Friday, August 17, 2018

E31 V12 LOL: 1993 BMW 850 CI

How bad can it be?  Where is the nearest BMW dealer? What is an electric throttle? What is an electron?  No these are not the answers to the latest Jeopardy quiz -- they are, unfortunately, the things you NEVER want to say after buying a V12 BMW that has sat for at least the last 10 years and costs less than a trip to the nearest dealer. Find this 1993 BMW 850 CI offered for $6,500 in Champaign, IL via craigslist.

From the seller: 
1993 BMW 850ci 850i 850csi 
condition: good 
cylinders: 12 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 115100 
paint color: black 
size: mid-size 
title status: clean 
transmission: automatic 
type: coupe 
1993 BMW 850ci
115100 Miles
5l V12 engine 300HP RWD
Automatic transmission
Black Paint in good condition
Gray Leather interior in good condition
18" M-Par Rims With brand new tires
16" stock rims with good tires

New water pump
Upgraded Sony Radio with Bluetooth/USB
Runs and drives good, will take you home

Will need a tune up and new fluids, has been sitting for the most of last 10 years
Rear window has a crack
Seats are off tracks
Traction control and ABS and SRS lights are on (not sure of the issue, came on after sitting for the last month)
Fog lights stay on all the time (pull the fuse when parked)

Clean title in hand

$7000 with both sets of wheels
$6500 with just stock 16" wheels

Rare E31 BMW coupe

M3 M5 M6 335i 850csi 850i Alpina

See a better way to drive black?


  1. I'm certain that one day, not too far in the future some auto enthusiasts will look back on today's low BMW 8xx prices with astonishment in the same way that this classified ad for a Gullwing Mercedes resonates with us today.

  2. It seems like there is a business opportunity developing a modern replacement for all the computers in 1990s cars. A generic box with a CAN Bus module on an Arduino or Raspberry Pi should have way more computing power than whatever was top of the line then. I believe that this car was the first to implement the CAN bus.

  3. Is anyone doing LS swaps in these? I wonder how the BMW brains would interact with a Chevy powertrain?

  4. "Seats are off tracks"

    That's a new one for me...

  5. This is a roll of dice that are big enough to crush your savings account if they come up snake eyes. I have always loved the style of these big coupes though. An LS/trans swap would be a big project, but would give this car some decent longevity.

  6. Because the Ferrari 400i isn't German enough?

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