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Someone TAMPERED with our $1,000 MINI Cooper at Auction! Can a $50 Hack Bring it Back to Life?

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Since our Mini Cooper S didn't seem to respond to the key that came with it at the auction I contacted ECU Team to diagnose our electrical modules and see where the problem was on the car. It turns out someone at auction must've tampered with it!
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  1. Taylor C

    Taylor C

    11 minuten geleden

    It's funny seeing a car computer freak out because it's not hooked up to a car. Empty fuel, check engine, device car (shake? Car), null mileage



    51 minuut geleden

    I can’t afford a lambo rim let alone the entire wrecked car. In the future I see more people buying dead cars and performing EV swaps as more drop in kits become available.

  3. R R

    R R

    Uur geleden

    At 9:15, if you went as fast as you did with your Range Rover going backwards - than this mini, would be 2 minis 🚗 🚘

  4. That One Guy

    That One Guy

    Uur geleden

    MOAR mini Cooper videos! MOAR MOAR!

  5. That One Guy

    That One Guy

    Uur geleden

    It's always tough to "pull out"...

  6. Mr KHAM

    Mr KHAM

    Uur geleden

    I going get another one same that car 🚘🚘

  7. Gregory Tolson

    Gregory Tolson

    Uur geleden

    Pretty sure you can find out if certain recalls were performed on the car with the VIN #.

  8. Nige Vargas

    Nige Vargas

    2 uur geleden

    Sell it to me !!!!!

  9. JOHNJOHN 9111

    JOHNJOHN 9111

    2 uur geleden


  10. That One Guy

    That One Guy

    2 uur geleden

    Man I'd of bought that for 1k too and drive it until it breaks.

  11. bigman Bze

    bigman Bze

    3 uur geleden

    I love these minis

  12. G g

    G g

    3 uur geleden

    cool to see the ECU guy's bench. I like to see the supercars but keep it reasonable like the audio r8 was ~$30,000? That's realistic for people

  13. justcubbin


    4 uur geleden

    Hammer the auction for a discount on the key if it was advertised as a run and drive



    5 uur geleden

    The cooling system design in those minis is the stupidest thing ever designed. They fail all the time

  15. Nebderf 350zHR

    Nebderf 350zHR

    5 uur geleden

    I defiantly wanna see you lose your shirt on buying Glamorous shit boxes, Maserati’s, Jags, Maybe even Alphas ect

  16. System11 YT

    System11 YT

    6 uur geleden

    Must say I prefer the less exotic projects, it's more relateable and more applicable to knowledge I might need one day. My cheap little runaround Fiat salvage repair is the result of people like you & others giving me the confidence to have a go & succeed.

  17. Ryan Elliott

    Ryan Elliott

    6 uur geleden

    There's another Mini Cooper key on the floor by the driver seat

  18. Victor Robinson

    Victor Robinson

    7 uur geleden

    I'm calling the police on you ! You stole this Cooper !!😣

  19. Neil Bennet

    Neil Bennet

    7 uur geleden

    yes please

  20. Zach Moore

    Zach Moore

    7 uur geleden

    2007 was the first year with the turbo, you have a second year if it's an '08 like mentioned in the video.

  21. Seth Cain

    Seth Cain

    7 uur geleden

    Post it anyways for fun. More contents usually always good content.

  22. Beastly Garage

    Beastly Garage

    8 uur geleden

    As a previous Turbo N14 Mini Cooper owner, this whole series brings on some serious PTSD. GET RID OF IT ASAP!

  23. UnWrecked


    8 uur geleden

    Now these are my type of rebuilds! Check my channel out

  24. UnWrecked


    8 uur geleden

    Passengers don't need a headrest

  25. beyerch


    9 uur geleden

    I'm confused? If you had a scanner, you would have known the key was the issue to start with. No reason to mail all that stuff out? P.S. That's some amazing hearing if you can tell a timing chain has slack in it....

  26. 717 Weston

    717 Weston

    9 uur geleden

    Shitty channel

  27. E Eller

    E Eller

    9 uur geleden

    What if the battery was dead in the key fob would it do the same thing?

  28. Brad Mottishaw

    Brad Mottishaw

    10 uur geleden

    Man that us SOOO COOOL! NICE WIN!

  29. Kitty Cat

    Kitty Cat

    10 uur geleden

    Always love seeing those time lapse videos. Gives a sense of completion to the projects.

  30. Adam Hamilton

    Adam Hamilton

    10 uur geleden

    whats the story on the ferrari in the background at the end??

  31. Pot Committed

    Pot Committed

    11 uur geleden

    are those Lambo driving socks?



    12 uur geleden

    I think your wife would love driving the Mini.

  33. GamerGuyProductions


    12 uur geleden

    This is the cheapest dude I know. It's the same reason all his cars are junk

  34. Dave Tires

    Dave Tires

    12 uur geleden


  35. Gacheru Mburu

    Gacheru Mburu

    12 uur geleden


  36. Tree M

    Tree M

    12 uur geleden

    Great deal!

  37. ShakA Amiranashvili

    ShakA Amiranashvili

    12 uur geleden

    my dream car is e60 m5 please give me ur m5 send to country georgia POTI

  38. tyler238


    13 uur geleden

    You and rich should race the minis after he makes his electric! That’d be dope lol ⛽️ vs 🔋

  39. Marty G

    Marty G

    13 uur geleden

    Only 1 new key? Should have programmed 2!

  40. Terry Elvers

    Terry Elvers

    13 uur geleden

    A while ago (months ago) you mentioned where we could get car shop manuals online. I can't find that video. Can you please let me know the site for the online manuals? I am looking for one on a 2017 Lincoln Continental. Thanks a lot - love the videos!

  41. xXUnforgivingKarmaXx


    13 uur geleden

    I wouldn't put my mother in law in one of those things. If its fixed and running right sell it asap!

  42. Antony Gantt

    Antony Gantt

    13 uur geleden

    Your everyday working guy will never touch an exotic car, keep going with cheapies.

  43. Shabby


    14 uur geleden

    Goonzsquad can get there AUDI key issues sorted i suppose

  44. Matthew Tucknott

    Matthew Tucknott

    16 uur geleden

    If the calico princess thinks the car is good, then that should mean its good enough for us silly humans. Samcrac, could you please introduce chicken reviews for each car? I feel its a very important metric.

  45. David Hallworth

    David Hallworth

    16 uur geleden

    Looking forward to a video on that XFR you've got there!

  46. DetroitRebuildz


    17 uur geleden

    Finally a win for the chicken farmer take that Tesla fan boys!

  47. Emmet Moore

    Emmet Moore

    18 uur geleden

    The engine in the turbo mini is so bad. They cost thousands to keep on the road. Absolute pos

  48. Dinura Fernando

    Dinura Fernando

    18 uur geleden

    Anyone else catch the red Ferrari 360 in the background at 21:49.

  49. Reiwas


    18 uur geleden

    is that red ferrari behind him?

  50. Reiwas


    18 uur geleden

    8:29 why it sounds like its supercharged? :D thats not R53

  51. Wasa2507


    18 uur geleden

    Yeah let’s see the coil install as easy fix for most people to do

  52. Reiwas


    18 uur geleden

    raycons sound like crap, just the cheapest branded aliexpress shit

  53. Bradley


    19 uur geleden

    Probably has a decat downpipe due to the emission code.

  54. MWMRacing


    20 uur geleden

    Hey Sam, While its possible it had a key swapped its likely its not actually a wrong key issue, seems to be a common problem with the R56 generation (especially if it has comfort access as if the key is kept inside it keeps polling the car periodically and runs the key flat and for whatever reason can also kill the key I've heard), we are building one as a racecar currently in Australia and i bought mine from the Auctions wrecked, but I could start it right up when i got it, within a week of moving it around the yard I had the EXACT same issue as you had (Mine doesn't have comfort access either), the immobiliser chip in the keys for whatever reason go bad, some people recommend replacing the key battery as you did, but in my case it was a solder in battery, i pulled the key down and kept current to the key at all times but even still it didnt resolve the issue, so alas off to bmw to order a key, once it arrived it has been good as gold and the build has continued as planned! Good to see you experiencing the Mini lifestyle, as with many people you either fall completely in love with them or you hate them, like a Toyota MR2 there doesn't seem to be an in-between. Enjoy your videos, keep it up, James

  55. Kavinsky Smith

    Kavinsky Smith

    20 uur geleden

    you know sam I think the main thing is to buy what you like, if you go off of what people want all the time you'll never have fun with it, after all its what made the Pizza Van and the Porsche Builds so fun, although I must admit I hope you go for that bentley in the italian colors you found, as hey, if your gonna keep calling that german thing the L word, its only fitting you find a brit that's trying to be an italian and rebuild that as well. plus atleast that one is honest about what it is, and even then that's abit of an odd conundrum, like a British car in italian car colors that was built by a german parent company in england. like it couldnt be anymore contrived if you tried

  56. Dogismo


    20 uur geleden

    tbh i love the channel, and rebuild videos in general, but i dont watch cheap car rebuilds.... gotta be interesting cars or nothing for me

  57. beat glauser

    beat glauser

    20 uur geleden

    BMW and limpmode: My old BMW 320 decides to go into limpmode once in a while: Switch off the engine and start it again. Unfortunately my wife did not know that and crawled for a few minutes before reaching her destination. I have an old Diesel Opel Omega. The engine is the same as in BMWs and Landrovers. Until I replaced an injector, the car was in limpmode for a minute when cold. Very, very annoying! When the key started acting up on my 320, I learned that a replacemnet key was over 250$! We cut the original key open and put a regular battery in it. One hour of fumbling and the key is working perfectly for over a year now!

  58. bobsg35


    22 uur geleden

    Ughh, that key is the worst I have ever seen. What a trendy piece of crap. Same with the gauges. If they were all burned in a huge explosion, all at once, not 1 F would be given.

  59. Voss


    22 uur geleden

    I bet it was rich. He was looking for a new engine for his mini cooper lol

  60. Law Office Of Lowell J. Kuvin, LLC

    Law Office Of Lowell J. Kuvin, LLC

    23 uur geleden

    Never loan a car to someone. Look up the Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine - if they get into an accident with the car, you will be held financially responsible.

  61. Daniel Milton

    Daniel Milton

    Dag geleden

    Let's see sam try his hand at repainting that bumper. He has that inflatable booth. Use it!

  62. MurderMostFowl


    Dag geleden

    That steering wheel lock was a solution looking for a problem. Why would they engineer something like that?

  63. Roo Tehconqueror

    Roo Tehconqueror

    Dag geleden

    scan it with a bmw specific code reader.

  64. Joe Gotillyoublow

    Joe Gotillyoublow

    Dag geleden

    Thanks to you we know how expensive European cars are to fix. How about some luxury Japanese cars? Lexus, Acura and Infiniy. I have had good luck with all of them buying them used and keeping them for 7-8 years. Be nice to know if you find the same.

  65. Osama Tanweer

    Osama Tanweer

    Dag geleden

    You don’t have to replace all that for bmw keys. I paid $200 for an e46, you just give them the vin and show proof of ownership and they’ll give you a cut programmed key

  66. Hardy 1

    Hardy 1

    Dag geleden

    Is that chicken going into the oven or ?

  67. OmoBeanz


    Dag geleden

    Skip to 2:59 for actual content. Then just keep skipping until the end and move on to another video,

  68. jmugoose30


    Dag geleden

    I had a manual 2005 corvette that had the same column lock problem. They recalled the C5 with the issue but not the C6.

  69. Sean Savinell

    Sean Savinell

    Dag geleden

    So wait, you and Rich are both doing Mini projects? Odd..

  70. A


    Dag geleden

    Bmw nazi rip off waist of money

  71. Jeff Bye

    Jeff Bye

    Dag geleden

    love the vegas knights shirt, have two of them myself

  72. opb235


    Dag geleden

    How does insurance work on these salvage title cars if you wreck it after the rebuild?



    Dag geleden

    Sam are you selling this mini I would love to buy it for my girlfriend

  74. Buzz


    Dag geleden

    I want to buy your Mini???

  75. marshalllucky


    Dag geleden

    if youre car it is broken then why no just buy there new automobiles? they are no verr expensives :-(

  76. Fms Watchdo

    Fms Watchdo

    Dag geleden

    The Ferrari rebuild took tooooo long, lost interest. Let's see cheaper but quicker builds, finish the damn cars!

  77. RC Hobbyist Extreme

    RC Hobbyist Extreme

    Dag geleden

    I like to see you half assed fixed exotic cars using crap repair methods and then swearing the repair is as good as factory. Go ahead Sam, let's see you waste money on cars you love to hack. You need to keep that reputation as Sam Hack going right?

  78. Edward Myers

    Edward Myers

    Dag geleden

    Thats quite the diag set up lol

  79. Pan Orama

    Pan Orama

    Dag geleden

    LOVE your channel, Sam! Our Mini story: We bought a brand new 2009 Mini Cooper a decade ago here in Winnipeg, Canada. 15 check engine lights in the first 18 months of ownership. Many were related to ignition coils, among numerous other issues. All were under warranty, but we would bring the car home after service and a day or two later the check engine light was on again. After bringing this to the attention of the dealership's GM, they offered us a black 2012 Baker Street Special Edition (new) with three years of warranty and and four years of free service for a few thousand plus the lemon 2009. Beautiful car, fun to drive, so we went for it. Four more years of check engine lights and other issues, including excessive oil consumption (I was told to check the oil weekly...haven't done that since owning a 1963 beater Valiant when I was in high school). Got hit with a big repair bill right after the warranty ended (the car was on the verge of catastrophic engine failure, according to the tech). Happily got rid of it and gave the full story to the next owner as we wanted him to know what he was getting into. Beautiful cars, perfect for my wife, fun to drive, but I would never touch one again, unless I was mechanically inclined as you are, Sam. Good on you to get one for 1K and be able to tinker with it. This video brought back some memories/nightmares for me!

  80. BioHazard Shrimp

    BioHazard Shrimp

    Dag geleden

    Russians know their shit around a vehicle.

  81. E.T. MotorSports

    E.T. MotorSports

    Dag geleden

    The vanos code can cause a false misfire

  82. Shelby T

    Shelby T

    Dag geleden

    DONT BUY RAYCON EARBUDS! They are built extremely cheapy, NO CRISP sound, ONLY BASS, they sound horrible they cost like 80 bucks, 50% MY ASS, they are cheap bad earbuds, just google it, there are reviews on NLcameras showing how they basically suck ass. DONT BUY RAYCONS

  83. K.D. McCoy

    K.D. McCoy

    Dag geleden

    Just gotta get it outta soft-limp mode first🤔

  84. K.D. McCoy

    K.D. McCoy

    Dag geleden

    "I plan on beating this daily for the next few weeks" 😂🤣😂

  85. toby hames

    toby hames

    Dag geleden

    If my vote counts I prefer everyday cars I don't really care about Lamborghini or Ferraris.

  86. Colefinney 1234

    Colefinney 1234

    Dag geleden

    You should swap your golf car for the mini

  87. paul taylor

    paul taylor

    Dag geleden

    Lovely Jubbly Sam.

  88. daniel carter

    daniel carter

    Dag geleden

    I just wonder who dropped the ball, it's like you got another coopers keys while your keys ended up in another cooper, so you basically swapped keys because someone got the keys mixed

  89. Richard Brabbs

    Richard Brabbs

    Dag geleden

    Bmw minis are the car equivalent of a schizophrenic they should come with a free diagnostic reader from the factory

  90. Jason Emile

    Jason Emile

    Dag geleden

    My dashboard is currently not visible so I’m trying to figure out to fix it.

  91. Jason Emile

    Jason Emile

    Dag geleden

    I’m working on a 2005 Bentley GT. I like watching your channel because it gives me hope with my purchase-since I’m doing the bulk of the fix up work myself.

  92. Matt cavazos

    Matt cavazos

    Dag geleden

    I would pay you to fix my 1979 trans am

  93. daniel carter

    daniel carter

    Dag geleden

    If the thumbnail is correct, I wouldn't have put it past it, because of how the pictures in the original were. Clearly someone wanted that car and busted it up. Who knows

  94. YaBoiDustin


    Dag geleden

    Why did you sell out to raycon of all companies, I have a pair of 20 dollar qcy earbuds that sound way better than these things

  95. Jean Dunow

    Jean Dunow

    Dag geleden

    Hey, Sam! I have a CravenSpeed nGauge set for sale on ebay right now...coolant temp and voltage gauges. They would look great in your new MINI!

  96. DNCII


    Dag geleden

    I think I spy a red Ferrari in the barn behind Sam at the end...

  97. Barry Abbott

    Barry Abbott

    Dag geleden

    I hope you don't have the proulbem that I had with my mine it got to 84000 and started bruning oil and not starting my sister minei did the same thing at 90.000 good luck

  98. Scott Butts

    Scott Butts

    Dag geleden

    BIG win nice job

  99. 1 to 20 BTC Bully

    1 to 20 BTC Bully

    Dag geleden

    roll the dice on them cars

  100. Zwick


    Dag geleden

    Samcrac: Shows off a pair of red raycons But says he’s been wearing the blue pair for a year😂🤣☠️