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Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 34 Ratings for the 1992 - 1997 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.7/10
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Remarkable auto

By on Sunday, January 20, 2008

10 10.0
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10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"I have owned my 96 850 for two years now and have found it to be one of the most satisfying autos I have ever owned. I also own two other GT cars that I love but find the 850 preferable especially on long trips. It may not handle as well as some sports cars but the over all driving experience is excellent. I have found myself looking for another one in case something were to happen to the 96. I would have preferred a 6 speed manual but the automatic on the 850ci version is a good compromise. Wonderful, solid car."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

It's a classic

By on Monday, July 28, 2008

10 10.0
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10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"Most people define a "classic" as a car having perhaps limited production, distinctive styling, exceptional performance, ahead of it's time, and quality. The late model 8 series fits all of those definitions. I waited until the very last minute to factory order a 97 840 (last of the series). Although mine is a low mileage "garage queen" it makes my heart sings every time I take it out for exercise. A truely exceptional effort by BMW."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Ultimate Driving Macine

By on Monday, May 26, 2008

10 10.0
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10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

"I bought a 1995 840ci in 2000 with low miles. Had to sell it due to job transfer overseas. Upon my return to the US in 06, I purchased a rare sweet 850ci. The four years i was away all i talked about was buying another 8 series upon my return. No words can explain what this car is capable of. This is a true classic. Style, handling, 160 no sweet. I will always own an eight."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"very good fast car!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Hiiiigh maintenance forever...

By on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

10 6.0
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Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

"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."

23 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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