In Reply to: Re: Finally, a list for the ultimate BMW's posted by RM789 on April 01, 1999 at 20:17:09:
: : The E31 finally gets a list. Thanks for making it available.
: : So much is misunderstood about the 8 series because it is so far out of the mainstream. Most people simply haven't had an opportunity to drive one, but if they did, you wouldn't hear as much negativity as you do about them. The E31's mission and purpose has never been understood by the masses. From BMW's perspective, it represented the pinnacle of their engineering ability at the time it was introduced. Unfortunately, they chose to go way up-market with it and it became totally unaffordable for most of the car buying population. From a driver's perspective, however, this model represents the best BMW grand touring coupe money can buy. And it remains so today. And better yet, great examples are becoming available on the used car market at reasonably affordable prices.
: : Drving an 8'er is sheer pleasure as the car is incredibly stable, solid, and powerful. Whether you're loafing around town in traffic, or barrelling down the interstate at 90 mph, you always feel in complete control, with vast amounts of reserve power always available at your beckon.
: : Is the 8 the best handling BMW? No, of course not. It was never intended to be. Is it the fastest BMW? Well, if top end matters, then arguably the 850CSi very well may be. Is it one of the safest BMW's? Very likely. It's a solid, heavy car, and will win most impacts with anything short of a Suburban. Is it the cheapest BMW to maintain? No, it is an expensive car to maintain and insure. Is it the best looking, most stylish BMW ever? Without a doubt.
: As an owner of an 840ci who has been questioned on why he choose that car, I couldn't agree more! Glad to finally find a board where I can talk to other 8 Series owners!
"The most stylish BMW ever"
You have got to be joking!
This was always the problem with this car - it looks like a rich man's Ford Probe (don't know if this car is called the same in the U.S - but you'll definitely know what I mean!)
I am sure it has the dynamic qualities described above but it looks 'tarty' and personally I would be embarrassed to be seen in one let alone pay money for one!
Question - why did the car never sell well for BMW?
Answer - because people stopped wearing their flares wide and their sideburns long back in 1976!
BMW have always sold on dynamic qualities and style - and this car doesn't have enough of the latter.
Strikingly different to other BMWs (except M1)-yes
"Stylish" - well if you think this it......Sorry!!