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Old 05-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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Buying an 850i Hints? Issues?

I am close to buying a 1991 850i. It is a southern car and has about 50000 miles on it.
Mileage has been verified and there are some service records.
Internet searches give really mixed results ranging from saying it is bulletproof, to never going near them for electrical problems.

I am on pension so don't want huge financial surprises.

What can I expect for a car with this mileage? Would you well qualified members buy it?

Thanks!
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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Hard to work on the engine, i havent heard much of electrical issues. Gorgeous cars.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:59 AM   #3
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Its a wonderfull choice however you need to have deep pockets and some DYI knolege otherwise this can and will get expensive fast , you are dealing with a 22 year old car so even tho kms are low all the gaskets , rubber hosses , bushings and upper and lower oil pan gaskets need to be looked after also these cars get often plagued by parasitic drainage witch could be verry chalenging to track it down also it uses 2 batteries that are in parralel connection if the charging state of one battery is lower than the other than both will go flat in a matter of hours or days , also getting parts could and will be challenging considering the age of this car and not a lot of cars are being parted out so they are kinda scarce and finally the fuel consumption might and will reach 22lt per 100kms !

On a possitive note this is a unique car and it was years ahead of its time and the feeling that it gives you cruizing down the highway no other car can give this feeling combined with the silky smooth v12 !

I am a proud owner of a E31 1991 850i j-spec and i would recomend this vehicle to anyone that is looking to own a piece of history and a thrill to drive a legend !
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:43 PM   #4
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They are brilliant, parts are expensive, they're not really that bad for maintenance, their reputation makes them out to sound far worse than they are... that said, they aren't cheap either. There's a good bunch of 8ers in the GTA, most are active at bimmerforums, you can search gt8 there to bring up the greater toronto 8's thread in the e31 subforum.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:50 PM   #5
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I am close to buying a 1991 850i. It is a southern car and has about 50000 miles on it.
Mileage has been verified and there are some service records.
Internet searches give really mixed results ranging from saying it is bulletproof, to never going near them for electrical problems.

I am on pension so don't want huge financial surprises.

What can I expect for a car with this mileage? Would you well qualified members buy it?

Thanks!
Buy two of them. A driver and a parts car.
Joking aside, with the age and limited numbers, you have to admit, having a parts car would be nice.

Beautiful looking cars.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:39 PM   #6
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speaking of parts cars.. i see see one parked in front of a mechanic shop everyday on my way to work.. queen and leslie area... looks to be abandoned and maybe for sale
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:31 AM   #7
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I would say the engine and tranny are one of the most reliable BMW has build, next to the M30 that is! The M70/72 were pretty bullitproof, and so is the 5HP30. Far more reliable than any V8 they have made, but they have electrical problems. Mostly with DME's (that end up burning the coil), and throttle bodies that are $2000 each new! Millage does not seem to affect them in any way, in the last few years i had 4 of them (in 750il's) from 120K to 300K+ and they all perform the same!

Like most older HIGH end BMW's, this is not something to do on a budget, unless you DIY, or at least do a lot of research and know people to work on it for a reasonable price. If you bring it to a random shop everytime something goes wrong, thing will get expensive FAST!
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