for BMWs.
i drove my 740 everyday basically and it burned INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS OF FUEL. The 750 atleast got me to and from work for a whole week. 740 not even 3 days. maybe because of weight.
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i drove my 740 everyday basically and it burned INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS OF FUEL. The 750 atleast got me to and from work for a whole week. 740 not even 3 days. maybe because of weight.
the v8 740 is heavier than the v12 750?
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the v8 740 is heavier than the v12 750?
e32 750 to e38 740...i'm not sure actually
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e32 750 to e38 740...i'm not sure actually
oh yeah...this makes sense. The e32 should be much lighter than e38
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dont get a 750i, 850ci looks soooooooooo much better. Anytime i see one on the road i always point it out to whoever im sitting with, everyone thinks it looks awesome.
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dont get a 750i, 850ci looks soooooooooo much better. Anytime i see one on the road i always point it out to whoever im sitting with, everyone thinks it looks awesome.
Yessir the 8 Series is one of the best looking cars ever made
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:48 PM   #18
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I like the 8-series as well, but I think I'd prefer its arch-nemesis, the Porsche 928S4.
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maintenance on that v12 = HELL. The only thing I was able to do myself on my 750 was an oil change. The spark plugs can't be reached, there is no clearance. Unless you have snap-on tools with difference size universal swivel sockets and good hands. The front of the motor is a PITA to get to. The coolant issues with the v12 are always unknown. I've known 3 people who have had the same coolant problems on the v12. It's costly and not pretty when it happens while you're driving miles away from home. Electrical problems are annoying, it's always the relays going bad and circuit board errors. The best thing I can say about the car is that it was solid. the motor can't be beat. she'll run with little to no motor oil, (it's just that good). Just too many costly issues.
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get a really clean 8 and do an M5 engine swap into it!!!
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