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Old 11-22-2004, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It seems like the 850 is getting down in price to the point where it seems like a bargin. But in actuality, are they going to be more than I bargined for?

I'm looking at a 93 with under 50K miles for about the same price as a newer 5-series with equal miles. I'd use it (more likely my wife would use it) as a low-miliage daily driver and occasional touring coach. Maybe 5-8K miles per year.

Is it reasonably practical to choose this 850 over the sedan?

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The problem with the 850 is the unreliability of the V12.

Have you considered an 840? The V8 puts up comparable power, and is much less of a hassle to deal with.
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I have a 1988 750 and the v12 has no problems (other systems may)in fact she is pretty bullet proof, many of them running around with over 200,000 miles.
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The problem with the 850 is the unreliability of the V12.

Have you considered an 840? The V8 puts up comparable power, and is much less of a hassle to deal with.
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I second this, the V12 should only be considered if you really have the time, money and patience to deal with the kind of care needed to keep the V12 running at top efficiency and reliably. The 8 Series was pretty cool, but has been far exceeded in this day and age.
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