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    What's the differance: 850i vs 850Ci

    m73 engine?


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    Re: What's the difference: 850i vs 850Ci

    : m73 engine?

    Actually, the M73 (5.4 liter, 322 hp) wasn't introduced until 1996, IIRC. 850Ci deisgnation with the M70 engine was used in MY 1993, and only changes I can figure from previous year was upgraded interior leather, pax air bag, some chrome trim pieces, and a fold-down rear seat. Also, didn't they drop the 6-speed manual in 1993?


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    wasn't the 322hp car an "850CSI?".....there was a sweet car and driver test on that puppy if anyone is so inclined. still may be in hard copy at most libraries.

    chris king
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    Re: What's the difference: 850i vs 850Ci

    Yes, the six-speed manual transmission was discontinued on the 850Ci. Moreover, the autobox fitted to the 850Ci had five forward speeds vice four in the unit fitted to the 850i.

    With regard to creature comforts, the 850Ci used a more "gathered" leather for the seating surfaces that had a less "reflective" surface finish. IMHO, the replacement leather was a little more luxo than the slick, tightly stretched leather used on the 850i, which, to my eye, is more sportscar like in its look. Finally, the 850Ci featured wood dashboard trim. (It's looked like birdseye maple to me, but I could be wrong.) And the 850Ci had an upgraded cellular phone.

    BTW, when the 840Ci was introduced, BMW at first declined to offer many of the bells and whistles on that car. The idea was to encourage buyers who wanted the ultimate in comfort to buy the 12-cylinder car. But as E31 sales sagged, BMW relented and the very last examples of the 840Ci usually have almost the same equipment list.


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    Re: What's the difference: 850i vs 850Ci

    : wasn't the 322hp car an "850CSI?".....there was a sweet car and driver test on that puppy if anyone is so inclined. still may be in hard copy at most libraries.

    : chris king

    Chris,

    Here is the breakdown for the US:

    91-92 850i, 5.0L 296HP, auto(4sp) or 6-speed
    93-95 850Ci, 5.0L 296HP, auto(5sp), diff leather, new interior chrome accents
    94-95 850CSi, 5.6L 372HP, 6-speed, significantly different interior and exterior treatment
    96Ci-97CiA?, 5.4L 322HP, auto(5sp) only

    There are obviously other differences here and there, but those are the most obvious/noticeable.

    I am hoping to get a CSi, but if I cannot afford that, I personally prefer the 93+ Ci with the different transmission and leather. But that is just me =)

    Each year i or Ci is fine though. My buddy just picked up a green/parchment 91Ci and after I borrowed it for a few hours the other day, his bargain-basement cost of only $26k if awfully enticing too. The 93+ cars start getting a few thousand more expensive, and at their prices I am back to considering a low-end retail 94CSi.. ah well.. choices choices. But at least this is an enjoyable choice to have to consider eh?

    BTW, if you come across the issue that test was in, let me know. I would love to see it.

    al


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