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

22.03.2020 г.
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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 -
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 -
Music by Epidemic Sound (

  • Old fashioned diagnostics instead of ‘computer says’ shit younger at every garage these days

    AngusNZAngusNZпреди 9 часа
  • You are a star. I say you are Doctor for BMW'S

    pb697400pb697400преди 13 часа
  • IF you ever come to the USA, I have a 2001 740iL that needs some love like you show these cars

    Gerry GillespieGerry Gillespieпреди 14 часа
  • nicht on the finger di poken ouch my german is awesom

    Simon LeymanSimon Leymanпреди ден
  • My uncle had this car back in the day, I think it is a beautiful car!

    DaffyDaffyпреди ден
  • 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!

    Valdas StaseviciusValdas Staseviciusпреди 2 дни
  • 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

    S HS Hпреди 2 дни
  • 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 ......

    علي المجدوعي أبو فارسعلي المجدوعي أبو فارسпреди 2 дни
  • 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

    HetShotNetHetShotNetпреди 2 дни
  • O liked your show

    MiX VideosMiX Videosпреди 3 дни
  • o que você faz não é mecânica, é arte pura!!

    Marjoao RatosMarjoao Ratosпреди 4 дни
  • 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!!!!!!!

    Marjoao RatosMarjoao Ratosпреди 4 дни
  • 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.

    Gplus sucks bigGplus sucks bigпреди 4 дни
  • Fogging oil for men. 🤣🤣

    Paul MendoncaPaul Mendoncaпреди 5 дни
  • i am glad that i discovered your channel

    Pov DrivePov Driveпреди 5 дни
  • awsome mechanic

    BeIkanBeIkanпреди 6 дни
  • in my country people think they achieved greatness fixing a 3 cylinder perodua kancil(daihatsu mira) or a 4 cylinder 1.5l toyota vios

    Allah TurboAllah Turboпреди 7 дни
  • You are not good at cars

    Lol LolLol Lolпреди 7 дни
  • Perfectly resurrected!!!

    Jason LeeJason Leeпреди 7 дни
  • Great job.

    bullfrommullbullfrommullпреди 8 дни
  • 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.

    mark tumark tuпреди 9 дни
  • this is the difference between a pro and a noob :p nice job man

    Prandopa nr1Prandopa nr1преди 9 дни
  • Which is your country???

    Max ElanjikkalMax Elanjikkalпреди 10 дни
  • danke für die Antwort wegen dem e65 Spiegel - by by

    bengalorauch andi1985bengalorauch andi1985преди 10 дни
  • 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.👋👋👋👋👋👋👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

    AutoFanAutoFanпреди 10 дни
  • 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.

    Andrew HallAndrew Hallпреди 10 дни
  • i'm the owner of E36, E89. I fully respect your passion. thanks

    Pine applePine appleпреди 10 дни
  • 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.

    cndamcndamпреди 11 дни
  • Aboulstly mint 👌

    Joseph Savage-SeymourJoseph Savage-Seymourпреди 12 дни
  • It's such beautiful, painful, yet rewarding thing to fix such a complex wonderful machine.

    Joseph Savage-SeymourJoseph Savage-Seymourпреди 12 дни
  • Whos disliking this video, they can't be good People

    Joseph Savage-SeymourJoseph Savage-Seymourпреди 12 дни
  • Why is it not road worthy?

    gmrb79sgmrb79sпреди 13 дни
  • 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.

  • Excellent video you are a very good mechanic 👍

    Richard EllyRichard Ellyпреди 14 дни
  • Boss u made me feel like buying one of those BMW and fixing it up u made that work look so easy great job 👏

    stuart arneaudstuart arneaudпреди 14 дни
  • $2,000 for all the parts!? This would be over $10,000 in the U.S.A. 🤯

  • sauber gmacht neues Auto neues Leben

    Lajos NagyLajos Nagyпреди 15 дни
  • You need to practice on your soldering technique man

    Carlos GomezCarlos Gomezпреди 16 дни
  • 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.

    Lord MarshallLord Marshallпреди 16 дни
  • I am very curious as to what this mechanic would have charged for this work.

    Mike HicksMike Hicksпреди 16 дни
  • Liked it a lot.

    bimmer325cic leebimmer325cic leeпреди 16 дни
  • great job. its amazing what some people are capable of doing.

    IKKI PHXIKKI PHXпреди 16 дни
  • Bro, where are you based?

    jerald castelinojerald castelinoпреди 17 дни
  • Great job, you have gold in your hands. This car is like a new one.

    claptoned0claptoned0преди 17 дни
  • "Frayed wires have phenomenal properties once submerged in fuel" best automotive quote I've ever heard.

    WamimasterWamimasterпреди 17 дни
  • This project is not for the faint hearted.

    nick janssensnick janssensпреди 17 дни
  • Well done!

    dennis carrenodennis carrenoпреди 17 дни
  • 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?

    Anthony QuigleyAnthony Quigleyпреди 18 дни
  • 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 !

    Kevin barrettKevin barrettпреди 18 дни
  • Al final has cambiado un montón de cosas para estar tan bien el coche, la verdad me ha sorprendido , muy buen trabajo

    Ricky MermasRicky Mermasпреди 18 дни
  • 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.

    Waqar GhulamWaqar Ghulamпреди 18 дни
  • Mesmerizing.

    Loopy 777Loopy 777преди 19 дни
  • hut ab!!!

    Jerry LewisJerry Lewisпреди 19 дни
  • Video editing and great step by step explanations made me stay the whole video, I loved this. You are such a great technician.

    Mario GarcíaMario Garcíaпреди 19 дни
  • Best video on youtube, period.

    Abdelhamid AyatAbdelhamid Ayatпреди 19 дни
  • Do you ever export the cars into countries that can drive them if that one's not drivable in Germany

    Johnie SmithJohnie Smithпреди 20 дни
  • Brilliant video if you were in the UK you would be my Mechanic. Keep up the good work!

    Dan TuffDan Tuffпреди 20 дни
  • 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!!!!

    John BurtJohn Burtпреди 20 дни
  • Well done!! Super impressive mate!

    Mac RiveraMac Riveraпреди 21 ден
  • sounds really good

    Tony ScottTony Scottпреди 23 дни
  • you doing good. simple, but professionell. I like that, man.

    KaisKaisпреди 24 дни
  • German cars need especially competent mechanics!

    Masupha MolapoMasupha Molapoпреди 24 дни
  • 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..

    AugustoAugustoпреди 24 дни
  • 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

    Derek geeDerek geeпреди 25 дни
  • Un gusto encontrar un mecánico asi.

    holyholo1holyholo1преди 26 дни
  • 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

    Hermetic KitsuneHermetic Kitsuneпреди 26 дни
  • 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.

    Adam Jacob AdamsonAdam Jacob Adamsonпреди 26 дни
  • Great Job! You have extraordinary patients and determination, also a good sence of humor . Who taught you your trade?

    All Time ProductionsAll Time Productionsпреди 27 дни
  • Why didn’t you treat the seats like you did in hour other cars? It would have made the interior perfect...

    Nonya BusinessNonya Businessпреди 27 дни
  • Quickly becoming my favorite channel!? What!? Damn BMW's Thank you! Great video and so much info, very appreciated, Damn it! Lol

    MercMan68MercMan68преди 28 дни
  • 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.

    James PurcerJames Purcerпреди 28 дни
  • 12:30 It seems by now that the previous owner drove the fuck out of that car and neglected the maintenance.

    James PurcerJames Purcerпреди 28 дни
  • I don't know jack about BMWs, so here I am.

    James PurcerJames Purcerпреди 28 дни
  • The ultimate asshole machine - well, that's to say here in California! =- D

    James PurcerJames Purcerпреди 28 дни
  • 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.

    Wacky TabacyWacky Tabacyпреди 28 дни
  • Bravíssimo, I admired your patience, amazing job. For me was a pleasure watch 45 minutes of video.

    valdemar cardosovaldemar cardosoпреди 29 дни
  • Awesome job! Love it!

    Juanlmatus.comJuanlmatus.comпреди 29 дни
  • gratificant but never close the door with key inside, must down the windows , the car can close accidentally

    Mecánica Paso a PasoMecánica Paso a Pasoпреди 29 дни
  • 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)

    INXS MUSICINXS MUSICпреди 29 дни
  • You're the best!

    RakatawhatRakatawhatпреди месец
  • 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?

    Bob FrankishBob Frankishпреди месец
  • 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.

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

    Alexander BukhAlexander Bukhпреди месец
  • Ok,so what kind of profit did you realize once you sold it?

    Maurice ClemensMaurice Clemensпреди месец
  • sweet

  • Best content creator :)

    Marci TMarci Tпреди месец
  • Please tell me you are going to keep this beutiful machine!!

    Shane Black LordShane Black Lordпреди месец
  • your the man

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

    Robert MintunRobert Mintunпреди месец
  • 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.

    TEJ JensenTEJ Jensenпреди месец
  • 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.

    Austin KirkhamAustin Kirkhamпреди месец
  • This guy knows his shit!

    Greg BrecheltGreg Brecheltпреди месец
  • Keep up the great work man! Really enjoyable to watch

    CybxxerCybxxerпреди месец
  • This guy is better than the car ninja

    Arun999Arun999преди месец
  • what product do you use to clean the DOOR CARDS AND CARPET? please? Thank you it comes out beautiful

    rqkq pq3rqkq pq3преди месец
  • 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 _преди месец
    • @M539 Restorations my e39 never came with repair mannual, where can I buy one?

      _G H O S T_B U S T E R __G H O S T_B U S T E R _преди месец
    • No, engine has it's own spec in the repair manual.

      M539 RestorationsM539 Restorationsпреди месец
  • How does channel not have 2M subscribers, not 200K..

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

    Thomas.E. JensenThomas.E. Jensenпреди месец

    MYSTERIOUS 53MYSTERIOUS 53преди месец
  • These videos are simply gold for a person like me. Thanks for making them.

    NIKT2NIKT2преди месец