I Bought The Least Reliable Car and I’m Making It Electric on a Budget

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Today we are taking one of the most unreliable cars, with a ruined engine and converting it to eletric... on a reasonable budget.
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  • Msingizane Ngwenya
    Msingizane Ngwenya19 ditë më parë

    I'm in South Africa. I need you to help me in motivating and support in getting parts for converting gas/ petrol/desiel cars like Mini Cooper, Mercedes Benz 500 Gl, Audis, BMW 's you name it. Please.

  • Billy Aranda
    Billy ArandaMuaj më parë

    I have a automatic transmission that it broken. Do you really need a transmission to connect the electric motor? Also how did you work out the power steering? Thanks

  • Tommi Davidson
    Tommi DavidsonMuaj më parë

    Wow look at all that battery space where fuel cell was .

  • therantcam
    therantcam2 muaj më parë

    RX8 would make a great EV conversion, front engine rear drive, awesome!!!

  • Max Turner
    Max Turner2 muaj më parë

    Came here from a Facebook Ad, pretty excited to see this from start to finish

  • Αλέξανδρος Απειρωτάν
    Αλέξανδρος Απειρωτάν2 muaj më parë

    You are the best man

  • Ryan Gagne
    Ryan Gagne2 muaj më parë

    The modern puppy chronically remove because chain concomitantly obey times a poor coffee. verdant, tiresome agenda

    ZOMBIEBLASTER572 muaj më parë

    id really like to know what that engine hoist is called and how big it is

  • Dominic Vieyra
    Dominic Vieyra2 muaj më parë

    I wanna play.

  • FlipzDC
    FlipzDC2 muaj më parë

    can you do a subaru wrx

  • Michael Saxonson
    Michael Saxonson3 muaj më parë

    I think an EV mini is a fantastic idea

  • Jaime Ruiz Palacios
    Jaime Ruiz Palacios3 muaj më parë

    those are great track day toys but yeah reliable nah

  • Mike
    Mike3 muaj më parë

    My father bought a mini cooper a few years ago. I've never seen a car with so many problems.

  • abe frohman
    abe frohman3 muaj më parë

    I just found your channel an look forward to working through your videos.

  • korbitr
    korbitr3 muaj më parë

    2:32 Please don't tell me that's a real 959...

  • Forever Computing
    Forever Computing4 muaj më parë

    Pretty sure the original Mini had the battery in the boot as well.

  • lifeinhd
    lifeinhd4 muaj më parë

    I appreciate the other tabs you have open at 0:48

  • Drew TuTwenty
    Drew TuTwenty4 muaj më parë

    That RS7 tho she’s a beaut it’s on the top of my list of cars I’d want to get but my current Audi’s issues I’ve had will likely prevent me from ever buying another unless it’s got a brand new warrranty even those BS add on warranty those scam artists weasel their way out of paying to fix parts at all costs. 3,500 for a new electrical fan and install At the stealer shit for an Sq5 almost killed me. Not to mention the 1,900 they wanted for a damn water pump and another 700 for a thermostat and new lines parts that are removed when the water pump is already total BS of course I pulled a google (ALthe) university degree in sq5’s so now I can do all the work alone but parts are still more then other German cars.

  • Joseph L H. M
    Joseph L H. M4 muaj më parë

    Hello Rich, I have become a fan of your content. I really appreciate all the info you post. I have an Audi A4 3.2 convertible 2008, I love this car but I am tired of the gas consumption, and now is parked and no use. I live in California and have been dreaming of owning an electric car but covid has impacted me greatly, would you be able to convert my car to electric I am in a low budget but if there is anybody that can pull this off is you. please contact me if you are able to help me.

  • hussguy1990
    hussguy19904 muaj më parë

    Hood pull is on the right side, I don't think they change the RHD LHD models.

  • hussguy1990
    hussguy19904 muaj më parë

    My r53 was a nightmare in terms of reliability, I bought a civic si after.

  • Luis Espinoza
    Luis Espinoza4 muaj më parë

    The modern Pinto

  • Charles Chandler
    Charles Chandler4 muaj më parë

    Hi Rich, I've started looking for your videos, they are a great source of information. I have to say, my eyes lit up when I saw the Range Rover. I was hoping you were going to start the build on it. I have an 04 range rover that I want to switch over to EV. I would love to see that build.

  • Daniel 357
    Daniel 3574 muaj më parë

    Be awesome if you did a SUV or truck in your lineup. Just to say you did it.

  • Alfred L Early jr
    Alfred L Early jr4 muaj më parë

    hello, I'm trying to follow you on Instagram. building EV with mini's is a excellent idea. When you fixed the red older mini, it reminded me of the late 60's when I was stationed in Germany. I drove my 58VW every places in Germany. thanks for the memories.

  • Jordan Giesen
    Jordan Giesen4 muaj më parë

    Are you going to finish this build? I've really been looking forward to seeing it done.

  • Tanner Bean
    Tanner Bean4 muaj më parë

    For brake booster just use a VW vacuum pump, one way valve, pressure switch. Those vane pumps move quite a bit of air, would probably suffice. You could get several in a wrecking yard any day of the week.

  • Adam Rajewski
    Adam Rajewski4 muaj më parë

    me: sees chicken wire Also me: Screaming hysterically while rolling on the floor, down the stairs, out the door, careens of the grand canyon.

  • Make Money Now
    Make Money Now4 muaj më parë

    Your videos are splendid! Thank you for giving me a new perspective to contemplate!

  • SurleyBlaine
    SurleyBlaine4 muaj më parë

    I own a R/T Magnum but I wouldn't mind an EV. Most of the mopar groups are drooling for the Hellcat and more, I'm happy with what I have, it's fun.

  • boyce1204
    boyce12044 muaj më parë

    Tesla cant be on the S&P 500, cause it would have to be successful and make money, we all know it doesnt do the latter.

  • Hauke v. H.
    Hauke v. H.5 muaj më parë

    Rusty thing...

  • paul sutton
    paul sutton5 muaj më parë

    I can't believe how much gubbins (to use the technical term) BMW has managed to shove into the mechanicals space of the Mini. I say BMW, because alas, the Mini is no longer the product of the Austin motor company.

    TDONLEY915 muaj më parë

    You should Honda b18 swap the old mini

  • Rob Thomas
    Rob Thomas5 muaj më parë

    This looks like it'll be a cool build! I know NOTHING about Minis, but my wife was kinda wanting one. Good luck with the build!

  • James M
    James M5 muaj më parë

    Aaaa! I see what you did there. 😉

  • The Bubba Continuum
    The Bubba Continuum5 muaj më parë

    How much for the paring knife?

  • Chickens Float
    Chickens Float5 muaj më parë

    Woah quit with the provocative thumbnails rich. This one is way over the line 🤣

  • eddieh1530
    eddieh15305 muaj më parë

    Wait, I thought you were Jamie Foxx and Rich was your ALthe name. OMG I am shook to the bone. hehe. :)

  • kvdude
    kvdude5 muaj më parë

    Getting so close to a million subscribers Uncle Rich! I've got your back. Keep 'em coming.

  • Gerrit van Uitert
    Gerrit van Uitert5 muaj më parë

    Good choice on unreliable cars lol. Things are driving pieces of trash made by BMW so too pricey to keep fixing lol. Also, whole time looking for the hood release i was just chanting "Right side right side" (been years since i drove my old mini but still remembered)

  • bimerev
    bimerev5 muaj më parë

    Hello Rich. I recently converted BMW e39 on electric drive. We have similar components. I have ZILLA Z1K HV , and WARP 11. If you will need help to configure controller , fell free to ask question. You can see my last video of car review. :) Hope you will se this comment :) . I like your channel :) BG, Matija

  • Zachary Campos
    Zachary Campos5 muaj më parë

    Bro I like the video but your dog whining made my dogs go psycho and barking all through the house

  • Richard Vera
    Richard Vera5 muaj më parë

    Why do you have an Ankle bracelet?

  • rager1969
    rager19695 muaj më parë

    $1500 for a non-running salvage titled Mini? Why so much?

  • Dan Ashcroft
    Dan Ashcroft5 muaj më parë

    Give it 30 to 40 years and idiots will be calling the New Mini's "iconic" too....

  • TheMadRatter
    TheMadRatter5 muaj më parë

    "I bought the least reliable car..." Doesn't even make the top 10 list of least reliable cars lol Not even "unreliable" in the UK where I work on them maybe once per month, as compared to all the Fords and Mercs all day every day. And Toyota. Beemer? Nope.

    FALKLAN5 muaj më parë

    IMO, of course, I would have rebuilt that motor and accessories and sold them as a package or individually.

  • mogeking56
    mogeking565 muaj më parë

    Good 😌 ass gas ⛽️ 😂

  • mogeking56
    mogeking565 muaj më parë

    Nice being a young man 👨 with no back problems, I barely will attempt replacing my breaks with my bake issues. I am going to go milks the cow 🐄 now and take a nap.

  • JAH
    JAH5 muaj më parë

    I have a 350z that I love. Can it be converted to electric. What would it cost.

  • carlos pontes
    carlos pontes5 muaj më parë

    10:18 for technical sniffs...

  • Charlie Wolf
    Charlie Wolf5 muaj më parë

    Rich, I feel bad for you Bro. They sight unseen you a real POS. Thank you for entertaining and sharing.

  • Viktor Snow
    Viktor Snow5 muaj më parë

    Please keep the sexy girl on your site what a nice body. Thanks

  • Totozio
    Totozio5 muaj më parë

    Thx god they stolen mine... got some money from insurance.

  • David vE
    David vE5 muaj më parë

    0:10 That's how you teach a dog that barking means getting attention.

  • Aaron Bahner
    Aaron Bahner5 muaj më parë

    I e started on the same project here this summer. Manual 07 Mini. I have an adapter done working on coupling the DC forklift motor next. I’m excited to steal some ideas from you as we go.

  • Bob Edwards
    Bob Edwards5 muaj më parë


  • monstersquishy
    monstersquishy5 muaj më parë

    that mini engine could make a fun go kart

  • Baboucarr Dampha
    Baboucarr Dampha5 muaj më parë

    Can we please have you in our show?

  • Dylan Baker
    Dylan Baker5 muaj më parë

    Hi Rich, can I buy that intake???

  • Mark Maxwell
    Mark Maxwell5 muaj më parë

    Forklift motors and controllers are a cheap way to do electric car conversions.. Alot of people don't cool the lithium-ion battery packs properly... Goodluck....... 👍👍👍

  • Ethentic
    Ethentic5 muaj më parë

    I watch you regularly, I never complain or ask for free shit, but jesus please stop explaining yourself to haters cause its getting on my tits

  • Phumzani Tshabalala
    Phumzani Tshabalala5 muaj më parë

    With this experience why not start your own car startup :):)

  • Nef
    Nef5 muaj më parë

    Hey Rich, are you the one that has Sam's mini cooper original key and you are making him go thru all this mess on purpose ??......good content

  • Alex Berrio
    Alex Berrio5 muaj më parë

    That skinny girl is still thick thou.

  • the daily shaver!
    the daily shaver!5 muaj më parë

    Why don't someone Ev swap a hummer H2

  • M. vdW.
    M. vdW.5 muaj më parë

    Just K-swap it

  • Deniz Sepit
    Deniz Sepit5 muaj më parë


  • Sasquatch Alaska
    Sasquatch Alaska5 muaj më parë

    for the brake use the electric vacuum pump from a 99-04 saab 9-3

  • Lemming T
    Lemming T5 muaj më parë

    RX7 is very unreliable

  • adamstoby96
    adamstoby965 muaj më parë

    I had a 2005 mini once now I drive 88 volvo

  • Dave
    Dave5 muaj më parë

    17:17 "I'm assuming the supercharger is good but I don't want to assume anything... " - 2020 Rich -

  • ItsMe_AllanP
    ItsMe_AllanP5 muaj më parë

    I have a 2007 Mini Cooper S, the battery is located on the passenger side of the car, in front of the windsheild.

  • HaloDontReach
    HaloDontReach5 muaj më parë

    Is it possible to have ac too?

  • David Parsons
    David Parsons5 muaj më parë

    This'll be fun content to watch.

  • Ross Millaney
    Ross Millaney5 muaj më parë

    Owned 3 R53s, currently on a JCW. No issues, people need to learn to service and look after their cars. Supercharger whine and handling are incredible and always makes me smile

  • sunsolarman
    sunsolarman5 muaj më parë

    Would you please take a deep technical view on school bus conversion to electric big or mini, it has more space for battery and solar roof. Thank you!!

  • Frank Buck
    Frank Buck5 muaj më parë

    I like the accidental props for Vote yes on #1

  • Super2000
    Super20005 muaj më parë

    Nothing beats the German TÜV! (MOT-test or -certificate, ger.: Technischer Überwachungsverein, engl.:Association for Technical Inspection)

  • Thomas
    Thomas5 muaj më parë

    dope you found electric garage!

  • Henk Smit
    Henk Smit5 muaj më parë

    you give something away and a little later you see it for sale ....... I would really feel screwed by that person. I think it would be more reasonable for him to return the object received. But no. When there is money to be made, everything that is moral falls away. People are in love with money

  • AweSomo84
    AweSomo845 muaj më parë

    Hard flex duck this

  • AquariusThaDon
    AquariusThaDon5 muaj më parë

    Who’s complaining about free content 👀

  • LOK E
    LOK E5 muaj më parë

    Mini coopers are very reliable. And if you spent 1500 on one with a blown engine you paid top dollar.

  • Tedacules
    Tedacules5 muaj më parë

    Where are the batteries going Rich and what about AC and Heat?

  • qweef69
    qweef695 muaj më parë

    @18:29 preach

  • Richard Faulkner
    Richard Faulkner5 muaj më parë

    Hey Rich, Rich here! (No, this is not another random voice in your head). Watching your Cooper rebuild with interest and looking to get all the pointers I can for how-to build and convert on the cheap. I am a two-time Leaf owner (still have one in factory blue) and am getting closer to pulling the trigger on converting my 2006 Scion xB to electric. I am also on the hunt for a replacement battery for the Leaf (like who isn't) and hope I can get a 40kwh battery in it. (Larger if I can find one). But I digress...GREAT project and watching with interest! I may even have to fork-up for Patreon.

  • Handy Man
    Handy Man5 muaj më parë

    LOL, why would you try to control the use crap YOU GAVE AWAY??? Then you LOVE to be on here POUNDING your chest about how much you DON'T care about what folks are saying. If you really don't care then carry on and DON'T CARE which =s NOT MENTIONING anything about it. You're a really silly supposed little man.

  • YamWarrior
    YamWarrior5 muaj më parë

    Wow those messages from people complaining about converting the red mini, ranged from intense, to murderous.

  • Patrick Jaquemet
    Patrick Jaquemet5 muaj më parë

    any plans on doing the tacoma? im thinking of converting mine but dont know anything about doing electric conversions, maybe net project? ;)

  • Connor Kanady
    Connor Kanady5 muaj më parë

    Loved the photoshopped Scarlett Johansson with big ole gazongas

  • Vincent Nguyen
    Vincent Nguyen5 muaj më parë

    Man Rich, I got an A7 and a Mini as well. Crazy the last two car you showed is my last two car.

  • Steve Schilffarth
    Steve Schilffarth5 muaj më parë

    Biscuit LOVES his Rich! Glad someone does! (LOL) Honestly, we all love you, Rich. (Such a high bar to clear!)

  • Scott Schaefer
    Scott Schaefer5 muaj më parë

    Uncle Rich you never let me down. Some of the funniest content on you tube

  • nique marshall
    nique marshall5 muaj më parë

    rear battery is only on the s model

  • nique marshall
    nique marshall5 muaj më parë

    also if i recall correctly, the motor is canted to the rear a bit, and a head gasket failure isn’t common on these cars. i ran mine hot many times and never had a HG failure. they just leak oil a lot

  • nique marshall
    nique marshall5 muaj më parë

    i owned a 2004 for 6 years and it was reliable for me. most people who say they’re unreliable haven’t owned one. they’re good on gas, fun to drive and they start every time you turn the key. they don’t even really need maintenance like that. just change the oil and you’re golden. brakes lasted about 5 years on mine.

  • Jonathan Escamilla
    Jonathan Escamilla5 muaj më parë

    In my 3 hours of owning my mini cooper only 6 issues have occured. I think that's pretty reliable if you ask me.

  • mark holland
    mark holland5 muaj më parë

    Great video again