Scotty Kilmer, mechanic or shill?

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7 years 4 months ago #20157 by pcmdjason
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I watch his videos from time to time but I wonder if he's really doing them because he likes making videos or because he's taking money to sell a product?

He likes to do a lot of local news stuff and he seems to have mostly one sentence fix-its for any kind of question.
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7 years 4 months ago #20158 by yarddog1950
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Scotty Kilmer is the real deal. There are "How To" videos all over YouTube. Scotty's are among the best. I believe Eric has raised the bar. Maybe you're familiar with the "How To" shows on TV. The ganddaddy of them was "This Old House" with Bob Villa and Norm Abrams. The sponsors paid for tools and materials in hopes viewers would buy them, and Abrams especially was accused of shilling, but beginners and veterans alike learned from those shows. There are "How To" shows for auto and motorcycle enthusiasts that provide only the same information that came in the instructions with some aftermarket part.
The point is you have ask if Scotty Kilmer or Eric provide valuable info.
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7 years 4 months ago #20159 by dreamer2355
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The last video i watched of his was enough to make me unsubscribe. It was the video of the A/C fix. I just didn't like how he was commenting on how he doesn't like computer controlled vehicles and such.

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7 years 4 months ago #20160 by yarddog1950
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Dreamer, How about posting a link to that video. I know a few troglodytes who long for cars of the early 1960s, before ECUs and unleaded gasoline and CAFE standards. Nowadays I remain interested in engines and cars because the goal is an efficient design that balances performance and economy.
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7 years 4 months ago #20165 by Beefy
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The last time I watched a Scotty video, he was doing a strut replacement. He was using the same set of clamps I have seen Eric use, which are DANGEROUS. He never mentioned that you might literally lose your head if you aren't paying attention or know what you are doing. In Eric's version, he pointed out the fact that these are dangerous tools, and what to watch out for. I pointed this out to Scotty, and he told me I had no idea what I was talking about, and essentially called me a moron. That dude is a snake-oil salesman at best. I do want to add that the guy definitely knows his stuff, and I respect him for what he does, but I have seen too many comments like, 'Scotty, you made this clutch replacement look like a 2 hour job. Now, I have to get my car towed to a shop, and pay extra for the work', etc. I just wish he was more interested in actually teaching all the knowledge I know he has, instead of making 3 cents off of a sponsor for a fix-all fluid of some sort.

Signs point to 'maybe'
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7 years 4 months ago #20164 by dreamer2355
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The best video's for repairs hands down are ETCG's videos. I enjoy watching his YouTube video's more than car shows on T.V. I have said that many times.

Another good channel is ScannerDanner.

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7 years 4 months ago #20163 by pcmdjason
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There were one or two videos that just made me think, I don't recall what they were about but it was something along the lines of just pour a bottle of Bob's Mechanic in a can and you'll be as good as new.

It seemed like he glossed over the problem.

Also one video about transmissions he said something along the lines of just buy universal ATF and use that. When we know a lot of cars are picky. Chyslers and Hondas come to mind. Maybe Mitsubishis since they just say use DiaQueen/Diamond SPIII.

I don't doubt he's a good mechanic but just some kind of vibe I get from him that's a little off-putting.

Duane at RealFixesRealFast, Briansmobile1, and Eric for some reason all feel like people that you could just talk to in real life.
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7 years 4 months ago #20162 by EricTheCarGuy
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I wouldn't get too down on Scotty as it takes a lot of work to produce videos like his especially if you are actually trying to repair something in addition to making the video, I think it would be safe to say that if you shoot video and do a repair it will take at least 3x as long. That said given the amount of time to produce that kind of content you need to make a living somehow and sponsorship really is the best way because the viewer doesnt' have to pay for the video, the sponsor does. In fact as time goes on I hope to do more sponsored work but hopefully not at the expense of the content. I'll do my best to stay 'honest' but we have to make a living somehow and for me I want to keep making my videos and sponsorship is one good way to accomplish this.

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7 years 4 months ago #20161 by Tonisher
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I personally like his video's, I've even learned a thing or two. I think the information is real general not car specific. But face it most of us have had to teach are self the fundamentals of the automotive world. Video like Eric's, Scotty's, and real fixes real fast help people understand the fundamentals of working on a vehicle.
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7 years 4 months ago #20166 by Petej
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I've seen Scotty's videos... There is some useful info, but I find Eric's to be much more informative! Everybody takes on a sponsor at some point, lets just keep the content up too snuff.

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