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Racing Teatray

8-series

This has popped up for sale barely a mile from my house so cannot resist going to take a look even though it does have paedo leather, as everything else about it looks very tidy and appealing:

http://www.alexcreasy.co.uk/bmw-8...in-battersea-south-london-6091657

£15k is quite strong for an 840 but it's one of the last 4.4 Sports (5-spd auto and a fairly comprehensive spec) with a low mileage and prices seem to be edging up. There are a couple of low-mileage 840s in the classifieds for £40k which is undoubtedly highly speculative, but equally I cannot see a £15k one losing value.
Big Blue

Very nice and with it being so close to home it would be foolish not to take a peek.
Frank Bullitt

I remember when these were introduced thy were much derided as overpriced, over-bloated, over-tech and ugly when compared to the 6-series but the market seems to be very fond of them. I've always liked them and thought the idea of the 850CSi is very appealing.
Martin

Worth having a look at, just to get a benchmark if nothing else.  Would this be a replacement for the 135i?  As a weekend and occasional toy that's kept tucked up in a garage I can see the appeal, but not as your main car.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
Worth having a look at, just to get a benchmark if nothing else.  Would this be a replacement for the 135i?  As a weekend and occasional toy that's kept tucked up in a garage I can see the appeal, but not as your main car.


I think the opposite, I can see this as a cool every day car but a bit dull as a toy.
Tim

I think the 8 series is one of those cars that will really benefit from regular use
Frank Bullitt

I'm sure Racing mentioned he didn't use a car daily but had a need for a car to regularly use - I think this fits the bill perfectly, probably not in the same level of risk for being ruinous as something like the M5 was but just a bit special, 4-seater coupe with pop-up headlights.
PG

Another here who likes the 8 series. Although for me, that color combo inside would make that particular one a no-no.

Prices do seem to be rising for 8 series.
Tim

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-840...low-1-owner-87k-fsh-/311692267855
PhilD

Frank Bullitt wrote:
I'm sure Racing mentioned he didn't use a car daily


Now I think about it I did mean regularly rather than daily.
Big Blue

Now that yellow one fits the bill.
PhilD

Big Blue wrote:
Now that yellow one fits the bill.


That's a duck pun right?
Big Blue

I didn't want to bring it down to that level....
Racing Teatray

I could not have a yellow one!
PhilD

Agree, it looks fowl.
Nice Guy Eddie

If I was going for something nice looking but average to drive I'd be more tempted by this.

http://www.pistonheads.com/classi...i-ii-auto-massive-history/5962885

What could possibly go wrong.
Racing Teatray

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
If I was going for something nice looking but average to drive I'd be more tempted by this.

http://www.pistonheads.com/classi...i-ii-auto-massive-history/5962885

What could possibly go wrong.


Apart from the vile interior, it's an auto! Which is fine on the 8-series which has a relatively modern 5-spd Steptronic, less so on the Ghibli, which has an old-skool slusher IIRC.

Unless absolutely smitten by this car, I shall probably stick with the M135i for two reasons:

(i) path of immeasurably less resistance with my wife; and

(ii) the M135i is just so low-maintenance and user-friendly.
JohnC

Strangely, I looked at that very car online earlier this week and thought it looked really nice.

I think I would still keep the 135i though but if it was really good and it might go up in value, the 8 does have appeal.
Michael

I often see this yellow one around town although most recently it was on the back of a truck.
Nice Guy Eddie

Racing Teatray wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
If I was going for something nice looking but average to drive I'd be more tempted by this.

http://www.pistonheads.com/classi...i-ii-auto-massive-history/5962885

What could possibly go wrong.


Apart from the vile interior, it's an auto! Which is fine on the 8-series which has a relatively modern 5-spd Steptronic, less so on the Ghibli, which has an old-skool slusher IIRC.

Unless absolutely smitten by this car, I shall probably stick with the M135i for two reasons:

(i) path of immeasurably less resistance with my wife; and

(ii) the M135i is just so low-maintenance and user-friendly.


Vile interior?

Looks fabulous
Racing Teatray

In case you think I am being suspiciously quiet, I never got around to going to see it - I hadn't realised they were only open until 2.30 on Saturdays.
Big Blue

We're just waiting for the picture of you leaning on the bonnet parked on Cheyne Walk with the Albert Bridge in the backdrop.
Michael

Big Blue wrote:
We're just waiting for the picture of you leaning on the bonnet parked on Cheyne Walk with the Albert Bridge in the backdrop.


As he called the AA for the second time that morning.
Roadsterstu

I can't see such a huge issue with a grey interior. But then I have a grey interior. It wouldn't be my first choice but that looks fine on the BMW.
Racing Teatray

Michael wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
We're just waiting for the picture of you leaning on the bonnet parked on Cheyne Walk with the Albert Bridge in the backdrop.


As he called the AA for the second time that morning.


Naahhh...it's not a 456GT...
Big Blue

Ouch! Still my all time favourite car.
Racing Teatray

Big Blue wrote:
Ouch! Still my all time favourite car.


Likewise, but I did actually spot an otherwise very tidy-looking silver 456M, bonnet popped and hazards on, hauled up on the side of the Kings Road near my house the other day. The 30-something driver did look very hacked off and it was a salutary reminder....
Frank Bullitt

Had a good pole around the 456 at the Haynes Motor Museum and was left a little underwhelmed to be honest - flaky is the best way to describe it!
Michael

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Had a good pole around the 456 at the Haynes Motor Museum and was left a little underwhelmed to be honest - flaky is the best way to describe it!


Did they start it up?
Frank Bullitt

Sadly not, it was just on display - the panel gaps were a mess and the trim around the Windows, for example, looked plain shoddy
Michael

I'm not sure build quality is what the Ferrari experience is all about, though - desirable as it may be.
Frank Bullitt

True, but I think I'd be a bit hacked off if a rebodied MR2 looked better-built.
Big Blue

Yeah I love the idea of a Ferrari but the reality may not live up to the expectation.
Nice Guy Eddie

Its from the 90's, you should have seen the panel gaps in my Golf back then.

We had a 355 at the time and there was nothing wrong with the build quality, it was the absurd servicing costs that I remember the old man loosing his hair over. That's the only thing, well that and I can't afford one,  putting me off a 550/575.
Big Blue

Yeah servicing costs. That E34 M5 touring I looked at had £7-8k of servicing costs on file from the previous 2 years so I looked away.

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