E31 drivers and fun club - BMW 8-series only BMW 8-Series E31 1989-1999 // £4000-£20,000 This big coupe is arguabl...
E31 drivers and fun club - BMW 8-series only

BMW 8-Series E31 1989-1999 // £4000-£20,000

This big coupe is arguably one of BMW’s most elegant productions. It’s low, wide and looks almost timeless. Although V12 M70/M73 models are more powerful and tempting, the V8 M60/M62 makes a lot more sense.


If you fancy a modern classic with all the benefits (and pitfalls), then BMW’s glutinous E31 8 Series of the 1990s is for you. A glorious GT that comes as a V8 but is never better than in magnificent V12 form, you can pick both up for buttons. And that’s the problem – because many were and run on a shoestring by 3 Series owners with ideas above their station! There’s lots of expensive electronics to go wrong, and they usually will due to previous neglect. Top buy is the 850CSi but most owners know their worth.


Like its German relation the mighty Porsche 928, BMW’s super suave 8 Series never really received the plaudits it genuinely deserved when launched over 20 years ago. Initially it was M70 V12-powered before an equally good 286bhp V8 M60/M62 (840i) came and joined the range. Like the 928, this German is most at home when long distance touring but the 380bhp, 5.6-litre CSi is as good as many established super cars. The Beemer’s complexity means maintenance and repairs can easily outweigh the car’s real world value because you can pick one up for as little as a few grand even though you’d be mad to!

Shortly after eight BMW 8-series E31

It was one of the stars of the IAA 1989: the BMW 8-Series Coupé. Based on the 7 Series (E 32) made especially the courageous design of the 4.78-meter-long luxury liner that fans of the brand. The flat silhouette, the spectacular pop-up headlights and the many body details were competitors Mercedes-Benz W126 Coupé and Jaguar XJS seem like from another planet. The design revolution continued in the interior: A shapely, clear lined dashboard surrounded the passengers who made themselves comfortable on new integral seats. That the giant was built for two, had no appreciable trunk and was unreadable, the customers of the first hour did not bother - it already likely that the first built twelve-cylinder had his trouble with the two-ton BMW out of the 7-Series E32. However, the performance was not bad. The later model with 326hp and five-speed automatic could rather convincing. It was only with the 5.6-liter of the CSI and the six-speed manual entered the 8 into the circle of the sports car. Today these distinctions hardly play a role. Especially the imaginary as entry-level engine V8 models (4.0 and 4.4 liters) have a special charm, but they have more than the classic exhaust note, while the twelve-cylinder rather confident with refinement. But the budget determines the model. Inexpensive are still 4.0 times liter 840i and 850i. For the rare CSi, the 326hp 850C or the 4.6-liter V8 car is already too late. They have already started their pricing soaring.

Model: BMW 8 Series (E 31)
Power: 4.0-5.6-litres gasoline engines; 286-380 hp
Construction period: 5 / 1989-5 / 1999
No. of items: 30,621
Recommendation: If the shape in the foreground represents, is served i well with the standard 850.
Techies take the CSI with all-wheel steering.
Both V8 are suitable for everyday use.
Do not: Buy Worn basic models and try to restore. Also of CSI should stay away, unless they are cheap.
Repair Reserve: EUR 5,000 should have at
His start. Because parts are expensive and repairs sometimes.
Value forecast: CSi and the two late.
Twelve cylinders are already expensive, but continue to grow, 840i and 850i expected something need until a measurable rise in prices recorded can be.

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  •   Dan Furr reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    Trending: #BMW-850CSi-E31 / #BMW-850Csi / #BMW-E31 / #BMW-8-Series / #BMW-8-Series-E31 / #BMW / #BMW-M8
    One to buy!

    BMW’s big 8 Series coupé may be a thing of great beauty, but it was never a success, largely due to being too big and expensive for what you got, and too heavy to really enjoy chucking about. BMW never sold more than 10,000 in a year.

    None of that kind of thing has ever prevented a car becoming a classic before, but the 840 and 850 have even struggled to gain that recognition, gaining ground at a slower pace than everything else in the recent boom. But there is one exception to all that, and it’s a car many may not even be aware of. It was built from 1992-1996, during which time only 160 BMW 850CSis were produced in right-hand drive. Which is a shame because this, in reality, is the range’s #M-car . Its prototype was even called the #BMW-M8-E31 . For these the #BMW-V12 was bored out to 5.6 litres and kicked out 375bhp rather than the standard 322. That boost in power meant it could kick some bottoms. Suspension and steering were modded too, and you could only have one with a six-speed manual. Now these are worth something. Prices have shot up recently and can now top £50k – more than three times the price of a regular 850.
    The 850CSi is the M-car of the 8 Series.
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  •   Chris G reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    STEVEN’S E31 #BMW-850Ci-E31 / #BMW-850Ci / #BMW-E31 / #BMW / #BMW-850i-E31 / #BMW-8-Series / #BMW-8-Series-E31 / #BMW-M70 /

    Yes, I know the 850 is supposed to be for sale. But you can’t sell a broken car, and if there’s one thing that E31s are good at, it’s being very high maintenance.

    I suppose I could call this one a narrow escape, as it happened the day after it passed its #MOT . Upon start-up, I heard the characteristic screech of a worn fan belt. This surprised me as it’s not that old, however it is adjustable, so I mentally put it on the ‘to-do’ list. While pulling away, however, I heard a distinct rattling noise coming from the engine bay, so I quickly pulled over to investigate. I found the viscous fan rattling away at all sorts of angles, with coolant spraying out from the water pump which it’s connected to. Clearly the water pump had lost its bearings and was moving in a ‘nonlinear’ fashion.

    Water pumps are not that hard to change, they are simply bolted to the front of the engine block. Accessing one, however, does require the removal of several parts, namely the viscous fan, fan shroud, radiator and coolant hoses, thermostat, both auxiliary fan belts and associated tensioners, and finally the crank pulley. The last one is particularly difficult to remove and has to be levered off using a large screwdriver, lots of muscle and even more patience. All of this took me about four hours to remove.

    I could now access the water pump, and removal of that was interesting. The pump housing has three threaded holes in it which seem to serve no purpose as they line up with nothing. In fact, they are there for removal. You screw some bolts into the holes and, by tightening them up, they push the pump away from the block. After that, you just need to carefully pull the pump off from the block, trying not to pull the top hoses off from the back of the engine.

    Fitting of the new pump was, as always, the reversal of removal, and once I’d drained and replaced the remaining coolant I fired her up. Lo and behold, a spinning fan and no leaks. Happy days, and all-in the job took six hours. Shame I chose a day when it was 33°C, but never mind. I also had another go at the headlining last week. I replaced the headlining a couple of years ago when I rebuilt the sunroof as it was sagging badly and quite dirty. It was a time-consuming, but relatively simple job. However I noticed that it was starting to sag again, so clearly more attention was required. It is only really held-up with clips so can be pulled off once you have removed the roof handles and sun visors, and I set to work removing and re-gluing the material back on, this time with stronger glue. All of the clips instantly broke when I removed it (as they always do) so a quick trip to BMW sorted me a replacement set. Once refitted, I have to say it was looking rather smart. Now I can sell it.

    Knackered old water pump has been replaced. New water pump in place.
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    ilia.ermakov uploaded 42 photos in the album 2017 BMW Concept 8 Series
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