Would you believe that Wheeler Dealers has graced our screens for just over 14 years now? The show first aired on October 7th, 2003, which saw host Mike Brewer purchase an old Porsche 924 for just £700.
His new co-presenter, Edd China, then spent an additional £310 fixing the car’s problems before the duo made a profit of just £490 upon sale. In fact, the combined profit from the first six cars they flipped during Series 1 was just £1,518.50. My, how things have changed.
All in all, Mike and Edd flipped some 135 cars in the years which followed and amassed a global audience of more than 138-million people. It is understandable then, that any changes made to the show’s winning formula after all that time would no doubt be met with fierce criticism and an outpouring of grief from fans – which is unfortunately exactly what happened earlier this year. I am of course talking about Edd China’s decision to leave Wheeler Dealers.
In a video posted on YouTube, Edd revealed his decision to leave centred around suggestions that the workshop aspects of the show were set to be reduced for Series 14.
Edd’s announcement came as a huge shock to Mike: “I’m obviously upset and gutted that Edd’s decided to leave the programme because we’ve got a very strong relationship and a close bond after 13 years and 135 cars,” he said at the time.
Speaking to TopGearbox, Mike Brewer has revealed the impact Edd’s announcement had on his family, plus his daily struggle to convince fans that his intentions for the show have only ever been good.
“The past year has been very difficult for me and my family due to the manner in which the public believe Edd China left the show,” Mike says. “Edd posted numerous videos explaining his reasons for leaving – he has in effect shown his hand and declared his position. The reasons he talks about are clear, concise and now out there. These are Edd’s reasons whether I agree or not.”
“The abuse that me and my family have suffered as a result of Edd’s statements effects more than just me. It affects the crew, my friends, the fans, the charities and my employees and employers. I have been abused in the street, restaurants, supermarkets and at car shows because Edd made the decision to leave and quit the show? His reasons are clear and out there for people to draw their own conclusions.” – Mike Brewer
In the months following Edd’s announcement, Mike has struggled in vain to try and reassure fans that contrary to what was said, the upcoming series of Wheeler Dealers would be ‘business as usual’.
“They feared, based solely on Edd’s statement, the worst for the future of Wheeler Dealers, a car show the fans care deeply about,” he says. “It has taken some months and some patience against a continued tide of abuse to reach where we are today. Now that the public can finally see the show, it was in fact as I had said all along.”
“I wish to make it perfectly clear that at no point was Edd ever asked to have his role in the program reduced. And please remember I never even knew he was going. Edd never told me.” – Mike Brewer
Mike also took a moment to discuss the infamous video which emerged online earlier this month of him talking about Edd at a classic car show in the US, suggesting it appeared to be far more damning than it was in reality.
“The video was shown out of context as it is just an edited shorter clip from a much longer video in which I actually praise Edd,” Mike maintains. “I of course stand by what I said in the shorter edited version. I echoed a fact, which is well known within production, that in Edd’s world he had become a star so he had the ability to pick and choose what he wanted to do on the program.”
“I also went on to explain that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last 13 years working with him and I wish him all the best. If Edd took offence to this then he knows he can contact me,” Mike added.
Whichever side of the fence you currently sit on, one thing you can be sure of is that Mike’s fierce defence of Wheeler Dealers reveals just how important the long-running show is to him.
“I live and breathe this show I nurtured over the past thirteen years,” he says. “Wheeler Dealers is in effect my baby, but above that the show is my job, my livelihood, my bread winning support for my family and my career that I have proudly built over the past 20 years entertaining people on car shows.”
“Going forward, Discovery and Velocity channel have placed huge faith in me and the global brand of Wheeler Dealers. And I wish to thank them. Ant Anstead has entered the show as my new sidekick, and he is amazing, hard-working, skilled and a real orator who knows his craft exactly. The network is rightly thrilled with the results and it is through hard work, determination and pure passion for what we do that we have delivered yet another record audience show. Wheeler Dealers continues to grow.”
“I hope now the show is out that we will build on the success of the reboot and continue to deliver this amazing show that’s to be enjoyed by car fans.”
the show is hammy and I guess at the beginning that was OK, sort of early cable TV ( US ) or you tube. I think that the bit at the end where the buyer squats and then says he doesn’t have enough money, is too annoying. I think it’s best that they went away on their own. Mikes new show with Ant is madly better but Mike just isn’t polished enough.
Good luck to EDD
I think most are missing the point here.. firstly it is a TV show and much at times has to be scripted! a whole classic car in some cases brought back to life in a condensed 45 minutes! try that if you can! I very much liked Ed, his knowledge and his entertaining comments regarding assembly and disassembly.. and really.. 13 series of week in week out with the spanner must have taken a toll on him.. I was very sorry to see him go! However Ant stepped up and has done a great job! albeit with a different style and attitude but very knowledgeable as well! now we have Elvis.. refreshingly different to the first two but I very much enjoy his input to the show as well! Now we have Mike.. well to be totally honest the thing I really like about Mike is what you see is what you get! sure he hams it up sometimes but that is the show and he does a great job of trying to be the best he can! As a 74 year old I mucked about with a lot of the old cars they have all worked on and it takes me back to my youth.. and as such I just love the show and have watched and re watched many episodes.. I so much enjoy all of the episodes for what they are.. top TV! and I would advise every one to stop trying pull the show to pieces.. just enjoy!
I am in Australia , I hate the fact they play the same show day & night . As soon as i hear start of the show i quickly turn to another show anything is better that listening to mike brewer he is a total flog . The dodge he turn for a test drive & flogged the guts out of it mate i would have given you a flogging for it . If come at me with a hand shake like that i would politely say f_c_k off . He is about as funny as a don’t walk sign at a paraplegic centre , The show is shit & shouldn’t be shown in australia , Of all the shows 9 rush play wheelers & dealer is poor acting . money made is all bullshit . I am sure mike is gay he seems to like touch blokes , Ant well fuc_ me he isn’t even a mechanic . he should be doing kids shows .
I think I have just seen the 1st. show. The arrogant, secondhand car dealer introduced Ed China as ” My Grease Monky” – Had he have done that to me, I would have smaked him in the face !!. My training as an Electronic Engineer took 7 long years, and I expect the same would have been for Ed China – Grease Monkey indeed !!!! – far more technical training than a London based secondhand car salesman would have to achieve !!. Think on Brewer
As everyone knows him “the fat second hand car salesman” defines a SPARE PART AT A FUNERAL!!!!
Mike ruined the shoq for me. He really hams up his role with his stupid handshakes, his talking to the parts people, his acting as the boss when speaking with the mechanic, whover that might be onany one day. I sort of think the mechanics leave because they can only stand so much of Mike’s crapping acting.
The move from Britain to the US for Wheeler Dealers will be it’s death knell and very likely something that Mike Brewer will live to regret. For a very simple reason – the show’s content.
The British version featured everything from a 3 wheeler Messchermitt and Amphicar to a Polish Sorina and VW Corrado, plus a Jaguar XJ6 Coupe and E-Type, Aston Martin, Maserati, Triumph Stag, Mini Moke, Jensen and many other unique cars from Britain and Europe. All that will be gone and what we will no doubt be fed now is a succession of yank tanks.
I was so looking forward to a continuation and perhaps seeing more Morris, Austin, Hillman, Daimler, Rover and Rootes Group vehicles among others. We already have Counting Cars, Kindig Customs, Full Custom Garage, Overhaulin’ and Garage Squad, etc., etc. – all featuring nothing but US vehicles! Oh yawn! They are watchable and enjoyable for what they are worth of course, but enough is enough. Wheeler Dealers served up a variety of cars that we rarely see but we won’t see them anymore.
We have seriously lost something if WD is just going to join this throng of US car restorers. Others have said that Edd China made the show and I strongly agree. Ant Anstead is capable but he is NOT Edd China. Mike Brewer comes across as the typical car salesman which I put in the same category as real estate salesmen – brash, arrogant and generally dislikeable, and giving Edd sometimes huge amounts of work while brushing aside Edd’s very reasonable concerns and criticisms.
Edd’s concerns about the shows direction were surely not unfounded – it seemed that he was already worked to death by Brewer and Edd probably spent 12 hour days in the workshop while Brewer did little more than run around to fetch parts, or sometimes making a pitiful token effort to the task – pushing a button here or cleaning a piece of upholstery there. We never saw him actually get his hands dirty and help Edd in the workshop with the hard jobs. And if WD is going to make a greater number of shows at the behest of the producers then Edd surely saw that he would not be able to keep up.
Just like Top Gear went down the plughole with the departure of Clarkson, May and Hammond and subsequently had a succession of hosts, Wheeler Dealers is headed the same way. Top Gear is no longer worth the bother to watch it and it is a shadow of its former self. It’s very sad to see Wheeler Dealers follow the money – as is surely Brewer’s desire and intention. But therein lies a serious loss to viewers given that British and European cars will no longer be featured which we can take as a given. WD was unique for that reason alone, but now that Brewer has effectively killed the show by making it yet another US car restoration program (which it surely will be) to compete with the many others then we can only lament the sad loss.
I love this show and agree that the line up of cars chosen is interesting. I don’t want to see repeated old US tanks but a range of cars like they have featured all along. There are so many interesting cars from the UK and Europe that are great to see restored or “sorted”. I’m into cars that are realistic and obtainable by the common man, including some of their exotics like Lamborghini, Jensen and Aston Martin. Lovely seeing Fiesta XR, Citroen 2cv, Escort, Kombi, Stag, MGA, Mini Moke and Morris Traveller. I haven’t seen the new Ant episodes but will reserve judgement until then. The chemistry between Edd and Mike, in my opinion is great. Remember to keep a sense of humor as I can see Mike in particular “bungs it on” and pokes a bit at Edd who is always cool and not overly reactive or confrontational. I love the fusion of their personalities and really wish it were still possible to have USA and UK versions of the show, and the producers went of of their way to bring Edd back, let him have his format, and carry on with the show. I find Mike amusing and highly entertaining and love the guy. Getting cars must take time, inspecting prospective cars, getting them in, sourcing parts and then selling – all time consuming and a hassle. I cannot get enough of the show and am repeat watching it now and don’t get sick of it. Edd’s departure is a MONUMENTAL LOSS.
The show is now at a point where Ant can carry it without the cringy, scripted antics of Mike. If Mike says he didn’t knew Edd wanted to leave, he should have paid more attention. Edd was always treated as the hired help, not as a valued partner. Ant is much more assertive, although Mike is still trying to play the boss. As a matter of fact, Mike is redundant, you could just as well redesign the show by letting viewers bring in cars instead of pretending to buy them.
The show is now at a point where Ant can carry it without the cringy, scripted antics of Mike. If Mike says he didn’t knew Edd wanted to leave, he should have paid more attention. Edd was always treated as the hired help, not as a valued partner. Ant is much more assertive, although Mike is still trying to play the boss. As a matter of fact, Mike is redundant, you could just as well redesign the show by letting viewers bring in cars instead of pretending to buy them.
I watched a few episodes of the new wheeler dealers and thought Ant did a bloody good job.
What I feel spoils the show is Mike Brewer.
Buying a car with him should be much shorter and do away with the ‘Jack the Lad’ attitude.
He’s a middle age overweight car dealer not a mechanic. It’s clear by the new programmes he is not fit for the heat in America.
We need more time focussed on Ant fixing and renovating the cars. We don’t need a mature mechanic from Mike
Last the test drive….what a waste of programme time. Once again we have Mike back in the driving seat of the cars that Any had fixed.
Mike Brewer acting and driving like a boy racer…..we don’t realky need this.
Let Ant drive a put porky Mike into the passenger seat.
I feel sorry for Ant as he is a good mechanic like Edd but Mike Brewer and the TV company have ruined the show.
Thank good ness that I can still watch the old wheeler dealers with Edd . Even though it has Mike in it but thankfully he is only the (go for it). and you don’t see a lot of him so that’s good.
Ant is excellent if you like children presenters!
If wheeler dealers is an American show then surely there is room for a British version. The British version to be in the old tried and tested format. Find a new front man and bring back Edd.
Mike is a grandstander you can see in the previouse episodes with edd that he always likes to take the stage, It`s all about mike ,he was portraying edd as the worker while he was the king pin of the show, Having been associated with the motor trade for 40 + years and can truthfully tell you that car dealers are the top of the pile lyers and mike brewer is no exception.I used to enjoy the show with edd as he was an extremely skillfull guy.Brewer is just another car dealer that you wouldn`t trust. he does not know what he is buying just another tyre kicker.And the part that gets me is when he takes a component round to another workshop to be repaired,instead of leaving it there for the guy to repair he wants to get involved in the repair,these workshops should give him marching orders and tell him to come back when the job is done.I for one wouldn`t bother watching the show again,With edd gone so is the magic of the show and i would put my money on the saying that brewer back doored edd if the truth be known.
I think you forgeting its a TV show at the end of the day. So when Mike wants to see how its done, it part of the program wanting to show some the repair services that are available along with good publicity for the companies involved. Being a TV program all will not what it seems and expect the costings are manipulated to show a small profit, I have seen it suggested elsewhere that many of the buyers at the end of the program are not real. Why Ed really left we will probably never know there appeared to be some tension in the last series they did but being a TV show how much of that was staged? I have watched most of the episodes for the first time while in lockdown and enjoyed them, most of the early episodes without much money to spend look like real bodge jobs, not a fan of the new ones with Ant who looks like he should be a personal trainer rather than a mechanic and the mostly American Cars don’t appeal to me.
Here in Australia we are still seeing Edd and Mike. I would watch the show as the concept is great but Mike spoils the whole show with all his bullshit and stupid antics. There is on doubt that Edd is the show and Mike just the very annoying sidekick.
My wife and I are planning on moving to Ireland, my ancestral homeland sometime in the next year. I am a muscle car enthusiast and trying to decide if it is worth shipping my cars to Ireland or selling them before we move.
The cars are concourse quality 1967, 68 & 69 Camaros. The 67 & 69 are both RS/SS. The 67 is a 327, 300hp. The 69 is a 396, 350hp and a convertible. The 68 is a SS 350. All the cars are extremely original matching numbers etc. etc.
I would like very much to discuss this with Mike Brewer, any suggestions or advice other contacts would be most appreciated. Thank you.
All the best,
Love of cars sucked hard mate, Ant would be better suited to childrens tv!
I actually like the new show. I have been a fan of Ant since he made an excellent series called “for the love of cars”.
I also like Mike Brewer, he is after all the dealer and Ant the wheeler.
But in saying that i also liked and admired Ed China, i would love to see see Ed’s pilot show turned into a full program. I for one would watch both programs.
Come on Ed get it together, you have a lot of fans out here waiting for more.
Lets all move on and make great telly
You could see from the last two British WDs that Mike wanted to be the star trying his hand at working on little bits on the car, not only that what about his sole show WDs trading up without Ed and now being in America permanently. So who stabbed who in the back ?
Pity Edd couldn’t team up with someone else and start a new show – sounds like there’s plenty of demand.
I will not watch the new series as I have no interest in American cars. Fine for those who like them. I have no time for those who abused Mike but for me the show is so much poorer for being exclusively set in the USA and Ant may be a good mechanic but he is not Edd. Please now move back to the UK and bring back Edd.
We will never know the real reasons that made Edd to leave, and, of course, only mad people could offend Mike and his family for this reason. But life goes on and Ant makes an excellent work, very fine mechanic and explains in an extraordinary way all thing he does.
I watched and enjoyed WD for years, but when Edd disappeared and Ant Antstead came in instead I was thoroughly surprised. It was very obvious to me that the new mechanic had a much more polished approach, he would just casually glanc over complicated fixes, while Edd would take extra time and effort to explain all the tiny details, ah well, in detail. Having watched most of the old episodes of WD, I can certainly see that the show has lost much of its charm even as it was nearing the 13th season and especially when it moved to the USA. Then one day I saw Mike on TV in full combat armor, going somewhere where there’s a war, following the British GIs and it was obvious – the man is a showman, a self-made star, who has to keep running his show(s) at any cost, so sorry Edd, but you don’t fit in the new format. I for one believe Edd’s reasons for leaving the show and feel very sorry for he will probably never reach such a wide audience as he has with WD. On the other hand, it’s probably best for him this way. He has his principles and I can respect that. It was good while it lasted.
If something i working well then WHY CHANGE IT? I think some people feel insecure when one person in their team is favoured by fans more than themselves. Just do your job well and let the fans choose.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
I stumbled across Wheeler Dealers back in early 2012 with the Jaguar XJS episode; I was immediately hooked due to the chemistry between Mike & Edd and the ‘everyday bloke’ vibe of the show. This was at a really difficult time in my life when I was seriously ill with a severe neurological illness that kept me confined in the house. Mike & Edd on Wheeler Dealers gave me a reason to keep faith with my life and made me enthusiastic about vintage cars again. I watched the show all day from hereon and always looked forward to their new series. I even ended up buying a 1989 Porsche 928 S4 and by watching Edd, used lots of his ideas/tips to fix problems on the car and bring it back to a decent level. One thing led to another, and I now have a lift in my garage and maintain the Porsche 928 myself. Wheeler Dealers was a life saver for me; no shit!
So, like many other fans of the show, I was gutted to learn Edd had left and the show would now become 100% Americanised in presentation, location and vibe. I have watched the new show and think like everything, it has pro’s and con’s. I don’t think it has the same ‘funky’ vibe as the UK show had but I think Ant is a good mechanic and some of the work is interesting to watch; it was always going to hard to step into Edd’s shoes. I think Mike is still the same as he was and has taken some unnecessary wrap in recent times. He always had the bigger ego; he’s a car dealer! I think it’s a shame Mike seems to have got the blame for WD’s problems.
The original WD was about a relationship between Mike and Edd. It was their contrasting personalities and approaches that made the show so great. Without one or the other it wouldn’t have been so successful or popular. Things changed due to an increase over the years of the show moving away from ‘everyday blokeness’ to more ‘lights, camera, action’; increased scripting and contrived nature of the show. The peak of which now seems to be the US made show. This unfortunately seems to be the case with so many things that become popular as big money then gets involved and egos grow which then often pushes people apart.
Personally, even though it’s a real shame the original WD is now dead, as fans we should just be grateful for the great shows they made over the years. They inspired me to buy a vintage Porsche and spend the last 5 years working on it and driving it. Who knows, maybe the US shows will do likewise for someone else who’s into the new series. I wanna say a personal thanks to Mike & Edd! Good Luck with your new projects.
So pleased you found a way and the strength to climb above your problems and put something from the tv to good use. So often I feel that the tv has a negative impact on people with violence and destruction.
AFTER SEEING ONE SHOW I CAN’T BELEAVE ANY ONE WOULD WATCH MORE THAN ONE SHOW THE SHOW SHOULD BEEN SEEN IN ENGLAND
Try. Spelling. And. Punctuation.
Ed said when they started they had only a few people working in production ,but now it’s grown to over 40 , there’s your problem go back to the start . You want to save money sometimes less is more
The new show cant be doing very good because they have a commercial every 15 minutes, I’m getting sick of them!
The big joke about wheeler dealers is the supposed profits they make, they never put any overheads for tools, equipment ,premises etc factor those in and the time involved and most of Mike Brewers supposed profits would be losses, I ve a garage and restoration business, it is hard earned cash!
Quite right? I had noticed that Edd’s extensive labour times were never factored into the final costs, and at normal mechanic labour rates it would have been huge! And I always wondered how Edd got paid – a salary or did he share in the profits? Though they were often so small that it wouldn’t be worth all the effort for Edd. He worked tirelessly on restoring the cars, often doing extra work and fitting new parts that could have been left undone. I think I would have gladly bought any car that he worked on. But Brewer just never appreciated any of that and it’s no wonder that Edd had enough of it. I have viewed his reasons for leaving on YouTube and Edd now has a new show and I wish him all the best with it.
I think that the show is miles better with Ant. I watched Edd’s Garage Revival, it was really tedious.
For all you that think WD belongs to UK and you don’t,t like it now because it is American, you,re entitled to your opinion, but don,t let hate get in the way of enjoying what is still a good show. I am not British, but would still watch if it went back to the UK. In fact, I discovered the show in 2013 while living in Spain. Before that, I was never really interested in European cars, it was enlightening to learn what Brits and others considered to be their classics and muscle cars. I,ve seen shows where they drive shny Jags and Ferraris around…boring. WD showed me what the regular person liked and what made the vehicles tick. I,m glad to see the show, at least, has kept the same non-dramatic format that has ruined shows like American Chopper. Too bad Edd had a midlife crisis, but Ant is carrying on smartly. We all live in the world now, not just our own country, but if you want “your UK” show back, you can have it. Those limey bastards should,nt be diddling with real classics anyway. (I didn’t mean the last sentence, just an exaggeration to make a point about prejudice).But seriously, you can have Clarkson back.
For all you that think WD belongs to UK and you don’t,t like it now because it is American, you,re entitled to your opinion, but don,t let hate get in the way of enjoying what is still a good show. I am not British, but would still watch if it went back to the UK. In fact, I discovered the show in 2013 while living in Spain. Before that, I was never really interested in European cars, it was enlightening to learn what Brits and others considered to be their classics and muscle cars. I,ve seen shows where they drive shny Jags and Ferraris around…boring. WD showed me what the regular person liked and what made the vehicles tick. I,m glad to see the show, at least, has kept the same non-dramatic format that has ruined shows like American Chopper. Too bad Edd had a midlife crisis, but Ant is carrying on smartly. We all live in the world now, not just our own country, but if you want “your UK” show back, you can have it. Those limey bastards should,nt be diddling with real classics anyway. (I didn’t mean the last sentence, just an exaggeration to make a point about prejudice).
If I’d been Mike and on the show for all these years with a brilliant spanner man like Edd I’d be a fair mechanic myself by now. Mike still seems to be clueless about the oily bits.
The more I view Wheeler Dealers the more detestable M.Brewer becomes. This sawn-off Del-Boy parades his ego by often taking much of the praise for conversions when Edd China should have had far more of the Kudos. His absolute skill in dealing with any problem was often buried in Brewer’s Blarney. The star of Wheeler Dealers the original versions was always Edd China whereas Brewer always put himself in the forefront -it should have been Edd & Me. Brewer’s Ego seemed to no bounds & criticism of China after that series finished just about summed him up!!
To me, the show was not only about renovation of cars.More, it pointed questions of value, of fidelity, of tradition and of excellency, Although the show is not the same without ” Young Eddie ” basic principles remained the same. That`s because I will continue to watch it and to enjoy new episodes that I learn a lot of from all above.
I enjoyed the new series I enjoy the show. But its a TV show and its changed. Be interesting to see what Ed China does next. If it all stopped people would just watch something else. Not a matter of life or death.
Why not cut out the workshop segments all together? They don’t seem to have any relevance to the concept. Especially NOT labour. Just watch the Morgan episode there Wanker Mike paid $13 grand and sold it for $21 grand. Original cost plus parts. The 150 hours of labour Eddie put in is, apparently, not significant enough to alter the asking price. I need an oil change on my Bugatti Veyron. If I pay for the oil and filter will China boy do it at his going rate ($0)?
Honestly i really don’t like the new format…afrer 13 years is really difficult to see WD without ED.. i don’t think to see again WD season 14… sorry to say this but it is not the same show, is something else… and this is exactly what happened to Top Gear… now is the worst show ever.
All I am going to say is that I gave the new format of WD with them using Ant aa the cosen gearhead and I find it not worth losing a minute of my life watching. Mike was only tollerable because I knew the show would swing to the shop and see Ed give some real shop talk and shared knowledge that only a true gearhead can understand. I gave the new show three viewings and after the first one I felt Vrlocity dropped the ball and am still questioning why I gave it two more viewings. To much hollywood for me now. Good luck Ed.
Personally for me . I lost interest when it became Trading up. . I used to really look forward to seeing how Ed China put his technical and mechanical skills into fixing cars that were well past their sell by date. Sorry Mike . I know your good at what you do, but for me Edd China was the main Star of the show..
The show is dead. You could feel it coming. To bad for
Mike. Edd was a great partner and your support would
have been nice Mike. But then the show is really all about you
Mike isn’t it…The show is dead………What a waste.
I’m a US viewer, and WD was one of my favorite shows when it was set in the UK. Unfortunately, the show lost its charm when it moved to the US, and then it lost its soul when Ed departed. While It seems like Mike was the ‘boss’ in the very early episodes, WD was at its best when Mike and Ed were working as partners on the various projects. In hindsight, the contrast between Mike (the somewhat crass and sometimes obnoxious wheeler dealer) and Ed (the smart and quirky mechanic who brought integrity and a real DIY feel to the show) was a key aspect of WD’s unique appeal. The new show feels staged and pretentious, with no chemistry between Mike and Ant, and I have absolutely no interest in watching current episodes….What a shame!
One of the main reasons I liked the show with Edd in it was the contrast in Mike ‘s and Edd’s personalities. In the new show Mike and Ant seem too similar with thei gung ho attitudes
I agree with a lot of the people on here WD was originally a UK show and should have stayed that way, it was ok having the odd Yank tank but moving the show to the US was a bad move .
I think Edd China has been very dignified throughout all furore since he decided to leave the show and I hope he goes on to make a success with a new motoring show .
As for the new WD it is not as good as the past shows that Ant guy comes across a bit of a know all, I can see him and Brewer falling out, you get the impression they both want to run the show and that will only end in tears. The show won’t last long you get that impression from the reviews it’s had.
When Jeremy Clarkson got sacked from Top Gear Richard Hammond and James May left with him even though the BBC asked them to stay on showing true loyalty and friendship. Mike Brewer could have easily said he’s not doing the show without Edd instead he backstabbed Edd and brought in a poor substitute instead! Show is now pretentious. Awful show 👎
As a long time fan of the show I am greatly disappointed to find Edd gone. I watched an episode with the new wrench today & it’s no where near as interesting or entertaining. The show is no longer a program I’ll be watching.
Nope the new guy is too “flash” or “showy” a know it all. it will never be the same but since the relationship was under some strain it was inevitable. But, if the programme is crap we won’t be watching. Car sos is good.
I haven’t seen Car SOS yet – I’ll have to look it up.
Nope I find ant annoying ,car sos it is then
it was a great show and i think both Ed and Mike played their different roles well. But when the public gets used to a combination the new boy will never be as good as the original. Look what happened with Top Gear. They had 13 good years – going through a messy divorce but as with many couples will probably find their friendship again and who knows maybe even a reunion show at some stage.
The last couple of shows seemed that Ed and Mike wasn’t on the same page.Some of the shows had Mike doing the work and the absent of Ed seemed that he wasn’t happy with the changes starting to take place. The show now doesn’t seem to have the same flow as it had with Ed. Compare the older shows on how Mike and Ed worked together I was hoping their friendship would last forever not so. Maybe Mike should have change the name of the show and kept a close format to the Wheeler Dealer RIP.
There did appear to be a bit of friction between them for sure – so really it is probably for the best that they went their separate ways.
How does anyone know his family have even been threatened I wouldn’t believe a word the guy said
Well I guess we have to take his word for it. There were a lot of angry people who didn’t receive the news very well, so I’d certainly believe him.
It’s probably fair to say W-D is Mike’s show and Edd the sideman, although they came across as equals. Remember that Edd wasn’t a part of Trading Up and Mike was really the one who did the wheeler-dealing. For his part, Edd added colour and expertise. Maybe Ant will do the same – he knows he has a tough act to follow. Break-ups often come with regret, misunderstanding and hurt feelings. Just as when a married couple separate and we try to remain friends with both of them, we should do the same with Mike and Edd. They’ll move on and do other things and we ought to wish them both well. Affixing blame and getting upset or angry with one or the other (or their loved ones) won’t help at all. Maybe one day they’ll reconcile and we’ll all be pleased for them. But let them be for now. Life goes on for them just as it does for us.
I am really sorry you’re long lasting partnership with Edd China seems to end on a bad note, together you seemed to be a great team, and I have had many good times watching the show. Remember this: Be really careful about what you say about each other in public, once it’s said, it cannot be unsaid!! Be grateful for the time you spent together, praise each other, and maybe, one day,,we’ll,,you never now. Just don’t burn all your bridges, I promise, you’ll be sorry, eventually. I wish you both the best of all, for the future.
Mike is taking this personally when I don’t believe for a second it was meant that way. I don’t believe Edd said what he did expecting fans to go sending death threats to Mike and his family. I do believe though that Mike was scared “his” precious show wouldn’t continue without Edd or if it did, be a success. In the latter respect he may be right, we will have to wait and see but it definitely isn’t the same whatever he says. I also doubt Edd will bother about his nasty, petty, unnecessary comments. Edd appears to have moved on. Mike should try doing the same because he’s not doing himself any favours with his constant whinging and mud slinging.
The new show is OK. Shame its based in the US, I understand why but It just makes it bland and predictable. Ant is more than OK but its clearly been Americanised and it no different than many other US shows only without the tattoos and fake arguing. I suspect that both Ed and Mike’s egos got in the way which is inevitable after 13 years and it had certainly become a bit repetitive. All things must end and 13 years is a good long run by any measure. The best shows are the middle ones in series 4 onwards. Hopefully Car SOS comes back soon and rectifies its own issue with little focus on the actual work which is what the Brits enjoy the most
Just watched new Wheeler Dealer , boy have they got it wrong . I have seen every previous episode that was made and recorded them to watch time and time again . The mechanical process is quickly skipped over no explanation of how the end result has been achieved .
When Edd China was doing the spannering he explained how and why he was doing things in
an understandable and methodical way .
I cannot understand why it’s been changed and why Edd has been replaced , I certainly won’t be watching the rest of the series such a shame .
Without wading through most of the previous posts – I’m a UK viewer and the new show aired on the 1st of January here really is poor. It’s appallingly bad to be honest.
And they ruined a very rare car. Well done. What idiot thought that one up.
Change can be very hard to accept and get used to, but we think Ant is doing a decent job. The third spoiler thing is also pretty controversial – whether it was part of the original design or not it still looks odd.
I guess they had to do something else to the car to fill the time. Maybe stick to buying cars that need some real work not that it matters to me. I won’t be watching anymore.
I think Mike Brewer is the only reason this show is a huge success. He is enthusiastic, really good at picking the right classic car and it is he who runs the show. The part when he seeks the right car, looks in ad´s, makes phone calls, test drives (always in a good mode), makes the deal and then try to convince Edd that it is going to be a good profit is the best in the show. Afterwards he always is the cheerful lad who says “You did it again…”, “Wonderful..” and so on
Edd China is interesting to watch but mostly reminds of a boring high school teacher who lectures day in and out. It´s better when Mike sums it up and sells the car. If the program only should be Edd repairing cars I would fall asleep after 5 minutes and all the programs should be the same (one pea of…).
I think it is easy to replace Edd, there are a lot of good mechanics, but cheerful and enthusiastic show-hosts with the love and know-how of classic cars is hard to find.
To be fair Edd has the part in the show to be the “boring, negative, realistic type” and Mike is the “happy, positive type” that thinks everything is going to work, like yin and yang.
I can´t understand why people think that Edd´s working cost should be in the calculation. The whole idea is to show that you can restore cars on your own and make a small profit on it, a lot like Property ladder with Sarah Beeny.
I think the real reason Edd choses to quit are that he wants to be in the UK. The program manager’s want´s to do more shows in one season and if Edd is going to do all mechanics it takes to much time. He already has some assistance and he would have to have more to be able to flip the cars around faster and therefore they don´t want to film this in detail. That’s ok by me, I want to see more about Mike dealing cars and being enthusiastic about old classic and forgotten car models.
If I want to see instruction videos with Edd I can see his new brake videos on YouTube. This is a lot like when the beard left Fast n Loud, it is still Richard searching for barn finds that is the interesting part. The restoration is fun, but I don´t need to see every detail.
My favorite episodes are the E-type and the Volvo PV.
/Mikael in Sweden
And some of us skip the bits of Mike.
‘Mikael’ in Sweden indeed.
Near the end I lost respect for brewers with his lord of the manor attitute.i started to wonder if he was actually the boss ..
The series was always a UK show
The American side is lost to me since I’m a fan of UK classic and learned a lot from edd
Hope edd comes back on tv with his own informative ways.
i can understand most of the emotions out there,mike is fair game on his comments but not his family,my background is similar to edd but main dealer high end vehicles,it baffles me when people like me and edd do all the hard work go to school college /university further training within the dealer start on next to no money work your way up still buying every tool known to man and yet the suits or ‘brewers’ take all the credit,not fair at all and that balance needs to be addressed on wd and in real life,its easy to see why people move on i have seen it many times,one thing i dont understand fully is why is it mikes baby? is it his idea / show, why not edds baby, he did all the work, edd is an interesting man with talent but after watching up to season 14 episode 6 i haven’t seen anything good, its American alright,naff !
I’ll miss Edd and don’t believe a word that comes out of Brewer’s mouth, sure he’s “honest” whilst the cameras are present but I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him! Ant, the new car seems ok, I’ll still watch because of the cars and the mechanical explanations, Brewer? No thanks.
On the series for the love of cars Mikes new man did not restore any of the vehicles personally they went to a restoration company.
Will he use the same company for his job with Mike. ?
Personally, I really liked it before & with not having DiscoverTV (come on you repeats) I will like it just as much, as Ant is a class act in his own right & one day he will be missed as well, but hopefully not for a very long time. Keep it going Mike.
To be honest, I enjoyed watching the show, but it NEVER made any sense. There was never enough profit made on a vehicle to make it worth the effort. I was impressed by Ed’s ingenuity and common sense ideas and efforts, and wondered why he’d stick with Mike, who wasn’t even covering costs on each of his semi-profitable ideas. Almost NONE of the cars purchased made any sense as an investment opportunity. Mike struck me as a shady used car dealer who lived off Ed’s back as a competent mechanic. I am NOT surprised at all the Ed left. I briefly met you both at SEMA a few years ago, and I think the popularity swamped your common sense. I’m sad to see Ed go. I like the show premise, BUT try to focus on projects that support the premise that you can make a living flipping interesting cars. You guys never made enough (from strictly the car flips) to live on….NOT realisttic And Ed did ALL THE WORK! Mike was only mildly annoying. I’d rather watch a show about Ed, then Mike….just saying….
You could tell in the last series something wasn’t quite right between Ed and Mike the magic seemed missing as was Ed from a lot of the series….
I personally think that Ed was home sick and not happy at working for so much of the year away from home and this much more than anything is his main reason for leaving.
so preconceptions about used car dealers are not wrong 🙂 maybe they are really suspicions and dishonest people who “sometimes” lies 🙂
Mike do not blame yourself with Eds exit all good things eventually come to an end..I am sure he is not bitter with you but like any business things do happen. I am ashamed that you are getting abuse off fans who are not aware of the full story. As with most changes people don’t like change but after a while it will be business as usual. Keep up the good work!
Very sad to hear about the abuse and upset caused by some people. I joined your show late in the series and thoroughly enjoyed every episode I watched. I also envied the people able to purchase some lovely cars after you had completed them. I look forward to the new show and you and your family have mine and many others support.
It’s just a good car program so why all the hate it’s not as if The Jam split up again get over it & stop the bullying grow up enjoy the new show I will
It’s showing on Velocity first because it’s a Velocity show now. Discover sold it to them and if you paid attention to Edd’s video, that was a main ingredient to the breakdown between him in and the show. Velocity wanted to make changes he didn’t agree with. This was more out of Mike’s hands than it looks. It’s no excuse for any bad behavior on his part though. He did have a right to be upset for awhile, but carrying it on is silly.
How Come its showing on Velocity 1st? This is where the money is coming from, when they began making shows and telling you the cost is dollars, the show was geared for the US, there would have been no show without Mike and Edd but I feel its now an American Focused show and I will give it a go,and lets see where we go from there
Wow, that’s a different side to the story! I believe the truth is, as always, somewhere in the middle! lol It’s really unfortunate that he’s gotten the hate that he’s gotten on Facebook as Mike seems a genuinely nice, albeit goofy, guy! I’m definitely going to give this new season a try, although I’m already asking myself, “What kind of a name is Ant?”
Short for ‘Anthony’, perhaps?
The 2 issues for me are the way in which Edd China left the show and the taking the show to the American market. This does not excuse the haters who are abusing Mike and his family – no one deserves that sort of abuse over a car show however it does leave a bitter taste in the mouth especially for the UK audience and followers. I’ve seen Mikes tweets comparing taking the show to a global audience and your favourite band going on tour – this doesn’t compare Mike – the show was always a British show from your Auto Trader days to present. If you want to do your favourite band global tour comparison does that mean the next series will be in Australia, the following in Japan, next again in India etc. Yes you are a breadwinner and have to make a living but in my opinion you sold out for the money and money alone. Good luck Mike and I hope you and Edd can reunite on amicable terms one day.
I do think it’s a shame to take Wheeler Dealers over the pond. The show in the UK was just right with Mike’s skill as a buyer/seller and Ed’s ability as a mechanic/engineer.
I do believe that the American show will make Mike very rich. Money always does win in the end.
I just believe that this is a shame for the UK.
I just wish there was no ill feeling between you both, for me Edd made the show.You have gone your separate ways be friends life is to short. I think the failing was taking it to the states.
I totally agree that for me wheeler dealers was a British show. I absolutely love the show and have watched every episode multiple times, I’ve followed mike and edd long before wheeler dealers with auto trader. I think they made a fantastic partnership. But you could see in the last series edd clearly wasn’t happy, the series looked staged and it was no surprise to me that edd left. I total agree with mikes decision to continue wheeler dealers and why wouldn’t you just because edd didn’t want to continue then there’s no reason for Mike not to. I think that people should never judge some one for carrying on with something on there own. To treat someone in the street the way mike has, is not acceptable and down right childish if you ask me. The man deserves to make a living like all of us.
I have watched the first episode of the new series with ant and I thought the episode was excellent. Ant did a fantastic job and him and Mike worked well together. In fact it felt more like the original uk series than the last few USA series ever did. Good on you Mike , continue to make this show. Tv for me would not be the same without wheeler dealers. Good luck with the new series, if the first episode is anything to go by it will be fantastic.
Wow! Mike has really messed up this time! I’ve seen comments on YouTube videos about the split and Mike’s version has changed more times than he has changed his socks! If anyone actually believes what Mike has said previously (and in this article) at face value, then I do feel sorry for you! To be a good liar Mike, you need to have a good memory. Maybe if you try and remember some of the things you have been telling people, which turned out to be completely untrue, you might find it a lot easier to move on. Until then, you won’t regain the respect you are desperately searching for. It’s very clear to see that Edd was pushed from the show rather than leave of his own accord. The sooner you stop deleting nasty tweets and comments, the sooner this whole mess will clear up, but if you carry on making false claims, what do you really expect?
And if Mike is lying, is he lying about the extent of the “abuse” that he has been getting. BTW, 3 years down the line even in a lock-down, I would not watch 1 minute of the new show.
we all know that mike is only in for the money, Ant Anstead was rubbish on his previous shows, and having seen clips of new wheeler dealers I am in no doubt that the show is worse without Edd China.
I’d ask both Mike and Edd to do what the rest of us have to do in our daily lives and work at their relationship. If they really care about the viewer, they’ll put their personal feelings aside, stick together and bring us more of what we love.
And when has Mike bad mouthed Edd? By saying Edd never told him he was leaving the show? To be honest I think that’s poor on Edd’s part and quite disrespectful. I would have thought the first person you would tell is the colleague you’ve worked so closely with over the years. As for egos, I think that’s rubbish too. What I saw were two people who had grown into the role but who were also being directed by the TV company and to be honest who can blame them? I find it bizzarre how people feel it’s ok to abuse Mike and his family over a TV Show and over something that wasn’t in his control. If people don’t like Mike or the show, turn over. Get a life for goodness sake. I respect both Mike and Edd and it was this very show that got me into restoring cars and actually ‘turning a profit’!
I’m guessing you didn’t watch the video Mike refers to, or the deleted tweets and comments from Mike? You really shouldn’t make assumptions without making sure you turn up here with some facts. Compare all the above to Edd’s social media and YouTube comments, and it’s pretty clear to see who is consistent with the truth!
Well said Jason.
since the news broke of the split. I have watched both parties through social media and you tube, and I must say that Edd is the only one who comes out of this with any credit. Mike as seemingly at any opportunity ad digs at Edd.meanwhile Edd maintains his dignity. I agree the timing of this suggests that it’s all about promoting the new series? it was evident in the last series that tensions were growing between the pair, I for one will not be watching it when it arrives over here as it as sold it’s soul to the USA.
It was a UK based show and should have remained a UK show ,finding and restoring vehicles found in and around the British Isles and Europe , .we have enough car restoration programmes from America . WHeeler Dealers is uniquely British or was , now it’s like so many others from others from the US . ED was and is a fantastic mechanic ,with a make do and mend attitude ,which struck a cord with the guys in the garage,trying to restore their cars on a budget ,that now appears to have been lost . That said although I can see his point over leaving ,it should not have led to Mike his family and friends receiving abuse. That is so wrong ,but I think now WD will suffer the same fate as Top Gear , might have the old name ,but no where near as good . If Ed ,pulls a show together based on repairing Brit Classics in a small back st garage on a budget ,he will soon have his UK following back .The new WW is ok ,but it just hasn’t got the common individual hands dirty feel any more . A sad mistake to take it over the pond in so many ways .
What Mike frequently leaves out of all his statements nd social media posts. Is that Edd has never publicly said or posted anything negative about Mike. Edd has been open and honest and a true gentleman throughout. He even posted a video on his YouTube channel asking people not to abuse or threathen Mike or his family. Edd just wants to get on with his life (hardly acting like a supposed superstar)
Mike has continued to bad mouth Edd at every opportunity he gets.
I’m extremely disappointed n Mike’s behaviour. He should take a leaf out of Edd’s book, and show some dignity.
Very true 👍
Here here. Mike has taken every opportunity to bag Edd, yet i have not seen or heard one bad word from Edd about Mike. I can see who the Prima Donna is on the show and it wasn’t Edd. I have just watched the first show with Ant and it is crap. I wont be watching anymore Wheeler Dealers as Edd was the reason i watched the show. Good bye and good luck.
Eddy was the best and for long was put on by the waste of space Mike who acted like a child most of the time
Am sure both have regrets.
Show not what it was, fixing up and saving old cars.
But its still good, thought there was enough American resto shows tho.
Ant will be great, Edd will have some kind of show that suits his excellent skills.
And theres always Fuzz Townshend and Car SOS for Brit resto.
I’ve lost a heap of respect for mike over this latest video which seems aimed more at stoking the fires just to promote the ‘convenient timing’ of the new series of wheeler dealers which just happens to be airing now!
Personally, I think mike’s killed the whole premise of the show now – how can it be about 2 mates doing up cars to sell on and split the profits when he’s now also seemingly coming across like he’s the boss who gets his current ‘sidekick’ to do all the dirty work…… if it’s going to be like that then labour charges have to be included in the builds and craftsmen like Ant Anstead or Ed China don’t come cheap!
It’s Mike’s show. The mechanic is his sidekick.
If they include the labor in this show about fixing up your own car to resell at a profit, maybe they should include the TV production costs, too. Maybe the electricity bill?
Brewer is the reason car dealers -some – are held in such disregard l. He’s a lier, tries to manipulate, exagerate, and has a lack of humility, no customer service skills and scene stealer. Ed is always gonna be impossible to replace. Ed and Ant would do a better job presenting the show between themThere’s car shows that appeal to most people, Car SOS, Drew Pritchard show, which Brewer should watch his buying/bidding skills chasing classic cars, for American car lovers. End of the day you can turn that off switch, it’s not THAT important, although Brewer can always blame Covid 19 on Ed
The contempt this programme has for its viewers is clear by the fact they are showing it in the USA but the UK has to wait 5 months!
The programme makers and probably Mike as well are driven by one thing – the money available in the states.
My opinion is that Edd stood by his principles, something Mike should have done. Others may have a differing opinion which is fine and is their right, but this is what I believe from the obvious tensions that have built up within the show.
You do know the show is a for profit venture don’t you? Since when is finding more profitable venues a sin? To listen to you one would think Wheeler Dealers was a charitable enterprise.
I don’t understand how you and so many other people think they know what was going on behind the scenes. You have no idea!
Viewers will vote with their feet, and it is my opinion that they went to America on a large upgrade to themselves but the programme has lost a lot of the English spirit that launched it. I cannot connect with the American cars, hyper businesses et al now portrayed as part of the programme. It probably appeals to Americans now so maybe it will just fade away from the UK if many others think like me.
Interesting how US viewers didn’t have the same issue connecting to the cars or the hosts, my understanding is that the show is more popular in the US than in the UK. Plus, it’s a show my wife enjoys as well, which gives us something in common that we can sit for an hour and enjoy.
Personally, it doesn’t matter to me where they are or what they’re fixing up, it’s a great show with two great hosts. But, I do especially enjoy it when they get their hands on an old muscle car. But whether they’re fixing up a Mustang or an Opel, it doesn’t really matter, it’s just a fun show to watch and I hope it sticks around for many years to come.
AT the end of the day it’s a job, and it pays the bills
LIFE GOES ON……
What a load of old Codswallop Mike, it was clear for all to see that peoples respect for Edds ability made you feel inferior which in a technical sense you are. There was obviously tension and incidents that were never mentioned, which is why the friendly banter between you guys got so bitter toward the end, it is also strange that Edd didn’t appear in certain episodes until late in the day and when he did there was a bad atmosphere on camera thinking here of the chevy pick up in the states. I guess every show runs its course its a massive shame that both of your ego’s got in the way.
Says the man on the outside looking in. Must be nice to be so absolutely certain of events which you know nothing about. Codswallop indeed.
You are so wrong… Ian is right, series 13 was cringworthy to watch as there was anamosity between them from the start…. but maybe you haven;t watched the programmes at all !
There was definitely some tension between them…..!
Shows a joke now. That Ant Anstead is one of the worst presenters in any genre I have ever seen!
Sadly I agree with Ian, it was obvious that there was tension between Mike and Edd in their last series. For me, the pleasure in the programme was predominately watching Edd’s skill in the workshop, not Mikes lack of bartering skills in selling the cars. But by then my interest was waning with the set being in the States and with American lumps.
When in the UK we saw cars that we knew and could appreciate the problems more, not staring at some massive Dodge V8 block that was alien to us, but that’s just my opinion.
Let,s face it. Edd,s demise began with his treatment of the AMC Pacer. Ugly made uglier for way too much money.
Think ed got to big for his boots.And for all those cretins threatening mike and his family GET A LIFE
Mike Brewer is a fucking idiot–rude and fucking ignorant–everything that happens to his personal life looks good on him..what a fucking jerk
This sort of verbal vitriol has no place on this website. You should be ashamed of yourself.
This story leaves out the incident where Mike “requested” Ed to remove a transmission Ed felt wasNOT AT FAULT. It seems that egos have gotten in the way of a very seemingly genuine working friendship!
i want edd back he was the best
I can’t believe the abuse some “fans” have been giving out,I’m sure Mike can take it but against his family is just plain wrong
I’ve been a fan of the show from series one.I worked security on the airfield where filming took place and it was interesting seeing how things were edited together-though quickly started to enjoy the actual point of the show !
Havnt seen new series yet(my only real complaint as shown later in uk)so keeping an open mind and hoping the mechanical bits stay,not just bolting on shiny new bits on expensive motors
Fingers crossed and good luck
So sorry to hear the torment that has aimed at you. You and Ed were a rare and wonderful combination of talent and meshing personalities. I sorely miss Ed and his informative presentation of procedure. I am happy to hear that the new format was accepted by your audience. I will continue to watch but it will never be the same for me. Best of luck!
I have seen many episodes any both mechanics were top notch, I am a painter with as much money as a poor man. When I got my ford I got it as I thought it would explod. It has a Dana front dif the 8.8 dif with independent discs. I got the car with 200.000 miles (Arizona) original paint no rust ever. At 62 I likely won’t be able to buy another . As a Chevy would be my choice. I have never even installed a unjoint. It has been a very reliable unit and with a few repairs it would be new. I will never be able to buy anything else as now the motor is new . My first new motor ever. If this car would be made new for me I will drive the car with your name forever and I would be forever in your debt. I know it’s newer but it’s the last of the years with chrome bumpers and a mustang v8 factory headers and 373 gears in an awd . This is a tough truck and I would owe you. I am in Winnipeg and wou love to let the folks know on this side of the pond . Please consider this.