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Back in Service After 16 Years - V12 BMW E31 850i Revival - Project Malaga: Part 2

Fast-paced, wrench action-packed revival of a 1991 BMW E31 850i that was left to rot in a garage for the last 16 years before I acquired it. In this video, we bring this mighty V12 back to life.
Towards the end of the video, I made a breakdown of parts and their cost. Also, in the end I give a hint of what the next M project car is!
P.S. I upgraded the camera so the video quality should be much better!
Part 1 - mnmore.info/bin/video/hp_Hy86gpZDHmdY
Repairs/work done in this video:
Replacement of all fluids (engine, coolant, brake fluid, gearbox, differential...)
All filters (engine, cabin, fuel...)
Fuel pumps & fuel sender unit
Spark plugs
Ignition wires
Distributor caps & rotors
Belts & pulleys
Oil pan gasket
Expansion tank & radiator
Water pump & thermostat
Valley pan gasket
Fuel injector service
Clutch slave cylinder
Camshaft banjo bolts with locking tabs
Valve cover gasket
Intake manifold gaskets
ABS pump & brake lines
Seat twist repair
Detailing of the interior
T-shirts - teespring.com/stores/m539-restorations
Instagram: m539_restorations
Email: M539restorations@gmail.com
Music by Epidemic Sound (www.epidemicsound.com)


  1. Valdas Stasevicius

    Valdas Stasevicius

    Цагийн өмнө

    Was hoping to find some basic video about 850. Instead, it was a beautiful car and even more beautiful work done on it. Absolutely amazing, bs free, down to earth approach,well done!

  2. S H

    S H

    2 цагийн өмнө

    is it possible that project Bilbao and this one were afterwards bought by the same guy, or did they just use the same carrier with the same minivan and trailer? :D

  3. علي المجدوعي أبو فارس

    علي المجدوعي أبو فارس

    10 цагийн өмнө

    Indeed, I like your work experience and excellent work quality - I am from Saudi Arabia and I have a 2007 Mercedes and I want a cleaning repair like your work ......

  4. HetShotNet


    10 цагийн өмнө

    I work on bikes and it is a standard that when we don't use treathlocker we use grease on the bolts (like parktools asc-1) to stop the bolts from rusting and siezing, isn't this something car mechanics do? Btw good video! u just earned yourself a extra subscriber ahah

  5. MiX Videos

    MiX Videos

    Өдрийн өмнө

    O liked your show

  6. Marjoao Ratos

    Marjoao Ratos

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    o que você faz não é mecânica, é arte pura!!

  7. Marjoao Ratos

    Marjoao Ratos

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    não sei seu nome e não entendo nada do que você fala, pois sou tupiniquim(braziliano) mas não preciso entender pra ficar maravilhado com seu trabalho, parabéns!!!!!! se eu tivesse um 850i levava pra você correndo, mais uma vez parabéns!!!!!!!

  8. Gplus sucks big

    Gplus sucks big

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    FYI figured out why he sells it half finished: He has fully done another black 850 before youtube (TUV and all) that took ages to sell, while the half done (very well done tbh) gets sold as a successful project. More importantly, by registering it in Germany he essentially limits the buyers to Germany while in "export mode" from COO it can be more easily bought by anyone in Europe, or outside.

  9. Paul Mendonca

    Paul Mendonca

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Fogging oil for men. 🤣🤣

  10. Pov Drive

    Pov Drive

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    i am glad that i discovered your channel

  11. BeIkan


    4 өдрийн өмнө

    awsome mechanic

  12. Allah Turbo

    Allah Turbo

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    in my country people think they achieved greatness fixing a 3 cylinder perodua kancil(daihatsu mira) or a 4 cylinder 1.5l toyota vios

  13. Lol Lol

    Lol Lol

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    You are not good at cars

  14. Jason Lee

    Jason Lee

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Perfectly resurrected!!!

  15. bullfrommull


    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Great job.

  16. mark tu

    mark tu

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Oh my God!! YOU ARE GOOD!! I love to watch your videos on every E31 8-series. Because E31 8-series is a really special car for me. There is a story behind it, so I will tell you are interesting it. Thank you for the videos. Please keep up.

  17. Prandopa nr1

    Prandopa nr1

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    this is the difference between a pro and a noob :p nice job man

  18. Max Elanjikkal

    Max Elanjikkal

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Which is your country???

  19. bengalorauch andi1985

    bengalorauch andi1985

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    danke für die Antwort wegen dem e65 Spiegel - by by

  20. AutoFan


    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Wahnsinn dieser Mann, meiner Meinung nach kein Mechaniker sondern ein Künstler auf höchstem Niveau. Ich kann mich nur verbeugen. Sowas ist eigentlich nicht möglich ich habe Respekt ohne Ende.👋👋👋👋👋👋👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  21. Andrew Hall

    Andrew Hall

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    I won't lie, this was great to watch. It reminds me of when I messed around with old cards 25 years ago. But it also reminds me of why I will never do it again, and wish I had never touched old cars in the past. It's OK if you're getting paid for it, but working privately on old cars is a complete waste of your life. These days I'll own nothing more than 10 years old, and preferably less then 5 years old.

  22. Pine apple

    Pine apple

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    i'm the owner of E36, E89. I fully respect your passion. thanks

  23. cndam


    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Excellent and component Dr. of BMW. Wish you were around when I was having issues. Like others said, I was here for a few mins.....45 mins later.

  24. Joseph Savage-Seymour

    Joseph Savage-Seymour

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Aboulstly mint 👌

  25. Joseph Savage-Seymour

    Joseph Savage-Seymour

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    It's such beautiful, painful, yet rewarding thing to fix such a complex wonderful machine.

  26. Joseph Savage-Seymour

    Joseph Savage-Seymour

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Whos disliking this video, they can't be good People

  27. gmrb79s


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Why is it not road worthy?



    12 өдрийн өмнө

    You seem to only buy cars with manual transmissions. I'm the same way, since 1985 I've only owned ONE Auto Transmission Car. My reasoning is with normal use the manual transmissions will NEVER BREAK.

  29. Richard Elly

    Richard Elly

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Excellent video you are a very good mechanic 👍

  30. stuart arneaud

    stuart arneaud

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Boss u made me feel like buying one of those BMW and fixing it up u made that work look so easy great job 👏



    12 өдрийн өмнө

    $2,000 for all the parts!? This would be over $10,000 in the U.S.A. 🤯

  32. Lajos Nagy

    Lajos Nagy

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    sauber gmacht neues Auto neues Leben

  33. Carlos Gomez

    Carlos Gomez

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    You need to practice on your soldering technique man

  34. Lord Marshall

    Lord Marshall

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    The car he bought..."I wouldn't touch with a 10ft pole". The car he ended up with "I can't afford". Artistry of The Mechanic at it's finest.

  35. Mike Hicks

    Mike Hicks

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    I am very curious as to what this mechanic would have charged for this work.

  36. bimmer325cic lee

    bimmer325cic lee

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    Liked it a lot.

  37. IKKI PHX


    14 өдрийн өмнө

    great job. its amazing what some people are capable of doing.

  38. jerald castelino

    jerald castelino

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    Bro, where are you based?

  39. claptoned0


    15 өдрийн өмнө

    Great job, you have gold in your hands. This car is like a new one.

  40. Wamimaster


    15 өдрийн өмнө

    "Frayed wires have phenomenal properties once submerged in fuel" best automotive quote I've ever heard.

  41. nick janssens

    nick janssens

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    This project is not for the faint hearted.

  42. dennis carreno

    dennis carreno

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    Well done!

  43. Anthony Quigley

    Anthony Quigley

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    dude, i'm 40 and i want to start learning one of the engineering or mechanical engineering phases, i'm wondering, where did you learn about the whole fuel pump assembly repair stuff and how they work?

  44. Kevin barrett

    Kevin barrett

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Great video, not even a BMW fan but love the old 8 series and of course the mighty 12 cyl ! Funny and informative, I’d like to hear some Falco next time !

  45. Ricky Mermas

    Ricky Mermas

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Al final has cambiado un montón de cosas para estar tan bien el coche, la verdad me ha sorprendido , muy buen trabajo

  46. Waqar Ghulam

    Waqar Ghulam

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    This is one one most complex Mechanical car ever built and this guys knows it like the back of his hand. What a skill to have.

  47. Loopy 777

    Loopy 777

    16 өдрийн өмнө


  48. Jerry Lewis

    Jerry Lewis

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    hut ab!!!

  49. Mario García

    Mario García

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Video editing and great step by step explanations made me stay the whole video, I loved this. You are such a great technician.

  50. Abdelhamid Ayat

    Abdelhamid Ayat

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    Best video on youtube, period.

  51. Johnie Smith

    Johnie Smith

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    Do you ever export the cars into countries that can drive them if that one's not drivable in Germany

  52. Dan Tuff

    Dan Tuff

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    Brilliant video if you were in the UK you would be my Mechanic. Keep up the good work!

  53. John Burt

    John Burt

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    I wanted a 7 Series for years. I did my research, talked to BMW mechanics, and did more research on blogs. The coolant leak @ 30:00 and the pipe is exactly why I went with an Infiniti M series. When a FedEx truck hit me head on and totaled it- I ALMOST bought a BMW V12 coupe to replace it. Instead went with an identical Infiniti M45 Sport this time. This video makes me glad of that decision. Lol Beautiful work and craftsmanship. You make it look SO easy. I’m hearing a cash register though. Haha Thanks for posting a great video!!!!

  54. Mac Rivera

    Mac Rivera

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    Well done!! Super impressive mate!

  55. Tony Scott

    Tony Scott

    21 өдрийн өмнө

    sounds really good

  56. Kais


    22 өдрийн өмнө

    you doing good. simple, but professionell. I like that, man.

  57. Masupha Molapo

    Masupha Molapo

    22 өдрийн өмнө

    German cars need especially competent mechanics!

  58. Augusto


    22 өдрийн өмнө

    Assisti e babei, queria ter um mecânico desses pra deixar o meu Vectra 2006 Elegance impecável, fazer uma manutenção dessas sabendo que o cara realmente caprichou igual esse do vídeo não teria preço... Hoje é fogo encontrar pessoas assim que conseguem mesmo serem competentes porque fazem o que gostam e tem claro conhecimento mas acima de tudo são honestas no preço.. Sem enganação..

  59. Derek gee

    Derek gee

    23 өдрийн өмнө

    Very impressed on the serviceability of these BMW cars. Transverse engines are a nightmare to work on. This is definitely the best Motörhead channel ever

  60. holyholo1


    23 өдрийн өмнө

    Un gusto encontrar un mecánico asi.

  61. Hermetic Kitsune

    Hermetic Kitsune

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    I did a pair of valve cover gaskets on my 750 E32 like a decade ago - what a pain in the ass. Ended up being a Mercedes guy after that job - haha

  62. Adam Jacob Adamson

    Adam Jacob Adamson

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    Coming up: the evil twin is back... Oh, not you again. - Tell nice, ladies and gentlemen, what you did? A coin is being balanced on top of an engine, we go for a long-overdue drive, 16 years overdue precisely. And finally, I sit in a garden chair. Welcome back to the second part of project Málaga, where after 16 years of neglect, this 8-Series is finally going to get some much-needed TLC as we'll bring all of its 12 cylinders back to life.

  63. All Time Productions

    All Time Productions

    25 өдрийн өмнө

    Great Job! You have extraordinary patients and determination, also a good sence of humor . Who taught you your trade?

  64. Nonya Business

    Nonya Business

    25 өдрийн өмнө

    Why didn’t you treat the seats like you did in hour other cars? It would have made the interior perfect...

  65. MercMan68


    26 өдрийн өмнө

    Quickly becoming my favorite channel!? What!? Damn BMW's Thank you! Great video and so much info, very appreciated, Damn it! Lol

  66. James Purcer

    James Purcer

    26 өдрийн өмнө

    I really like the way he treated the interior, especially the leather and carpet. The carpet can't be restored by just spraying and vacuuming, after spraying, get in there with a damp terry towel and scrub it! Results will not be obvious immediately, but when it dries, it should look like new. If you aren't willing to burn up that elbow grease, then don't bother buying a car that requires restoration.

  67. James Purcer

    James Purcer

    26 өдрийн өмнө

    12:30 It seems by now that the previous owner drove the fuck out of that car and neglected the maintenance.

  68. James Purcer

    James Purcer

    26 өдрийн өмнө

    I don't know jack about BMWs, so here I am.

  69. James Purcer

    James Purcer

    26 өдрийн өмнө

    The ultimate asshole machine - well, that's to say here in California! =- D

  70. Wacky Tabacy

    Wacky Tabacy

    26 өдрийн өмнө

    That was an informative and well done vid on one of my favorite cars. Didn't expect to watch the whole thing! Good stuff and I am subbed.

  71. valdemar cardoso

    valdemar cardoso

    27 өдрийн өмнө

    Bravíssimo, I admired your patience, amazing job. For me was a pleasure watch 45 minutes of video.

  72. Juanlmatus.com


    27 өдрийн өмнө

    Awesome job! Love it!

  73. Mecánica Paso a Paso

    Mecánica Paso a Paso

    27 өдрийн өмнө

    gratificant but never close the door with key inside, must down the windows , the car can close accidentally



    27 өдрийн өмнө

    Great work mate, I wish you were in Australia, I have a V8 E34 to get similar work to be done, Do you sell BMW E34 530i, 1995/96 similar parts you replaced on your V12? thanks, Regards from Australia (world - down under)

  75. Rakatawhat


    27 өдрийн өмнө

    You're the best!

  76. Bob Frankish

    Bob Frankish

    28 өдрийн өмнө

    Hi. Greetings from the UK! I have been restoring my 840Ci for a few years now on and off. I suspect fuel pump will have now seized. Please can you tell me where are you sourcing the replacement fuel pumps?

  77. Papa Gleb

    Papa Gleb

    29 өдрийн өмнө

    Such a pleasure watching someone with knowledge. I had my own experience with an 850 and a "professional BMW mechanic" lmao. After 3 months in the repair shop, they called saying car is ready. It ran for 3 hours and they said not to bring it back as he confirmed this car was beyond his experience/knowledge. Unfortunately, at that time I was young and didn't have any knowledge myself so the car ended up being picked up by the NYC sanitation as it was parked for months on the streets. Sad to know such a beautiful rare car was forever gone as the city crushed it :(. Really wish I had it now.

  78. Alexander Bukh

    Alexander Bukh

    29 өдрийн өмнө

    i couldn't care less about bimmers but this video hooked me till the very end. much kudos!

  79. Maurice Clemens

    Maurice Clemens

    29 өдрийн өмнө

    Ok,so what kind of profit did you realize once you sold it?



    29 өдрийн өмнө


  81. Marci T

    Marci T

    Сарын өмнө

    Best content creator :)

  82. Shane Black Lord

    Shane Black Lord

    Сарын өмнө

    Please tell me you are going to keep this beutiful machine!!

  83. Cat Soup

    Cat Soup

    Сарын өмнө

    your the man

  84. Robert Mintun

    Robert Mintun

    Сарын өмнө

    It would not surprise me if some BMW collector buys a basket-case 850, contacts this guy and says “fix it for me please!”

  85. TEJ Jensen

    TEJ Jensen

    Сарын өмнө

    I have an E39 330i and will only change if I could drive the E31 850i. These are both timeless and beautiful cars. E31 is already a collector's item and so will E39.

  86. Austin Kirkham

    Austin Kirkham

    Сарын өмнө

    Just a fyi. Although those repairs are improper. A fuel tank unless having a leak allowing air in will never have enough air to cause ignition if spark is provided from the fuel pump. As a matter of fact all fuel pumps actually use the fuel as a form of cooling! I didn't know it either until a really old mechanic with 50 years of experience explained that to me after i questioned why the leads on the pumps dont have shielding where they connect.

  87. Greg Brechelt

    Greg Brechelt

    Сарын өмнө

    This guy knows his shit!

  88. Cybxxer


    Сарын өмнө

    Keep up the great work man! Really enjoyable to watch

  89. Arun999


    Сарын өмнө

    This guy is better than the car ninja

  90. rqkq pq3

    rqkq pq3

    Сарын өмнө

    what product do you use to clean the DOOR CARDS AND CARPET? please? Thank you it comes out beautiful

  91. _G H O S T_B U S T E R _

    _G H O S T_B U S T E R _

    Сарын өмнө

    When you change spark plugs do you torque them to 30NM in every engine? If not where could I find the correct torque?

    • _G H O S T_B U S T E R _

      _G H O S T_B U S T E R _

      Сарын өмнө

      @M539 Restorations my e39 never came with repair mannual, where can I buy one?

    • M539 Restorations

      M539 Restorations

      Сарын өмнө

      No, engine has it's own spec in the repair manual.

  92. IvanAndreevich


    Сарын өмнө

    How does channel not have 2M subscribers, not 200K..

  93. Thomas.E. Jensen

    Thomas.E. Jensen

    Сарын өмнө

    A BMW that can't be driven in Germany...The world is fucked up i tell you!😂



    Сарын өмнө


  95. NIKT2


    Сарын өмнө

    These videos are simply gold for a person like me. Thanks for making them.

  96. Cebestian Malinga

    Cebestian Malinga

    Сарын өмнө

    This is a man I can fully trust with my car : )

  97. onlyvik


    Сарын өмнө

    Nice work!

  98. Jerry Pollak

    Jerry Pollak

    Сарын өмнө

    Wow This guy is professional on the high level... Love it 👍🏼

  99. Ron op de Weegh

    Ron op de Weegh

    Сарын өмнө

    Fogging oil, for men.....😂

  100. carstar


    Сарын өмнө

    good job, good video, thank you.