Ant replaces Edd on WHeeler Dealers - We say thumbs up.

Wheeler Dealers Without Edd China - We Vote Thumbs Up

We've watched the first three episodes of Wheeler Dealers without our beloved Edd China, and discovered we still love the show.

If you are like us, you are a long-time fan of Wheeler Dealers, now shown on Velocity. When Edd China departed last year (pushed out was the general feeling), we were angry, and vowed never to watch again! But then we did watch. And we liked it.

Edd was a huge part of Wheeler Dealers, and certainly as much a part of the show as Mike Brewer. Edd brought all the technical knowledge of a career's worth of hard-earned tricks and tips to the audience in a way that made even the most impossible jobs seem approachable, and in some cases, downright easy.

We really didn't want to like this new guy, Ant Anstead. He had been in the running for a gig on Top Gear, a show that could not be more different from Wheeler Dealers, and that made us like him less. However, now that we have watched a few episodes, Ant is a pretty likable guy. It hasn't hurt that the first few cars were interesting. The second-generation Supra and the Ford Escort RS in particular.

The show has evolved quite a bit. There is less wrenching and more of mike searching, the hosts hugging each other and other people, less long sleeve shirts and more army cargo pants. Heck, the show now even accounts for labor time when it does its profit and loss accounting we all wait for in the last five minutes.

On a Wednesday night, when there are no sports on TV, and that remote is sitting there, we find ourselves pretty well entertained by Ant and Mike. What say you?

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