Wheeler Dealers

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Prof Prolapse

14,825 posts

140 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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I liked the abortion of a Subaru WRX they "tastefully modified", initialled it and sold. Then shafted the guy who bought it for thousands. I honestly hope he had a good hard look at himself.

Is there not another programme on the same channel where two mental retarded guys in London try and fix cars? I watched one when they put a Mondeo engine in a Fiesta. It was one of the worst and most pointless bodges I have ever seen.

To be fair I shouldn't laugh as hard as I did, it is a form of exploitation.






Evo

3,459 posts

204 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Always enjoyed mike and ed if you put the pricing to one side, what I have been enjoying even more is car SOS.

DaveEssex

252 posts

107 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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V8covin said:
No,he's a decent enough mechanic but pretty clueless when it comes to bodywork
And, where do you get your credentials from that allow you to come to this conclusion?

Motorrad

6,750 posts

137 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Anyone who was labouring under the impression this show was in some way 'cinema verite' needs to re-evaluate the way they consume media.

It's a bit of entertaining flim flam about older/interesting cars.

I haven't met either of the presenters but they come across as the sort of blokes I'd be happy to enjoy a pint at the pub with.

SnipsSt

236 posts

157 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Saw a trail for a Wheeler Dealers spin-off called, Trading Up.

The premise seems to be that Mike starts with a car, and travels the world wheeler dealing his way by part-ex up to something slightly better... all the way up to something a lot better.

(along the lines of that guy who traded from a paperclip all the way to a house)

It starts 2nd April, 9pm, apparently.

I'll certainly be tuning in.

r11co

6,244 posts

180 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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jpf said:
it seems to me that once you figure out Ed's labor charge (60 hours prepping the body), these cars are not really sold at a profit
In the latest episode broadcast here in the UK (featuring the Morris Traveller) Edd makes a not-so-subtle joke about that very fact.

It's an entertainment show, and a very good one IMO as it encourages preservation of good cars rather than scrapping due to faults that an ignorant person would be conned into believing will cost ££££'s to fix.

Edd constantly makes reference to how much it would cost to get a pro to do a job for you if you haven't got the tools/equipment/wherewithal to do it yourself.

Devil2575

13,400 posts

138 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Motorrad said:
I haven't met either of the presenters but they come across as the sort of blokes I'd be happy to enjoy a pint at the pub with.
I agree.

Captain Muppet

8,537 posts

215 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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DaveEssex said:
V8covin said:
No,he's a decent enough mechanic but pretty clueless when it comes to bodywork
And, where do you get your credentials from that allow you to come to this conclusion?
Have you seen the one on the mk1 MR2? Filler and rattle can, without even smoothing the filler inside the wheel arch.

That is exactly how I fixed up my Astra GTE back in 1998.

He's got a lot better since then. I haven't.

jpf

Original Poster:

1,282 posts

226 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Put me down for a 1993-5 Mazda Rx-7.

I'd love to see how they tackle the rotary, emissions, the fact some of them have been modified to the point of Godzilla...

405dogvan

5,326 posts

215 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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jpf said:
I've been watching the show for a few weeks in the USA. I just saw the Bentley restoration and it seems to me that once you figure out Ed's labor charge (60 hours prepping the body), these cars are not really sold at a profit (of course they get paid for doing the show). Also, I would be curious to see how the cars are looking one or 2 years post restoration. I also saw the Lotus Espirit renovation and it gave me the heebejeebees.
They've at least once gone back to find cars they "restored" - the one I remember was an MX-5 which the owner had pretty-much neglected and it was falling to bits.

I'm no Brewer fan but I think the show is OK - I long since stopped caring that if they had to consider their time they'd be losing fortunes, the motor trade is a nasty, dishonest place and making a 'reality' show about it would get everyone locked-up so we have to use a bit of fantasy here!

soad

30,548 posts

126 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Gad-Westy said:
vixen1700 said:
Looking forward to the Cerbera. cool
yes
Me too.

Downton Mini

1,026 posts

114 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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SnipsSt said:
Saw a trail for a Wheeler Dealers spin-off called, Trading Up.

The premise seems to be that Mike starts with a car, and travels the world wheeler dealing his way by part-ex up to something slightly better... all the way up to something a lot better.

(along the lines of that guy who traded from a paperclip all the way to a house)

It starts 2nd April, 9pm, apparently.

I'll certainly be tuning in.
Didn't he do something similar a few years ago started off with smoething like a £500 Micra and ended up with a yellow MG ZR which the gave away?

nicanary

7,158 posts

96 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Downton Mini said:
Didn't he do something similar a few years ago started off with smoething like a £500 Micra and ended up with a yellow MG ZR which the gave away?
Sinkysento. (In Brewerspeak)

V8covin

2,479 posts

143 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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DaveEssex said:
And, where do you get your credentials from that allow you to come to this conclusion?
25 tears in the motor trade

Joedarkness

104 posts

84 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Prof Prolapse said:
I liked the abortion of a Subaru WRX they "tastefully modified", initialled it and sold. Then shafted the guy who bought it for thousands. I honestly hope he had a good hard look at himself.

Is there not another programme on the same channel where two mental retarded guys in London try and fix cars? I watched one when they put a Mondeo engine in a Fiesta. It was one of the worst and most pointless bodges I have ever seen.

To be fair I shouldn't laugh as hard as I did, it is a form of exploitation.
You mean "Chop Shop" yeah I thought Bernie was ok and Leepu would have been dead within a day in a normal workshop until I watched "Classic Car Rescue"
And realized that he's just as bad

tyrrell

1,437 posts

158 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Love the show great entertainment they are both legends in their own lunch time biggrin

Ash From Flux

1,138 posts

118 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Xtriple129 said:
Can't watch it anymore. Absolutely HATE Brewer.
I like him, he gave me a baseball cap once laugh

tim2100

6,218 posts

207 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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Blimey, again?

scottyrocks

170 posts

84 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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SnipsSt said:
Saw a trail for a Wheeler Dealers spin-off called, Trading Up.

The premise seems to be that Mike starts with a car, and travels the world wheeler dealing his way by part-ex up to something slightly better... all the way up to something a lot better.

(along the lines of that guy who traded from a paperclip all the way to a house)

It starts 2nd April, 9pm, apparently.

I'll certainly be tuning in.
Seeing how I usually don't pay much attention until the car is in Edd's shop, I'll probably pass on this new one.

vrsmxtb

1,997 posts

106 months

Thursday 21st March 2013
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It's a fun, entertaining TV show first and foremost. It's not meant to be a documentary or filmed Haynes manual. I think they hit the balance just right. The "profit" is done fairly tongue in cheek, even Edd has started mentioning ironically his labour costs, he's probably read the many PH threads!