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    Dan Furr

    1997 BMW 840Ci Sport Automatic M62 E31

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 21 June 2019

    Coupé E31 840Ci Sport (1996-1999) BMW’s sharp-nosed 1990s super coupé is now an appreciating classic and, if you can find a well-maintained 4.4-litre 1996-on 840Ci, then you could be on to a winner. More reliable than the gas-guzzling 850 V12, the ‘entry-level’ V8 looks just as cool – with its pillarless side profile and classic pop-up headlights – and performs damn-near as well. But you must avoid the early 4.0-litre M60-engined version (1992-1996) which suffered from Nikasil bore-wear issues.

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    Me and my car 1998 BMW 840Ci Sport E31

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 25 January 2019

    Derin Oloyede has enjoyed many different BMWs over the years, but few have impressed him enough to keep. As Chris Graham discovers, though, this fine E31 BMW 840Ci Sport is a different matter.

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    BMW E31 8-Series Top 10 trouble-shooting tips

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, 22 December 2018

    BMW E31 8 Series trouble-shooter. Andrew Everett provides his top 10 tips for those interested in buying, running and repairing the complicated but desirable 8 Series.

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    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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    Adam Towler

    1997 BMW 840Ci E31 Paul Blythe

    Posted in Cars on Sunday, 04 November 2018

    1997 BMW 840Ci E31 Paul Blythe ‘The V8 power is so smooth. Plus who can resist pop-up headlights?' A lot of work has gone into making Paul's 8 so good.  

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    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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