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Discussion in 'E31 (1991-1997)' started by wbmunroe, Oct 25, 2014.

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    wbmunroe

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    Really looking to get out of my 2006 E90 and into a 840/850.

    I could sure use some help with a few questions, and appreciate all the input.

    1.) Size... I am 6'4" and roughly 295-315lbs. While I fit comfortably in my E90, I would like to know the E31 is going to offer the same type of headroom/legroom. According to the specs, I should be in the clear. Again, just verifying. The closest one to my location (Oklahoma) is 400+ miles away. Therefore, it's kind of tough to go "check it out".

    2.) 840 or 850?? I have read forums and reports pertaining to both. This vehicle is going to be my daily driver. While I would prefer to own the V12, it seems the "safer" bet is the V8. There are numerous YouTube videos showing both stock & modified versions of both engines. I really do like the V12 sound!

    3.) Maintenance... By the time I make this purchase, I will be prepared to put "some" money into the car if the repairs are basic (i.e. Brakes, Rotors, etc...). There is a shop nearby that has worked on these, as well as a dealership that works on 1-2 every so often. There just are not that many around. Any suggestions on finding a reputable mechanic in a town other than my own to do an inspection where the car to be purchased is located? How do I know I'm being done right?

    4.) Longevity... Obviously, the newest model I can find would already be 17 years old (1997). Is this vehicle, with all of it's stunning looks, going to be something that will run for another 10+ years with the appropriate maintenance?

    Thank you in advance to any opinions/comments shared!
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    MGarrison

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    I drove one at O'Fest in 1992, I'm 6'3" & felt comfortable enough in the car - you're a little bigger than me, your best answer will come if you can find someone your height - you might try googling BMW E31 interior specs, maybe you can find one of those diagrams showing seat bottom distance to headliner, etc.

    See:

    http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?311-E31-Common-Problems-and-DIY-Fixes

    https://www.bmwcca.org/forum/index.php?threads/8-series-buying-advice.2663/

    That's the first two threads from googling "BMW E31 common problems"

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=BMW E31 common problems

    Might be worth checking out the two websites under "8 Series Registry" here:

    https://www.bmwcca.org/special-interest-groups
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    wbmunroe

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    Thank you... I have looked at the specs, and the headroom and legroom both appear to be greater than my E90 byt a few inches on both accounts. Since this vehicle is going to be my daily driver, I can not afford to have major issues go wrong with it. That is directing me more to the E63/E64... Well, that, and my wife! I appreciate the reply.
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    MGarrison

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    Great looking car, but as a technical tour-de-force from BMW at the time, they're loaded with electronics, & when those systems/components have issues, I believe they're difficult to diagnose (read: time-consuming, & thus, expensive), and then expensive parts to repair or replace, assuming they're not something hard-to-find, and since there's so much tightly packaged, laborious (read: time-consuming, & thus, expensive) to replace. If you don't have the time & desire to do your own diagnosis & problem resolution, I think those are the things that can get expensive to pay for in a hurry. It's not impossible, but I think maintaining & running E31's run a pretty good chance of being a labor of love rather than practicality.

    Do the same kind of research on the E63's so you have an idea what you might be in for with those, too.
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    wbmunroe

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    Thanks again! I appreciate the feedback. I have an idea what I'm up against, which is why I'm not just "jumping" into the first thing that looks good. Which ever one I purchase (E31 or E63) will be driven until the wheels come off, so I am researching as much as I can.

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