Friday, April 20, 2018

V12 E31: 1993 BMW 850ci

The 1990 release of the E31 850ci was BMW's response to decades of Mercedes SL luxury sport coupes, but it featured a V12 engine and a raked Klaus Kapitza design that looked like the future when released.  I think the 850ci still makes a statement on the road today as long as some part of the complex engine management system doesn't decide to make a statement you don't like. Find this 1993 BMW 850ci offered for $15,000 in Santa Fe Springs, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:
Up for sale is my 1993 850ci. I have owned this car for nearly 3 years now. I am the 3rd owner. This car has only been driven on weekends and special occasions while I have owned it. I have always kept up with the maintenance, and always replaced parts with oem replacements. I have all the receipts from myself and previous owners totaling over 20k. This car currently needs nothing, and all the problems these cars are notorious for having have been addressed with receipts to prove it. This car is a blast to drive and is in great condition. I always get thumbs up and comments from people on the road. I recently had my m parallel wheels refinished. There is no curb rash and tires are 2 months old. I also have installed an m tech 2 steering wheel but I still have the original. 

See a better way to drive something that is "GR8"?


  1. Wonder which V-12 will burn through your money quicker, this one or a Jaguar?

    1. I'm not sure how much the V12 will cost you, but I think the rest of the vehicle from BMW was well built and should put miles behind you with less fuss compared to a similar vintage V12 jaaaaaaaaaaaaaag. At least that is what my armchair gut says.

  2. This car is a beautiful example of automotive sculpture.

    It's only when you take it out on a road that problems occur.

    It's a looker. Not a booker.

    -Stan (the *other* Stan...who thinks the front end of the 850 is reminiscent of the M1...)

    1. I think that is a risk I'd be willing to take...but only if the V12 is properly uncorked first. (and fixed to a 6-speed manual). listen here


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