View Full Version : BMW 850Ci

04-27-2008, 03:16 AM
Anyone ever own/drive one of these?


I want one.

04-27-2008, 03:21 AM
driven one before, what would you like to know?

04-27-2008, 03:48 AM
yes, depends on what year you get... some are offered in a v8 that only makes like 260hp? The best 8 series was avaible with a v12 that made 350hp I believe...

There really cool looking cars but the problem is they weigh alot and dont make enough power to weight wise....

But anyways Ive driven one with a v12 in it what did you want to know? If your asking if there worth the money there not.

04-27-2008, 04:06 AM
Anyone ever own/drive one of these?


I want one.

I test drove a 91 850i 6 speed back in 99. It's FAST. I mean REALLY FAST. I would've loved to buy it, but I didn't have the 21k for it. My family had bought a bunch of cars from this dealer, and the lowest he could go was 18, and I couldnt afford that either. Handles really well, lots of room, and it's a BMW.
But, it's heavy and has a 5.0 V12, so gas is really an issue.

04-27-2008, 04:34 AM
I had thought about trading up the Lexus for one, but they're so hard to find and I'm sure parts are even harder to get for cheap.

04-27-2008, 06:31 AM
If I had an SC.... I know exactly what I'd be doing.

Saving up for 2JZ-GTE swap!!! :burn: :bowdown:

04-27-2008, 06:35 AM
Bah, you mean trading down, right? :)

BMW's are extremely hard to get parts for. There's a few of them around my town, and they usually can't even get an air or oil filter from me without having to special order it. BMW's are great, but consider it a specialty vehicle. You'll have to pay more and wait longer if anything breaks.

I've had a few customers get upset because I can't get their BMW parts. They always want to know why, and my answer is always the same - "It's a BMW." :)

The Captain
04-27-2008, 04:26 PM
YOU DO NOT WANT THE 850!!!!!!! Motor is a problem child! Parts are outrageous. If you want to spend more time driving buy an 840. Yes, the motor is smaller, but it's the better car. Stay away from the 850. Run, Forest, run! Abort! Eject! Divert!

Keep your SC. Buy a 2JZ-GTE. Have a reliable rocket ship with huge aftermarket support. Be happy.

04-27-2008, 04:41 PM
Boo on BMW for outrageous repair costs. Dad had one a while back, before his new one, that had an AC malfunction. Took it to his mechanic, he told him fixing would to the tune of $1400. Why? The dash had to be removed to get to the bit of fixing, and to do that you had to go from just below the rear window upward, removing the headliner and so on till you got to the dash etc, because of the way the germans put everything together. German engineering has it's place, but it'll kill teh wallet.

04-27-2008, 04:55 PM
sure looks good and i like the interior. i think it would be a bit much for me. stick my toyota's. it is a really nice ride.

04-27-2008, 07:22 PM
I don't know why everyone says swap to the GTE. I could slap a BFT on the N/A and make nice numbers.

Ask Ben....we may do it the Indiana way. :laugh:

04-28-2008, 12:38 AM
Those get very expensive to maintain, I would stay away.

Mr Celica
04-28-2008, 12:46 AM
my favorite looking bimmer. love the styling. would never own one. maybe if it was given to me though..

04-28-2008, 01:47 AM
Its James Bond-esque.

I was always surprised they never used that in some of the Brosnan Bond movies

04-28-2008, 02:46 AM
There was an article a couple of months ago on them in the Hemming Sports and Exotic cars. They showed that the parts were very expensive and in some cases hard to get for the 8 series. Not that many brought in.

Stay with your SC. The car looks good and it has a lot of potential.

04-28-2008, 05:50 AM
Thanks. I appreciate compliments. The only people that compliment my car are my parents and girlfriend....but thats because they're obligated to...lol

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04-28-2008, 06:12 AM
I would bank on 10 combined...lol

04-28-2008, 11:08 PM
Hey even with your special JDM tire/wheel combo on the Dragon, I thought your car looked good!

04-28-2008, 11:27 PM
It looks like the late 80's supra.

04-29-2008, 10:37 AM
I would love to own one of those. The most beautiful BMW and one of the most beautiful cars ever made, IMO.

Mr Celica
04-30-2008, 01:06 AM
holy big sig

04-30-2008, 05:12 AM
Thanks Nitro!

I'm compiling a list of what I want to do to the car before the year is over. Hopefully, if I can get this stuff out of the way, the car will be what I have wanted for a while.

I came to the conclusion this afternoon that when I started looking for a first car six years ago, the SC300, 92-96 300Z, and a VR4 were on my want ooh ahh list that I could never afford, so I wound up with a GMC Sonoma for six months before getting my 90 GT coupe that I loved so much. Now that I actually have one of my attainable dream cars, if you will, I should hold onto it. I'm in a better position now to design this car the way I want.

It would be worthless for me to throw this car to the side when in all reality, its a nice car and the best starting point from anything I have ever owned.

That way, when this is done, I can focus on my 72. I want SO BADLY to get the car back on the road and restore it. Everyone says to get rid of it, but I can't do it. I know I'd never get another chance to own one with this history, even though it needs wiring and rust work. I won't give up on it. Its definitely getting a suspension though

05-01-2008, 12:57 AM
I don't know why everyone says swap to the GTE. I could slap a BFT on the N/A and make nice numbers.

Ask Ben....we may do it the Indiana way. :laugh:

...you mean "the jordan way" lol

05-01-2008, 02:43 PM
You guise may be seeing a 5sfe done the "indiana way" here within the next month or so....

But in terms of the 850.... they really aren't THAT bad. Granted, someone on a small budget working part time and going for school should NEVER have one, BUT:

1) Bimmer forums are great to get parts from
2) They also know cheap parts sources. If i could get into my old email, i'd have a source, but i can't remember the name. It was from back when i was looking into a 1989 750IL. Which, keep in mind... a lot of the parts swap from into the 850iL as well.

It'll be more expensive to maintain than the SC300, no doubt about it, but it's not the evil that everyone is making it out to be. It's the most exclusive BMW made in recent history, it's not going to be common, but for what you're getting, i'd say it would be worth it if you could afford it.

Think of it as a budget Ferrari, if not in performance, in the "AAAhhhhhh!!!!" factor.