"I got my 1997 840ci 21/2 years ago from someone who used it as a week-end driver and kept excellent service records. Car has been very dependable. It is so comfortable (I am 6'1" tall) and runs great! Everyone asks about it because they haven't seen one. What a cheap thrill! If you can find one well maintained...BUY IT!!"
"God, but you have to love the BMW 8 series, in either the V-8 or 12-cyl. versions.
That low-slung design looks great after 20 years, with its M-1 nose and pert tail. And as a road tourer, it's still pretty competitive if you're not too fussy. As a local BMW specialist shop-owner says,
"Think of it as a Ferarri with a Bimmer badge."
And it costs like a Ferarri to maintain, no question. Virtually no part is common with any other BMW. If you need a front bumper, it's over two grand in the box; then you need to put it on the car, which costs hundreds more. Rebuilding the pop-up headlights is another two grand, again just for the parts.
Still, our 1997 840 -- in the family from new -- continually turns heads with its exotic looks. Just prepare to turn your pockets inside out in exchange for not paying depreciation on something newer. It's probably a wash, as long as you don't lose a transmission or have serious engine trouble; if so, you're toast. I've spent $2,300 per year on avg for the 7 years since we bought the car from my wife's uncle at wholesale.
And it looks like the 8 series has about stopped depreciating...a good late one (and you can find one if you're patient) still costs north of 12 grand, and there you are -- with a Ferarri that'll keep you poor, but will make your heart sing every time you turn the key."
"The shark nose beamer is truly a blast from the past. If you ever have an oppurtunity to drive one, do it, you will not be dissapointed. If they would of only came out with a convertible to compete with Mercedez, they may have very well been still producing the 8 series today. Everybody has a 3 series, you don't see to many 8 series anymore. Enjoy if you have one!!!"
"I have owned my 850ci since 1997. It was one of the last ones to come into the country. I was a previous owner of a 1973 e-type Jaguar (V12) so I was not afraid of the engine. My 850ci is much more reliable. I was once ticketed by the Nevada Highway Patrol while on cruise control at 110. When the officer came up to my window he told me that he had clocked me at 111 (my wife was working on her computer at the time). I didn't argue and he told me if I was going to drive that fast this was the car to do it in. He was nice and wrote me up for 90. My son describes the car as a "German muscle car" in an "Italian Skin". What more can I Say!"