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Red face 850i... Good, Bad, what say you? Should I buy one? Help!

I am interested in getting a 1991 850i as my daily ride. I love the lines on the car and there is one I can buy from a private party for $ 15,000. It has 100,000 mi on it. Am I taking on someone elses problems or could this be a good investment and a fun car to own for a long time. Please offer your advice as I don't want to buy it purely on emotion and get into a money pit situation later on.

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Good investment, no chance.
Nice ride though. Main problem is electrical niggles. They've depreciated massively, so ou get a lot of car for the money

did you mean to get this forum, for motorcycles?
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I know I won't make money on the car, but will it last.

Will it get me around town safely or will I be spending more time in a rental car?

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Get a clean 911 carrera preferably an 87-89

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Be very carefull with your choice in 840 or 850 model cars. they are very expensive to maintain and parts are like hens teeth. It has been said on many BMW car lists that i'm on that what ever you pay for an 850, make sure you have that again for repairs.
All that being said tho, i love the look of them and the thought of the V12 is orgazmic.
If you want a good fun collectible that can be track dayed, you cant pass a good 2002ti <- thats the model, not the build year
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I'm with saintly. For $15K, you're going to be riding in a car with fuel, insurance, and maintenance expenses of a $100K vehicle. Great niche vehicle, but boy-oh-boy, I can't think of a car with more wallet reaming potential at the service bay. I wouldn't think about it unless you can absorb a random $3K+ hit for something or other that fails. And probably average $1500+/year on maintenance in general.

Want a $15K sports coupe with some spice? I'd look for a 95 M3 or a 911.

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Thank you all soooooo much for the words. I am convinced that an 850i is not the right car for me at this time FINANCIALLY. in the future maybe, but not right now. Thanks again for saving me. Great advice.

Grunny
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I test drove a couple of clean 800's (an 850 and 840). The automatic was a turn off for me. There are only a handful of 850CSI's out there (6 speed). Markjenn is very right about maintenance. This car has drive by wire, and the servos come in pairs at $1400.00. Replacing the servos multiple times is not a wonderful thing. The engines are pretty good though. The V12 is the same one used in the 750 so it reasonably common. The 840 has the same 4.4L that is in the 540i and others. It is rock solid. The OBC is the same pile of crap that all the early 90's cars have. They are prone to bust (at least they are easy to replace).

Passing is a good idea unless you really want to keep your hands full. I almost fell under the spell, but backed out when I remember my 69 Alpha GTV....
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What a great board. The poot sod gets lost looking for advice and what he ends up with is a some very good info!...I got this furnace........!!
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Great Grunny, now you'll have enough money to purchase what we all have...MOTORCYCLES!
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Take it easy there Kam. Don't forget to signal. Drive safely there buddy.
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Uh, ride safely...
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