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Old 11-15-2010, 05:16 AM   #21
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make sure to get an 850csi, not an 850i, if you have the chance.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:06 PM   #22
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I like the 8-series as well, but I think I'd prefer its arch-nemesis, the Porsche 928S4.
Wow believe it or not I actually considered a 928 S4 but they are from 1987- 1990. Thats a little too old for me. After that was the 928 GTS but I can't afford a good one...
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:08 PM   #23
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make sure to get an 850csi, not an 850i, if you have the chance.
An 850csi is basically a collectors item. Every single one is like $30k+ Besides I would never trust myself with that car. The CSi is for avid BMW collectors, not simpletons like me
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:10 PM   #24
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god the 8 series is beautiful.
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sometimes i'm into it and my one hand gets tired, i try switching, but then it's like someone with lou gehrig's trying to peel a carrot.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:15 PM   #25
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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.
Yup if i ever get an 8 Series, I want the 4.4L V8. I would love a V12 but I probably couldn't afford the maintenance. LOL the V8's awful gas mileage would probably make up for that tho. Right now Im 50/50 with a late model 840ci or E46 M3...
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:17 PM   #26
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the 8 series is a very cool car
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:14 PM   #27
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Pay cash for it and use the rest for maintenance and preventive maintenance.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:35 PM   #28
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You are a very lucky man! I remember seeing a 8 series for the first time soon after they were released. Boston Green 850ci. I was massively into *** turbo cars at the time, but I remember promising myself at that moment that I would own one of these some day. One of the local BMW enthusiasts has a silver 850csi, a real beaut and it turns heads all the time!
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:26 PM   #29
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:39 PM   #30
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My buddy has one and he let me drive it, the only thing i didnt like was how long the front of the car was, thats just me. Personally it felt really comfortable and over all had alot of torque. They are fun to drive.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:07 PM   #31
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i use to have bmw 850CSI 6 speed manual in europe. what can i say... in total car is nice i like it a lot, gas guzzler, lot of torque, acceleration??? not good at all, also had e39 540 and till 200 km/h 540 was faster, e31 is a highway car, made for German autobahns. if you will decide to buy one, check for hydraulic suspension leaks (very common problem), engine oil leak, check the rear bumper for oil burn signs, rev the engine check for blue smoke (v12 engines very well known for oil burn). there was one option i loved on that car: Rear Wheel Steering (AHK - Aktive Hinterachs-Kinematik) which makes super good handling on high speed (check if car has one) that was extra 17K deutsche mark as option on CI models. there is lot of other thinks, but im not going to write i book now, so if you need any help let me know. Alex

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Old 04-16-2011, 09:05 PM   #32
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I'm in - always wanted one, one came up for sale locally and I couldn't not get it...

93 850Ci, 150K miles, automatic, clean and original, but like any 8er with this many miles it's going to be a bit of a project. I've been lurking the 8 chatter on bimmerforums for years so I have an idea what I'm getting into. But it's going to be a bit of a "collectible" - I already have 2 other non-daily-drivers that only get like 1000 miles a year each, so I hope it's not an endless project to just enjoy it as an occasional cruiser.

Man, it's so beautiful, I just keep going out to my garage to look at it..... one of the most handsome cars ever in my opinion.
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:09 PM   #33
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:32 AM   #34
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I always loved the styling of the 8 series
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:27 PM   #35
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8-series is a win. Do it.
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:03 PM   #36
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My dad has an 850i. He hasn't even drove it in the past 3-4 years, just throwing money into it trying to get it some sort of reliable driving condition again. As soon as something is fixed, something else always breaks.
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