View Full Version : Does anyone here own an 850?

12-25-2004, 11:23 AM
I am interested to hear from 850 owners on the daily-driver reliability of this car.

Can it be driven daily?
Is the required maintenance exessively costly?
Can the vehicle be serviced by the owner? (regular maintenance only)
How difficult/costly would it be to convert an automatic 850 to a 6-speed?


12-25-2004, 01:13 PM
I dont own one but they are siiiiiick. I have heard the maintenance costs are fairly high though given the rarity of many of the parts. that said my only buying advice for one of these cars would be make sure it has a FULL service history otherwise walk away... A 3 series you can get by if it hasnt been Maintained to the T, but an 850....

also, from what I have read you are better off with an 840 - Very similar performance to the 12, theoretically lower running costs.

but if you have the $$$.... a 1995 850 Csi would be pretty nice :)

12-25-2004, 10:15 PM
Reasonable ...what you would expect from a BMW
If you're referring to changing fluids, breaks, etc ... then I don't see why not
Very costly - not worth it ... try to find 6speed if you can

PS: you would have less problems with 840 - more reliable

12-31-2004, 07:34 AM

12-31-2004, 06:36 PM
I have seen that site some time ago. Looking for feedback from locals...


12-31-2004, 07:27 PM
Rahul are you planning on owning every model BMW possible, you are on a good roll :D

01-01-2005, 08:51 AM
I'm just trying to find one I *REALLY* like! :D :D

01-04-2005, 08:15 PM
Lol i was gunna say PM Rush

01-07-2005, 04:31 PM
friend of me.. Drunkfux had a 850 as daily driver.. no problems at all..

loved that car..

01-07-2005, 06:02 PM
What happened to it?

01-18-2005, 05:24 PM
I heard that the 850 's have a bad sulfur problem..... I wanted to drop an 850 motor into my 6 series... but then I was advised against it...


01-18-2005, 05:29 PM
im buying a 850 twin Turbo charged with 900hp and will be adaily driver lol, its so that any friggin guy in his ferrari wants to lay down the green then ill be ready, muhahahah lol

01-18-2005, 09:45 PM
Where and for how much?

01-18-2005, 10:48 PM
8 series are the dirtiest cars. I wet myself everytime i get lucky enough to see one.

01-21-2005, 09:14 AM
I own a BMW 850i from 1991 fully loaded...for 3 months now, some pics in an other topic here.. Before that car i had a BMW 318is coup'e from 1992



10-16-2007, 06:54 PM
I have owned three 850's and i dont know why everyone is scared of them.

I would never buy an 840 - Nikasil issues and you don't get to watch people's faces when you tell them its a V12. (yes I know the 840 has nominally weight distribution).

If you are expecting the running costs to be in the 3 series range look elsewhere. If you are comparing it to a comparable v12 exotic it's a bargain.
The only really expensive part of ownership is the Inspection 2 , mainly because it requires changing the plugs, wires ($600 or so for each bank from the dealer), cap and rotor (one for each bank).

Gas is also a killer, It is easily the worst car I have ever owned for gas mileage. it will give you almost 30MPG when you are set on cruise control on the highway...down hill with the wind blowing favorably. City driving with any sort of enthusiasm will see you in 9-12mpg range.

The M70 engine is pretty much bullet proof. Just make sure that the car has the updated rad cap - or else there may be headgasket issues.

Auto Transmissions can start to let go around 160k (damn BMW lifetime fluid), but there are plenty of low mileage cars around that you dont have to waste your time with a high km car.

Like someone else mentioned do not try and buy one that hasn't lived a pampered life. Buying a neglected one can cost more than the inital purchase price to put right.

Don't buy an auto and try and swap to a 6speed unless you have acess to lots of cheap rare parts and lots of mechanical skill/know somebody who has lots of mechanical skill that will work for next to free. Much easier and cheaper to just buy a 6 speed.

The biggest problem with them is that i'm pretty sure they are cursed.
Everytime i get a new one something always comes up that makes me need to sell them.
This time it seems to be the itch to buy a 911 before I turn 30.

10-16-2007, 10:56 PM
^^^ i'm soooo jealous of you..!

11-07-2007, 02:40 AM
but dont newer 840s have 4.4l engine? Like 1995-1997 year.

12-01-2007, 01:39 PM
my boss has a 850 V12 auto we have it here at my location actualy raul if u u wanted to come by and check it out, as far as maintenence goes ive been servicing this car for the past year or so since ive worked here. u have to find a vehicle thats been well taken care of or else you will see problems down the line like previously stated the autotranny in this car has already been replaced due to failures, full schnizter kit rims remus exhaust the works im not sure if hes selling it but he has another 850 for sale a V8 5spd model with 90,000km original and its charcoal with a ac schnizter kit and rims im not 100% on the price hes asking but call my cell and i can arrange a viewing for you if u like