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 -
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 (

  • MiX Videos
    MiX Videos

    O liked your show

  • Marjoao Ratos
    Marjoao Ratos

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

  • Marjoao Ratos
    Marjoao Ratos

    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!!!!!!!

  • Gplus sucks big
    Gplus sucks big

    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.

  • Paul Mendonca
    Paul Mendonca

    Fogging oil for men. 🤣🤣

  • Pov Drive
    Pov Drive

    i am glad that i discovered your channel

  • BeIkan

    awsome mechanic

  • Allah Turbo
    Allah Turbo

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

  • Lol Lol
    Lol Lol

    You are not good at cars

  • Jason Lee
    Jason Lee

    Perfectly resurrected!!!

  • bullfrommull

    Great job.

  • mark tu
    mark tu

    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.

  • Prandopa nr1
    Prandopa nr1

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

  • Max Elanjikkal
    Max Elanjikkal

    Which is your country???

  • bengalorauch andi1985
    bengalorauch andi1985

    danke für die Antwort wegen dem e65 Spiegel - by by

  • AutoFan

    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.👋👋👋👋👋👋👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • Andrew Hall
    Andrew Hall

    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.

  • Pine apple
    Pine apple

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

  • cndam

    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.

  • Joseph Savage-Seymour
    Joseph Savage-Seymour

    Aboulstly mint 👌

  • Joseph Savage-Seymour
    Joseph Savage-Seymour

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

  • Joseph Savage-Seymour
    Joseph Savage-Seymour

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

  • gmrb79s

    Why is it not road worthy?


    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.

  • Richard Elly
    Richard Elly

    Excellent video you are a very good mechanic 👍

  • stuart arneaud
    stuart arneaud

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


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

  • Lajos Nagy
    Lajos Nagy

    sauber gmacht neues Auto neues Leben

  • Carlos Gomez
    Carlos Gomez

    You need to practice on your soldering technique man

  • Lord Marshall
    Lord Marshall

    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.

  • Mike Hicks
    Mike Hicks

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

  • bimmer325cic lee
    bimmer325cic lee

    Liked it a lot.


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

  • jerald castelino
    jerald castelino

    Bro, where are you based?

  • claptoned0

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

  • Wamimaster

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

  • nick janssens
    nick janssens

    This project is not for the faint hearted.

  • dennis carreno
    dennis carreno

    Well done!

  • Anthony Quigley
    Anthony Quigley

    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?

  • Kevin barrett
    Kevin barrett

    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 !

  • Ricky Mermas
    Ricky Mermas

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

  • Waqar Ghulam
    Waqar Ghulam

    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.

  • Loopy 777
    Loopy 777


  • Jerry Lewis
    Jerry Lewis

    hut ab!!!

  • Mario García
    Mario García

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

  • Abdelhamid Ayat
    Abdelhamid Ayat

    Best video on youtube, period.

  • Johnie Smith
    Johnie Smith

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

  • Dan Tuff
    Dan Tuff

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

  • John Burt
    John Burt

    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!!!!

  • Mac Rivera
    Mac Rivera

    Well done!! Super impressive mate!

  • Tony Scott
    Tony Scott

    sounds really good

  • Kais

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

  • Masupha Molapo
    Masupha Molapo

    German cars need especially competent mechanics!

  • Augusto

    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..

  • Derek gee
    Derek gee

    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

  • holyholo1

    Un gusto encontrar un mecánico asi.

  • Hermetic Kitsune
    Hermetic Kitsune

    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

  • Adam Jacob Adamson
    Adam Jacob Adamson

    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.

  • All Time Productions
    All Time Productions

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

  • Nonya Business
    Nonya Business

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

  • MercMan68

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

  • James Purcer
    James Purcer

    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 Purcer
    James Purcer

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

  • James Purcer
    James Purcer

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

  • James Purcer
    James Purcer

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

  • Wacky Tabacy
    Wacky Tabacy

    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.

  • valdemar cardoso
    valdemar cardoso

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


    Awesome job! Love it!

  • Mecánica Paso a Paso
    Mecánica Paso a Paso

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


    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)

  • Rakatawhat

    You're the best!

  • Bob Frankish
    Bob Frankish

    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?

  • Papa Gleb
    Papa Gleb

    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.

  • Alexander Bukh
    Alexander Bukh

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

  • Maurice Clemens
    Maurice Clemens

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



  • Marci T
    Marci T

    Best content creator :)

  • Shane Black Lord
    Shane Black Lord

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

  • Cat Soup
    Cat Soup

    your the man

  • Robert Mintun
    Robert Mintun

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

  • TEJ Jensen
    TEJ Jensen

    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.

  • Austin Kirkham
    Austin Kirkham

    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.

  • Greg Brechelt
    Greg Brechelt

    This guy knows his shit!

  • Cybxxer

    Keep up the great work man! Really enjoyable to watch

  • Arun999

    This guy is better than the car ninja

  • rqkq pq3
    rqkq pq3

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

  • _G H O S T_B U S T E R _
    _G H O S T_B U S T E R _

    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 _

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

    • M539 Restorations
      M539 Restorations

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

  • IvanAndreevich

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

  • Thomas.E. Jensen
    Thomas.E. Jensen

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



  • NIKT2

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

  • Cebestian Malinga
    Cebestian Malinga

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

  • onlyvik

    Nice work!

  • Jerry Pollak
    Jerry Pollak

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

  • Ron op de Weegh
    Ron op de Weegh

    Fogging oil, for men.....😂

  • carstar

    good job, good video, thank you.

  • A BC
    A BC

    ANOTHER absolutely Great job! And on another Beautiful 850 mate! Jees I envy your job.. Thanks from London England 👍💪😎

  • Nenad Stevanov
    Nenad Stevanov

    Great job man. Really a gold star for skill and effort.

  • Peter Eyre
    Peter Eyre

    Sweet 👌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿