Automobile și vehicule

First Drive in 10 Years - Garden Find V12 BMW E31 850i Revival - Project Marseille: Part 4

In the previous episode, we got this legendary E31 running and in this one after long 10 years, it's back in drivable condition again! We sort out the sinking clutch pedal, brakes, cooling system and throttle bodies. Towards the end of the video, we also talk about the future plans for this project.
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Wheel bearing removal tool -
Wheel hub puller -
Spring compressor -
Sound deadening -
Cockpit Cleaner -
All-purpose cleaner -
Cockpit care -
BMW E46 Floor Mats -
Hazet suction gun -
Smoke machine -
Flare wrench for brake lines -
Fantastic working lamp -
Pick & hook set -
Compression tester -
Vice soft jaw -
Butyl for door panels, headlights -
Wheel cleaner -
Hobby knife -
Magnetic Retrieval Tool -
Fabric spray -
Drill brush attachments -
Find Liqui Moly oil and additives for your car -
My 4-post lift by Twin Busch -


  1. M539 Restorations

    M539 Restorations

    Acum 17 Zile

    Just to add a couple more things. Calypso red is staying and it'll get a fresh paint job at one point. The engine is currently working great, but it will eventually need the timing chain replaced because of the noise, hence the idea to go 3 million steps further and do the upgrades I mentioned in the video. Don't expect a new episode on this project any time soon as I first need to find a bigger place in order to get the ball rolling with this build!

    • Valdemar Jensen

      Valdemar Jensen

      Acum 9 Zile

      Sell it! Save money for the new M car project. I dont like the 8series, i prefer the old 7series, 5series

    • BB KING

      BB KING

      Acum 9 Zile

      We don't care if you make a new episode for this project...just make videos in any BMW.Almost a week is gone..and we are addicted.

    • hitardo


      Acum 11 Zile

      We understand. Not only you have many projects going, but also it must be difficult to have so many concurrent projects at the same time, in both terms of space and money. Cheers from Portugal!

    • Gren Phelps

      Gren Phelps

      Acum 12 Zile

      Great video, look forward to seeing your latest videos, on a different note, I was going to get a t shirt, but you don't do them for the manly man size 😉 maybe you should do a ccooommiinngg up mug...??

    • Michael Heinrich

      Michael Heinrich

      Acum 13 Zile

      i'd try to restore the original paint, in doubt give the car to professional detailers. It'll save the value of the car (because a repaint rises doubt of accident free sheet metal). Sorry for my faulty wnflish. Greets from Germany.

  2. Andrei Long

    Andrei Long

    Acum 12 ore

    Do it lime green , a restoration should show its touch

  3. Michael Michaels

    Michael Michaels

    Acum 15 ore

    There is a ticking noise on idle.

  4. WRX Luke

    WRX Luke

    Acum o Zi

    (BMW gmbh) Hey, let's get two M20s and slap the together to make a M70 straight from Satan himself. Oh! AND let's get two S14s with ITBs and call it the S62!!!!

  5. Jaime Treadway

    Jaime Treadway

    Acum o Zi

    I love the idea of doing a hot rod build!

  6. V N

    V N

    Acum 2 Zile

    this is like ASMR for real men

  7. Gplus sucks big

    Gplus sucks big

    Acum 3 Zile

    FYI figured out why he sold previous 850s 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 it. Who also gets to keep the yellow headlights.

  8. G Sudarshan

    G Sudarshan

    Acum 3 Zile

    By binge watching your videos, I'm really, really tempted to buy an 8 series in Spain and wrench on it.

  9. Lucky Goose

    Lucky Goose

    Acum 4 Zile

    Will you detail it?

  10. mirror_ 6

    mirror_ 6

    Acum 5 Zile

    More power!

  11. Jay Jwin

    Jay Jwin

    Acum 5 Zile

    i hope you dont say "they" when you are referring to previous mechanic. because sometime, it was the owner who did the job. maybe he wanted a permanent LAST fix, who knows.



    Acum 6 Zile


  13. OggyXXXL


    Acum 6 Zile

    24:35 lift the rear axle and you can accelerate to as much as you like)))

  14. OggyXXXL


    Acum 6 Zile

    Ate, its better than febest)))

  15. Théo


    Acum 6 Zile

    Une magnifique marseillaise bavaroise

  16. Alexander K.

    Alexander K.

    Acum 6 Zile

    Best, Channel, EVER! Thanks Sreten for such high quality content!! Keep on going. #keepitoem

  17. chiil


    Acum 6 Zile

    Good god youtube... could you insert any more ads? It makes all this content unwatchable!

  18. time4free


    Acum 7 Zile

    Does anyone know what brand his ratchet is? The blueish one..

  19. C Collins

    C Collins

    Acum 7 Zile

    What does everyone's think the new car will be? I am guess that it is an E28 M5

  20. Kidnose


    Acum 7 Zile

    Awesome content as always. Softens my heart to see all the trouble you go through to restore these wonderful machines into their former glory. Thanks for keep on giving Sreten!

  21. Al Ex

    Al Ex

    Acum 8 Zile

    Audi fan here: an old 8 series BMW? Ja, ja! Zehr gut! Keep up the good work!

  22. TypeTuber


    Acum 8 Zile

    It’s nice to see how serviceable the parts on this car are. Green is being able to repair individual parts, not throw them away and replace each time.

  23. Peter Labiak

    Peter Labiak

    Acum 8 Zile

    You can rent dry ice blasting kit, no need to buy unless you will be offering this as a service? As for finding a bigger place, have you considered renting an "industrial unit" as they are called in UK? I must admit I was shocked when you mentioned "hot dogging (LOL)" that venerable old gentleman of a 8-series! No respect for your elders lol

  24. Ulford


    Acum 8 Zile

    So love youre videos. So much fun to watch. You are a great mechanic.

  25. Z Breezy

    Z Breezy

    Acum 9 Zile

    Bro I listen to ur videos like I listen to podcasts in the background lol

  26. D.


    Acum 9 Zile

    Sreten, how did you learn all this stuff?

  27. Tomislav Horvat

    Tomislav Horvat

    Acum 9 Zile

    Hello Sreten! Here’s some article about your work in our land! 🍻

  28. Hervé Hinschberger

    Hervé Hinschberger

    Acum 9 Zile

    love your channel, nice revivals! keep it classy keep it oem!!

  29. Balki1980


    Acum 9 Zile

    Druze evo tebe u "Jutarnjem"

  30. Chriso


    Acum 9 Zile

    Finally I have now watched every M539 video. Enjoyed them all, thank you! You've inspired me to get my E61 520D back to its best, even though I hate the N47, (I'm on my second engine after the first one ate it's timing chain).

  31. Stellarion Prime

    Stellarion Prime

    Acum 9 Zile

    i swear that dangling piece of plastic looked like a blinking light from a cell phone ... wehn you had a missing call or something ...

  32. matarg99


    Acum 9 Zile

    Back when BMW was “The Ultimate Driving Machine”. Good old times!

  33. Krzych113


    Acum 9 Zile

    to make long story short, insta - liked and subscribed.... oh my days the level of understanding you have on bmw mechanics in my humble opinion is unbelievable, at least for me it is. I own a N53 e92 325i with beige interior and Monaco Blue (looks black at first sight, that's what people tell me as well lol), I can send you some phone photos/videos if you like. Take care

  34. Fuego Gang

    Fuego Gang

    Acum 9 Zile

    Im guessing a E36 and a Nissan Figaro if it is indeed a Nissan

  35. Daniel


    Acum 9 Zile

    Truly, the best channel on youtube. Sincerely hope to meet this guy, a living legend, one day.

  36. Stefan Zlatanović

    Stefan Zlatanović

    Acum 10 Zile

    Sreten, you are a beast. This is maybe second or third channel on YT that I ever watched without skipping a beat. Really awesome job, and it is a joy and pleasure watching you restore cars. Hope you never stop doing it, and that you find more hidden gems. And hopefully you find a bigger place where you can move more freely. Cheers from Serbia!

  37. Hermane36


    Acum 10 Zile

    I really love your videos, i have seen them all many times. I hope one day i can have a workshop and restore my e36 like you restore your cars :)

  38. Audi Diagnostika

    Audi Diagnostika

    Acum 10 Zile

    wasnt that a gearbox arm broke when undoing drain plug?! Watched four times. huh?

  39. serz1885


    Acum 10 Zile

    28:38 whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat i can hear whistle and metal knocks

  40. Nisyor sheeple

    Nisyor sheeple

    Acum 10 Zile

    @M539 Restorations I am wondering if you can help me out. I have a 1991 bmw e36 325i that im restoring and I want to be able to read the codes. how do you do that I've seen you pull code but you dont metion what you use and what program you're running on you laptop (maybe you have but then I missed it) I really love what you do and how you do it and it would be great if you can help me out :) the 325i is Calypso red BTW I honestly wish you the best and good luck with your ROfilm adventure.

  41. Serdar Dawliyev

    Serdar Dawliyev

    Acum 10 Zile

    Awesome! With pleasure I watched every video of each project he did, doing and which is starts with sentence "Coming up". Thanks.

  42. Latvia Balkānu mūzika

    Latvia Balkānu mūzika

    Acum 10 Zile

    Great job. Huge master you are. Love to watch this. Greetings from Lettland!

  43. SupraVision


    Acum 10 Zile

    Nice video once again. Thanks for sharing your amazing restorations. I learnt a lot to take care of my e46 325xi! For this e31 I love this color combination (though blue is also my favorite color as well) I wouldn't re-paint the whole car. If this is a too-long-term project you could also sell this car once it gets TüV. I'm pretty sure you could find a new owner rather easily. Who knows, it could go back to France ?

  44. Zak Salam

    Zak Salam

    Acum 10 Zile

    Ahhh man this is crazy i know someone that has the Same car like i mean the exact same one but grey , its just sitting there not being driven at all, i am going to ask the man if he wants to sell the car because i really like it.....

  45. Acme


    Acum 11 Zile

    Could you jack up the back of the car to do the throttle body re-sync? Or does it need the resistance of being on the road so it decelerates more slowly?

  46. Armand d’Hubert

    Armand d’Hubert

    Acum 11 Zile

    This song, although it’s from 1978, fits the car really well:

  47. Acme


    Acum 11 Zile

    Whaaat, an E31 850i, with its magnificent V12 and manual transmission, came with an open diff from factory? :o

  48. Chris L

    Chris L

    Acum 11 Zile

    What's the song at 31:06 ? Anyone know?

    • monstermirror


      Acum 11 Zile

      ELFL - Octadrone VI btw I made a little playlist...

  49. oscar doodles

    oscar doodles

    Acum 11 Zile

    A ‘gander’ under the hood! I’m guessing you spent some time in the UK? Love the videos by the way.

  50. Masmar84


    Acum 11 Zile

  51. Marcin Debowski

    Marcin Debowski

    Acum 11 Zile

    still waiting for M3 E9x !!! please

  52. Pete James

    Pete James

    Acum 11 Zile

    It would be nice to see how the discs (rotors) cleaned up during those stops. I never fit new pads and discs to garden finds like this straightaway. I simply make sure pistons and slide pins are doing what they should and let them clean up 'naturally' by themselves; then reassess later. Can we see how the discs and brakes generally have responded during these short braking runs please?

  53. Luk


    Acum 11 Zile


    • monstermirror


      Acum 11 Zile

      I'd take the 2000 CS in the garage...

  54. Bjørn Simonsen

    Bjørn Simonsen

    Acum 11 Zile

    I guess he's about to restore a E28 m5 that would awesome 👌

  55. Steven Ruiz

    Steven Ruiz

    Acum 11 Zile

    Restore a e36

  56. Jens Gerdes

    Jens Gerdes

    Acum 11 Zile

    This channel has everything a BMW car enthusiast needs! So great!

  57. Роман Беккулов

    Роман Беккулов

    Acum 11 Zile

    In Russia there is 850 with S58B30 + DCT transmission. But we still waiting it on the road, project is in progress.

  58. Rick Goldsack

    Rick Goldsack

    Acum 11 Zile

    As a suggestion find a friend who is a Panelbeater come Painter who loves BMWs as much as you and do a trade you fix the mechanical on his project in exchange for a paint job- Great videos look forward every week to a new one . Woke up at 3.30 am checked and watch you latest. cheers

  59. Mihai Chiry

    Mihai Chiry

    Acum 11 Zile

    Coffee tastes better when I hear that: Coooooooming up! =))

  60. Oasis-Auto


    Acum 11 Zile

    Sell it to me ....I’ll bring it to TX

  61. Pete WAY

    Pete WAY

    Acum 11 Zile

    respect! very details. I know you said the dry ice is an expensive tool but would love to see you clean the car that way. Would add on very good content! comingggggggg up!

  62. Janko Conka

    Janko Conka

    Acum 12 Zile

    OEM 🙂

  63. Vega Puffin

    Vega Puffin

    Acum 12 Zile

    "as well"

  64. earthstick


    Acum 12 Zile

    You need to give it a good clean. I would keep Calypso red but there is a big scratch down one side so that needs attention.

  65. DJ vanB

    DJ vanB

    Acum 12 Zile

    After 10 years sitting, I should not worry too much of bit rough idling or little noises. Just give it a 5.000 km drive! I had many BMW's which came to life after years......week by week they started to drive better. Suspension, engine, transmission.......everything comes 'loose'.....!

  66. J.G. Hermanson

    J.G. Hermanson

    Acum 12 Zile


  67. Keith T

    Keith T

    Acum 12 Zile

    Another quality video thank you very much!

  68. DJ vanB

    DJ vanB

    Acum 12 Zile

    I am old school. Every time I see this latex gloves I think about a rectal check my doctor once had to perform.

  69. Hans Veldhuizen

    Hans Veldhuizen

    Acum 12 Zile

    Again a great video. Learning a lot, thanks! 11:45: how can you change gloves so fast? 😄

  70. 47 47

    47 47

    Acum 12 Zile

    Wow very skilled . I learn something everyday I didn’t realize that drive by wire went that far back but again seem tho other manufactures were ahead of the tech and times

  71. Piotr G.

    Piotr G.

    Acum 12 Zile

    Running in the nineties, is a new way I like to be I'm just running in the nineties, come on baby run to me We are running in the nineties, is a new way to set me free I'm just running in the nineties Yes I wanna know, yes I wanna see

  72. John Burnham

    John Burnham

    Acum 12 Zile

    The chicken skin rubber gloves were -- tasty..? Great stuff as always sir!

  73. KlsDrift


    Acum 12 Zile

    Hope is not you who bought that car from Spain , car i wanted to buy and someone negociated over me . It was a bmw 740 e38 manual transmission

    • M539 Restorations

      M539 Restorations

      Acum 11 Zile

      It's not :)

    • monstermirror


      Acum 12 Zile

      He said that car was older than himself, so it's certainly not an E38 ;)

  74. Amirarsalan Moshare

    Amirarsalan Moshare

    Acum 12 Zile usual. Love it keep up the hard work.

  75. Baron’s Production

    Baron’s Production

    Acum 12 Zile

    The best Bmw specialist :) i wrote u On insta please answer me

  76. Andy Goldsmith

    Andy Goldsmith

    Acum 12 Zile

    How do you make changing the timing chain tensioner look so easy? I had a terrible fight with mine trying to compress the spring. Took me two days and two lacerated hands! All good now with NO NOISE !!!!

  77. North Uist

    North Uist

    Acum 12 Zile

    Sorry to step on foot with advice to a master - with great respect for one so brave as to delve into the guts of the 850, when a guys been down that road its inevitable that the same hurdles can appear, the forum is where I found answers, that is where any tricks should be shared. Not on a Guys comment section - Sorry

  78. forzer45


    Acum 12 Zile

    Would love to see an E24 restoration!

  79. Benny Z

    Benny Z

    Acum 12 Zile

    14:21 am I the only one that saw a transmission mount snap off?👀

    • M539 Restorations

      M539 Restorations

      Acum 12 Zile

      You are :) watch part 1 :)

  80. 3


    Acum 13 Zile

    14:41 spider ahhh

  81. Lue Luc

    Lue Luc

    Acum 13 Zile

    Ur opinion how long do you think the suspension bushings, links last?. Preventing maintenance they should be replace every - miles? My car is 106k miles. Got it at 67miles. Bmw 2012 F10 550



    Acum 13 Zile

    Mate thanks for good explanation color on this valencia orange good near red ish it will good whit interia well good job

  83. P Rex

    P Rex

    Acum 13 Zile

    "And you won't harm the dirt"

  84. Jalon Retamal

    Jalon Retamal

    Acum 13 Zile

    man nice intro! your videos are so awesome! keep uploading man!

  85. Chuk Wow

    Chuk Wow

    Acum 13 Zile

    I understand that you can not post a test-drive on public road, but was it good😉😎? Everyone knows that you took it for a spin at least on the road connected to your garage road🤪

  86. MrTimeless101


    Acum 13 Zile

    Wash and detail next my friend.

  87. Michael Heinrich

    Michael Heinrich

    Acum 13 Zile

    whenever i see someone turning the steering wheel while the car is fully stopped it hurts (because the steering rods have to take so much force even thow the driver doesn't feel it due to the power steering.)

  88. Tataina Ivanova

    Tataina Ivanova

    Acum 13 Zile

    Keep it red, I like it.

  89. D. K.

    D. K.

    Acum 13 Zile

    so we have 35 downs in opposite to 17k ups.. makes a tiny 0.2% a**hole-quote..... yep, screwing on old mighty BMWs is a happy place. Real life pushes this quote to 10%....

  90. Eric grullon

    Eric grullon

    Acum 13 Zile

    Eres increíble😎

  91. Tony Stark

    Tony Stark

    Acum 13 Zile

    Great work!

  92. danyvor007


    Acum 13 Zile

    gj bro keepet up

  93. astront917


    Acum 13 Zile

    subscribed,great videos. my dad had a 1996 540i and loved it for 8 years,he passed away nearly 5 years ago suddenly and old bmws remind me of him. keep up the great work

  94. V6 4Motion

    V6 4Motion

    Acum 13 Zile

    You made my day! Once again! I would love the car being restored with reasonable effort - the technical issues at least seem to be obvious, the paint / bodywork might be an issue.

  95. Pasilli


    Acum 13 Zile

    E34 M5 coming up?

  96. Tollef Reyerson

    Tollef Reyerson

    Acum 13 Zile

    Great idea!! Hot rod it!! I personally love the calypso red color. Maybe it’s common in Europe but here in the USA you almost never see it. Loved this episode.

  97. Revelocity


    Acum 13 Zile

    Do the OEM+ build! You probably saw my E31 on facebook at somepoint, I did that. Lots of time and money spent but it was worth it! The only thing I am missing is the better rear diff, Wokke Chips (not sure if they will work properly since I have no Cats and well I have M73 block and heads). I got to take care of the suspension alignment and a few other little things. I think the last major thing I want to do to mine is wrap it. Its currently jet black.

  98. Liftium


    Acum 13 Zile

    First time I watch a video from your channel, I enjoyed and subbed! Finally some garage channel from EU, and with such a passionate and experienced guy with a sense of humor haha :)

  99. No Nonsense Cocktails

    No Nonsense Cocktails

    Acum 13 Zile

    Hot dog this car brother 🤣. Amazing video as always

  100. HardCousin_TV


    Acum 13 Zile

    In a parallel universe you just revived a V12 Mercedes that's been sitting for 10 years