December 3, 2010
The 850 is a timeless design and a joy to look at. Any car with a V-12 is a pleasure to drive on the highway. The BMW 850 is heavy and softly sprung in stock form by today's standards. Modest lowering springs, chips and lower profile tires solves its problems to a very acceptable level.
A BMW V-12 is truly two I-6's mated together. One half of the engine will continue to work if the other side has a fault. So it's very reliable as a commuter. But that also means professional repairs can be expensive searching for the engine problem. If your willing to do some work yourself, the 850 is not that expensive to own and repair. Avoid dealerships. Their people have no idea how to fix an 8. A local Bimmer shop you trust can save you thousands.
For a pseudo exotic, the 850 is a fabulous car; that's why I have two of them. It is Not a sports car. The 850 is 1990's world class grand tourer. Ask it to do that, and you will love the car to death.