Autos & Vehicles

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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  1. Kyle Bisel

    Kyle Bisel

    7 days ago

    No cats, chicken wire holding up the exhaust? Is this car from OK or TX?

  2. Msingizane Ngwenya

    Msingizane Ngwenya

    Month ago

    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.

  3. Billy Aranda

    Billy Aranda

    Month ago

    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

  4. Tommi Davidson

    Tommi Davidson

    2 months ago

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

  5. therantcam


    2 months ago

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

  6. Max Turner

    Max Turner

    3 months ago

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

  7. Αλέξανδρος Απειρωτάν

    Αλέξανδρος Απειρωτάν

    3 months ago

    You are the best man

  8. Ryan Gagne

    Ryan Gagne

    3 months ago

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



    3 months ago

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

  10. Dominic Vieyra

    Dominic Vieyra

    3 months ago

    I wanna play.

  11. FlipzDC


    3 months ago

    can you do a subaru wrx

  12. Michael Saxonson

    Michael Saxonson

    3 months ago

    I think an EV mini is a fantastic idea

  13. Jaime Ruiz Palacios

    Jaime Ruiz Palacios

    4 months ago

    those are great track day toys but yeah reliable nah

  14. Mike


    4 months ago

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

  15. abe frohman

    abe frohman

    4 months ago

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

  16. korbitr


    4 months ago

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

  17. Forever Computing

    Forever Computing

    4 months ago

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

  18. lifeinhd


    4 months ago

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

  19. Drew TuTwenty

    Drew TuTwenty

    4 months ago

    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 (USgone) university degree in sq5’s so now I can do all the work alone but parts are still more then other German cars.

  20. Joseph L H. M

    Joseph L H. M

    5 months ago

    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.

  21. hussguy1990


    5 months ago

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

  22. hussguy1990


    5 months ago

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

  23. Luis Espinoza

    Luis Espinoza

    5 months ago

    The modern Pinto

  24. Charles Chandler

    Charles Chandler

    5 months ago

    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.

  25. Daniel 357

    Daniel 357

    5 months ago

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

  26. Alfred L Early jr

    Alfred L Early jr

    5 months ago

    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.

  27. Jordan Giesen

    Jordan Giesen

    5 months ago

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

  28. Tanner Bean

    Tanner Bean

    5 months ago

    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.

  29. Adam Rajewski

    Adam Rajewski

    5 months ago

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

  30. Make Money Now

    Make Money Now

    5 months ago

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

  31. SurleyBlaine


    5 months ago

    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.

  32. boyce1204


    5 months ago

    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.

  33. Hauke v. H.

    Hauke v. H.

    5 months ago

    Rusty thing...

  34. paul sutton

    paul sutton

    5 months ago

    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.

  35. TDONLEY91


    5 months ago

    You should Honda b18 swap the old mini

  36. Rob Thomas

    Rob Thomas

    5 months ago

    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!

  37. James M

    James M

    5 months ago

    Aaaa! I see what you did there. 😉

  38. The Bubba Continuum

    The Bubba Continuum

    5 months ago

    How much for the paring knife?

  39. Sam Stewart

    Sam Stewart

    5 months ago

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

  40. eddieh1530


    5 months ago

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

  41. kvdude


    5 months ago

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

  42. Gerrit van Uitert

    Gerrit van Uitert

    6 months ago

    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)

  43. bimerev


    6 months ago

    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

  44. Zachary Campos

    Zachary Campos

    6 months ago

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

  45. Richard Vera

    Richard Vera

    6 months ago

    Why do you have an Ankle bracelet?

  46. rager1969


    6 months ago

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

  47. Dan Ashcroft

    Dan Ashcroft

    6 months ago

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

  48. TheMadRatter


    6 months ago

    "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.



    6 months ago

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

  50. mogeking56


    6 months ago

    Good 😌 ass gas ⛽️ 😂

  51. mogeking56


    6 months ago

    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.

  52. JAH


    6 months ago

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

  53. carlos pontes

    carlos pontes

    6 months ago

    10:18 for technical sniffs...

  54. Charlie Wolf

    Charlie Wolf

    6 months ago

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

  55. Viktor Snow

    Viktor Snow

    6 months ago

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

  56. Totozio


    6 months ago

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

  57. David vE

    David vE

    6 months ago

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

  58. Aaron Bahner

    Aaron Bahner

    6 months ago

    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.

  59. Bob Edwards

    Bob Edwards

    6 months ago


  60. monstersquishy


    6 months ago

    that mini engine could make a fun go kart

  61. Baboucarr Dampha

    Baboucarr Dampha

    6 months ago

    Can we please have you in our show?

  62. Dylan Baker

    Dylan Baker

    6 months ago

    Hi Rich, can I buy that intake???

  63. Mark Maxwell

    Mark Maxwell

    6 months ago

    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....... 👍👍👍

  64. Ethentic


    6 months ago

    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

  65. Phumzani Tshabalala

    Phumzani Tshabalala

    6 months ago

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

  66. Nef


    6 months ago

    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

  67. Alex Berrio

    Alex Berrio

    6 months ago

    That skinny girl is still thick thou.

  68. the daily shaver!

    the daily shaver!

    6 months ago

    Why don't someone Ev swap a hummer H2

  69. M. vdW.

    M. vdW.

    6 months ago

    Just K-swap it

  70. Deniz Sepit

    Deniz Sepit

    6 months ago


  71. Sasquatch Alaska

    Sasquatch Alaska

    6 months ago

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

  72. Lemming T

    Lemming T

    6 months ago

    RX7 is very unreliable

  73. adamstoby96


    6 months ago

    I had a 2005 mini once now I drive 88 volvo

  74. Dave


    6 months ago

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

  75. ItsMe_AllanP


    6 months ago

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

  76. HaloDontReach


    6 months ago

    Is it possible to have ac too?

  77. David Parsons

    David Parsons

    6 months ago

    This'll be fun content to watch.

  78. Ross Millaney

    Ross Millaney

    6 months ago

    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

  79. sunsolarman


    6 months ago

    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!!

  80. Frank Buck

    Frank Buck

    6 months ago

    I like the accidental props for Vote yes on #1

  81. Super2000


    6 months ago

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

  82. Thomas


    6 months ago

    dope you found electric garage!

  83. Henk Smit

    Henk Smit

    6 months ago

    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

  84. AweSomo84


    6 months ago

    Hard flex duck this

  85. AquariusThaDon


    6 months ago

    Who’s complaining about free content 👀

  86. LOK E

    LOK E

    6 months ago

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

  87. Tedacules


    6 months ago

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

  88. qweef69


    6 months ago

    @18:29 preach

  89. Richard Faulkner

    Richard Faulkner

    6 months ago

    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.

  90. Handy Man

    Handy Man

    6 months ago

    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.

  91. YamWarrior


    6 months ago

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

  92. Patrick Jaquemet

    Patrick Jaquemet

    6 months ago

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

  93. Connor Kanady

    Connor Kanady

    6 months ago

    Loved the photoshopped Scarlett Johansson with big ole gazongas

  94. Vincent Nguyen

    Vincent Nguyen

    6 months ago

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

  95. Steve Schilffarth

    Steve Schilffarth

    6 months ago

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

  96. Scott Schaefer

    Scott Schaefer

    6 months ago

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

  97. nique marshall

    nique marshall

    6 months ago

    rear battery is only on the s model

  98. nique marshall

    nique marshall

    6 months ago

    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

  99. nique marshall

    nique marshall

    6 months ago

    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.

  100. Jonathan Escamilla

    Jonathan Escamilla

    6 months ago

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