1994 BMW 8 Series Reviews

1994 BMW 8 Series 840ci 4.0 V8 M60 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 M60 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance78500 miles

Summary:

Sheetmetal love at first sight

Faults:

Having owned a 12 cylinder 1991 BMW 850i a few years ago, and regretting that I sold it, I began a search for an 8 cylinder 840ci. The car I loved, but repairs to the V12 - not so much. Spotted a beauty in Florida at a private used car dealership and drove it home directly to NJ through a hurricane that followed me the entire route along I95.

Common issues with this model are the water pump (replaced) headlight adjusters (under a 15 year warranty from BMW) the electric seat gears;

The seatback latches and the occasional erroneous HAL9000-type onboard computer fault predictions that are in error; these are usually solved by turning off the engine and restarting or from a lightbulb that got moist from a wash. Cosmetic parts are becoming difficult to get, especially the console gear shift surround black plastic panel.

General Comments:

I cannot overstate the attention this car gets, especially from those who have heard about them but never seen one in the sheetmetal. People will chase to catch you on freeway for a look, or get whiplash as they pass in the opposite direction.

Approx 7000 total 8 series were imported to North America between 1991 and 1997; 1100 are known to be still registered. BMW spent $1 Billion (yes with B) developing this car intending to sell 300,000 worldwide; they achieved only 30,000 total sales - meaning each car cost them $35,000 before the first screw. In an effort to expand appeal of the $90k car; they introduced a V8 version for about $70k for model years 1994 and 1995; A total of only 1600 were sold so these are even rarer than the V12.

The horsepower is about 300, nearly identical to the V12; the exhaust is a little more robust and the costs of mechanical repair is half!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2009

1994 BMW 8 Series 840Ci 4.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

If you want to look good in a good looking car, then look no further

Faults:

Nikasil to Alusil engine upgrade, by BMW, at 48000 miles.

Steering box replaced at 65000, due to minor, but annoying, leak.

General Comments:

The 8 Series BMWs are driver's cars. The 840Ci is no exception and offers comfort and exhilaration in equal measure.

A very solid and stable car when driving at speed and extremely comfortable (as a two seater) for the occupants.

This is a car to see and be seen in. Not only does it get envious looks, but also affords the driver the sort of respect from other motorists that only royalty normally commands.

With so few on the roads, when you do see a fellow 8er, there is a great feeling of belonging to an exclusive club. This normally generates a smile or a wave of acknowledgment.

This car is no heavyweight slouch either, put your foot down and watch the speedometer rise as the fuel gauge falls - the air and scenery will whistle past. When you need it, it will also stop. The ABS is a life saver.

Safety is paramount in the design of this car. Airbags for driver and front passenger. Superbly built bodywork with impact zones to protect the occupants even at the 155MPH speeds that can be obtained.

With hardly any optional extras (most items are included), you can still turn your car to be an individual by fitting alloy wheels, performance chips and radar detectors.

This car is not one to be spoilt by 'boy racer' attachments and is appreciated and loved by it's owners.

It is usually a great buy having been looked after and lavished upon by it's previous owner. Few get mistreated and neglected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2005

1994 BMW 8 Series 840 cI 4.0 V8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi 3000GT

Summary:

An expensive mistake

Faults:

Water pump and thermostat failed, pumping water all over the engine.

BMW didn't tighten the radiator hose properly with similar results.

Brake pump failed.Fixed under independent warranty. Would have cost £1400.

Starts every time, though.

General Comments:

Seats are comfortable, but hard.

Acceleration is very good for such a heavy car.

Good on staight, flat roads, but not on twisty, pot-holed british roads.

Solid build quality.

Heavy depreciation, lost £6000 in 10 months.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th May, 2002

1994 BMW 8 Series 850 CSi 5.6 380bhp V12 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 5.6 380bhp V12 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 500 SEC

Summary:

The best looking car ever - with matching performance

Faults:

Air con failed - still not fixed.

Gone through many tires - replaced shock absorbers.

General Comments:

Amazing in every aspect - top notch performance and perfect ride and handling.

Still the best looking car EVER I think, even though the design is 11 years old - looks the part, Silver or Calypso Red are the colours to have.

Wish to get yet another 8 Series soon, and a new 8 series is out in 2002/2003, rare manual CSi is very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2001

6th Jun 2005, 06:17

The 850 CSI is among the best looking cars ever! I just want to ask you hows the fuel consumption on that V12? under normal driving and hard driving? How does it feel to have 380 bhp and 405 lb/ft under your right foot?, only asking cos I've never been in anything near your cars power/torque.

Raziel.

9th Mar 2006, 19:35

This car is beautiful, I've had the luxury to drive it once, but never owned one! Well perhaps I might own one if they start producing a new 8 series, based on this model again?

In Canada 8 series is pretty rare and I've seen it only twice on roads.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews