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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:13 pm    Post subject: PETER GIDDEN, the “SPECIALIST”. :( Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Deleted. This was typed in sheer anger and total frustration and I believe I was too personal because of this.

I apologize to Peter for making things personal as this was not necessary or fair.

I’ve been so consumed with emotion over what I believe to be a truly substandard job in many areas of the work done by Peter Gidden, the lies, half truths, shocking aftersales attitude and never ending stream of excuses I’ve had to listen to for weeks on end that instead of actually taking a step back, remaining calm and listening to people’s very generous advice on here, I’ve let things get personal. Obviously I shouldn’t have done this and I apologize to Peter for any personal attack’s and to anyone else that has tried to help me.

I’ve made this whole thing a mess on here and so I’ll be sticking to the one thread in the trader feedback section.

I’ll be posting up more pics and hopefully a full report and be leaving it at that for people to make up their own minds.

As far as I’m concerned I’m going to take the hit after not listening to others telling me to stay well clear of this trader, hindsight has 20/20 vision and all that.

The entire matter is over for me, as far as I’m concerned I’ve been totally had, ripped off, lied to and conned from the beginning, and Peters claimed version of events are sadly the same style of defense others that claim to have been had by this guy.

Any personal attack’s on Peter I sincerely apologize for as despite how angry and frustrated I was it was wrong of me to do so.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:32 pm    Post subject: J Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

No idea why but for some reason the images I posted here have been removed and/or deleted which kind of leaves this post redundant now.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Now here’s an interesting little number.

This ECU came with the rear clip I sourced and to all intents and purposes it looks identical to a standard 3S-GTE ECU with the exception of it having an electrical ribbon coming out of the casing and if I remember correctly the ribbon goes to what appears to be some sort of piggy back ECU.

Now I expressed concern to Peter Gidden that we have no idea what this has been set up for. Is it set up for my spec of Berk downpipe and exhaust, Apexi air filter and will be fine with the Blitz dual solenoid boost controller that Peter Gidden now claims is broken?

Too risky I reckon anyway and suggest we get a standard 3S-GTE ECU so we know where we are so to speak. So obviously I ask if Peter knows where we might get a standard rev3 tubby ECU.


Peters reply? “I’ll just nick one from a customers car and swap them over”, I really really should have walked at that point but my car is in bits in his unit.

I wonder what else he has nicked, swapped or borrowed from paying customers cars in the past then? You really have to don’t you?

And quite the window into this individuals soul.


A couple of pics of the original ECU that came with the rear clip.




















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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

So now you have exhausted the OC and 2 Brutal someone in there wisdom has allowed you back on IMOC wtf ??????? Maybe a child of 5 could help !
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

So you just had a a turbo conversion done, poly bushed and disc replaced is that it?

Short shift knackering synchros? I best take mine of that's been fitted for 10yrs on my daily drive then. [Laughing] [Laughing] [Laughing] [Laughing] :lol

Now, i aint an MR2 specialist but i have done a turbo conversion in just over a day, 1 day for poly bushes all around and discs, well that's just a 2-3hrs for all 4.

Bleeding an MR2 is not as difficult as they make out, pretty straight forward in fact.

But for a so called 'Specialist' to even quote 2 weeks to do this work is well, pretty crap to say the least let alone how long it actually took him and even then he couldn't do it correctly by the looks of it [Laughing] [Laughing] [Laughing]

Next time you need an MR2 specialist give me a shout and will point you in the right direction. He's in Birmingham but you can guarantee his time scales, no hidden extra prices, the price he gives you is the price you pay and his workmanship is 2nd to none.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Not read all of this but read it over on MR2OC and can definitely relate to some of your issues, and many more, having had my own experience of Peter Gidden.

The amount of bad press on him is profound, and I will be the first to admit that it would almost seem unbelievable the amount of people that have trouble with him if you didn’t personally have experience with him, but Peter honestly does nothing to help himself.
He lies constantly. His work is poor. Time is non-existent. He is honestly the most pompous, obstinate wet blanket of a man that I've ever had the displeasure of meeting. I mean, his first reply to you and he was taking the p1$$ out of what vehicle you used to drop your car off for you the PAY him for working on it... WTF?!
I wouldn’t have thought it would matter if you drop it off in a full-blown, balls out, motorsport lorry with comprehensive Snap-On tool kit and living quarters, or an "old beat up van"?! Your money is as good as anyone else’s. But hey, at least your “old beat up van” made it further than the MR2 he did a conversion on! [Laughing]

I just can't believe how easy it is to have work done with other engine builders / tuners, and can't believe how long drawn-out and extremely difficult it is to deal with Peter Gidden of sBits.

Peter Gidden needs to re-evaluate his business model and the way he operates.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Edit: I'm moving this post as irrelevant to the current thread.

Andy.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Buster wrote:
That should be fun as we keep finding more and more mind blowing fuckups, is rather give my pride and joy back to Stephen Hawkins to put right than that little lying thieving scroat.



Hey hey hey! Wtf did Stephen Hawkins ever do to anyone?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Having seen peters reply to the op’s post on oc forum and being one of
The people Peter said he would give the real story about via PM.

I have some very simple questions to ask you Peter I’ll even make them so
You can answer yes or no.

1. Are you/do you have proper qualifications as a motor mechanic?
2. Should any steering rack ever need to be bedded in to create enough
Free play to operate as any other vehicle on the road?
3.is completely forgetting to refit a subframe bolt a serious mistake?
4. Is charging a customer labour,parts,VAT on parts that where never
Fitted,either ethical good practice and legal?

Very simple Peter no need for any explanations just yes and no.
If you are not in any way wrong you will have no problem answering
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

benjo wrote:
Having seen peters reply to the op’s post on oc forum and being one of
The people Peter said he would give the real story about via PM.

I have some very simple questions to ask you Peter I’ll even make them so
You can answer yes or no.

1. Are you/do you have proper qualifications as a motor mechanic?
2. Should any steering rack ever need to be bedded in to create enough
Free play to operate as any other vehicle on the road?
3.is completely forgetting to refit a subframe bolt a serious mistake?
4. Is charging a customer labour,parts,VAT on parts that where never
Fitted,either ethical good practice and legal?

Very simple Peter no need for any explanations just yes and no.
If you are not in any way wrong you will have no problem answering


Fair questions indeed. Especially the one simple but obviously extremely important one, are you a time served mechanic with papers? If so I’m sure we would all love to know where tou served your time and who with?

Regarding subframes, do you think it’s acceptable and fair practice to return a car to a paying customer with a subframe bolt packed out with washers and indeed perfectly safe?

Do you really, truly think it is ok to leave a small wiring harness of bare wires some of which have the actual wiring burst out like Spaghetti wrapped round parts of a customers engine and lying on top of a roasting hot rocker cover with the sleeve covering the wires to the oxygen/lambda sensor exposed and fed through a drilled hole with sharp/rough edges to chaff away until they too are exposed and short out or perhaps cause a fire?

Do you also think it s fair to claim to have changed a customers fuel filter when the most basic of inspections demonstrate it hasn’t been changed for months and months at least?

Do you think it is fair to steal an ECU “from another customers car” of the customer of the car you’re supposed to be solely working on has doubts about the EXU that came with the replacement rev3 turbo rear clip?

Is it acceptable to not even bother checking to see if spark plugs are tight before handing a customer their car back for that customer to find two finger right and the other two able to be unscrewed by hand with a plug socket on an extension bar?

And what about refilling the coolant in the converted rev 3 turbo engine with old coolant when that customer told you and showed you the brand new bottle of coolant in the boot he told you to use?

What’s tour views on telling customers that their car will be getting a full professional valet, wax and polish at your own expense and then when the customer turns up to collect the car it’s an absolute mess inside and out, oil marks everywhere, filthy alloys, a drill bit left in the seat along with an old oily screwdriver and then when questioned to simply lie through your teeth that you never said a thing about getting it properly valeted, waxed and polished?

Or what about charging a customer an hours labor to drive their car to get an mot when they are spending over £3000 with you? Mind you, you did do me the huge favor of only charging me an hour when I’m fact you claim it takes and hour and a half. What a true heart of gold you have Peter.

And lying non stop about the condition of the engine when running after being asked countless times does it smoke on the overrun, under load, at idle etc?

Or how about handing back a car with an Omori boost gauge where the original N/A voltmeter was that is so off centre Helen Keller could have done a rosier job?

Or what about the breakdancing speedometer you fitted? Is that nothing for a customer to worry or complain about either then?

Or how about calling a custom2 days after you have their car to tell them you had left that customers keys in your car overnight outside tour house and they had been stolen. But then asking calm as you like, with not even a hint of an apology or any embarrassment if they could just send the spare set down and then inferring it could all be I forgotten about and no harm done let’s just move on. Then when being told by the customer he didn’t feel safe that somebody else had his car keys and alarm fob and you thought it more than fair to have an entirely new lock kit fitted with a replacement spare alarm fob and both original and new fob reprogrammed you hit them with a stinking attitude. Tell them they are overreacting and your stopping the conversation there and then and hang up! By the way Peter Gidden, I’m in touch via email with the cops down there to get a crime reference number as you stated the cops had been out to investigate, take prints etc but had no luck. I’m sure they find that crime reference number as I have given them the dates, both your home and business address and both tour contact numbers. So watch this space eh?

Well myself and others could go on and on asking you basic questions about your appalling workmanship but tour track record shows that when caught out as you often are when a customer that knows a bit about modifying and performance cars you blame everyone else. Or the customer themselves. Or blatantly deny it. Or do your usual, lie through your teeth. And then stick you fingers in your ears whilst singing LAH LAH LAH LAH.

The impression I’m getting from everyone you have shafted is that we have all had enough and you need to stop claiming to be able to do work on any MR2 to a reasonable standard and stop trading now before your approach, delusion and bodge ups kill someone.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

There's some clear contradictions from what I'm seeing on other threads on other forums.... Clear, unequivocal feedback is one thing, but when it's been explained (very differently) elsewhere is another.

I suggest you take this up with Pete directly. If you had asked for fresh coolant, it would be on your invoice. Is it? I'm sure this is a very complex case but there's some blunders here too.

I had my MOT done there too. Sure, I paid an hour to get it there and back. Why wouldn't I? Did I take it? No. That's an hour he could charge too. And btw, I spent a lot more than you.

Now I'm not here as Pete's defence lawyer, but feedback should be fair and accurate.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

This guy is like a broken record.
Banging on about the same thing over and over again.

Yes Peter done a crap job.

Everyone has told you what you need to do. You have decided against it (for your own decisions which is fair enough).

So go stamp your feet in the corner. Is it only me who is getting bored of this?
For god sake, everyone warned you about Peter and yet you still took the decision to go there and now banging on about how crap he was?!?!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Buster wrote:

The impression I’m getting from everyone you have shafted is that we have all had enough and you need to stop claiming to be able to do work on any MR2 to a reasonable standard and stop trading now before your approach, delusion and bodge ups kill someone.

This is not just going to go away this time Peter Gidden of Sbits, not by a long shot.


It probably is though isn't it. If you want to take a trader to court over this sort of thing, there is an order of events that needs to be followed. As you know, the first step in that order of events is to allow the trader the opportunity the chance to fix it. You haven't given them that opportunity.

What do you think is going to happen next?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Did i just read an MR2 Specialist / Mechanic doesn't even have a ramp???? [Laughing] [Laughing] [Laughing] [Laughing] And he does this for a living [Laughing] [Laughing] [Laughing]

I have never been in a garage that doesn't have one of these. That would be a red card to me straight away.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Much like everyone else that had the job messed up by Peter they took the decision after finding more and more messes to just not take the car back to him for fear of more damage being done to this car.

I’ve taken legal and consumer advise and because I a m still due him some cash, (my genuine mistake entirely), the overwhelming evidence from other s about how awful he is regarding working on cars and his constant lies then I am advised to cut my losses and get somebody else to fix the car.

Not have the proverbial to stand on.......? Do you really think he has?

Also. As far as I can tell all the people shouting about how I have to take my car back to him from a legal standpoint don’t seem to have been at the receiving end of his workmanship or had their car ruined by him. But the ones that have seem to chose the same route as me, don’t let him touch it and and take the hit and get somebody else to fix his mess.

Simple.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Buster wrote:

Also. As far as I can tell all the people shouting about how I have to take my car back to him from a legal standpoint don’t seem to have been at the receiving end of his workmanship or had their car ruined by him. But the ones that have seem to chose the same route as me, don’t let him touch it and and take the hit and get somebody else to fix his mess.


No one is shouting.

You stated that "This is not just going to go away this time Peter Gidden of Sbits, not by a long shot." - my question was simple - what exactly are you going to do seeing as you've made things very difficult for yourself to have any real legal recourse?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Gazza_DJ wrote:
Buster wrote:

Also. As far as I can tell all the people shouting about how I have to take my car back to him from a legal standpoint don’t seem to have been at the receiving end of his workmanship or had their car ruined by him. But the ones that have seem to chose the same route as me, don’t let him touch it and and take the hit and get somebody else to fix his mess.


No one is shouting.

You stated that "This is not just going to go away this time Peter Gidden of Sbits, not by a long shot." - my question was simple - what exactly are you going to do seeing as you've made things very difficult for yourself to have any real legal recourse?


Time will tell I suppose. But like everyone else he has done this to and after we keep uncovering more very poor workmanship and the lies he tells I am not taking my car back to this man for him to fix all the issues his work has caused. I’m like the others, I’d rather cut my losses and have somebody that actually knows what they are doing put right the mounting problems.

Please also bear in mind that despite what Peter claims now what he said to me when I first called him after the car broke down 60 miles later after collecting it. He instantly blamed the clutch problem on the original master cylinder, aggressively denied that the car could be overheating so claiming I’m lying about that then. His response was that if I could pump the pedal and get the clutch working I’d be fine just leaving it in 5th and making it home to Scotland then said keep in touch and hung up.

Now come on, seeing as how the car has gone from bad to worse, many many people have been had by this claimed “specialist” with terrible and sometimes downright dangerous workmanship and the never ending lies, would you honestly, really be feeling confident in any way at all about that guy touching your pride and joy again?

And also the ridiculous timescale accompanied by lies and excuses to do a job which he promised to have done in two weeks that in reality could be done in a week if it was the only car being worked on as claimed. Then on top of the obvious and pretty much certainty the car would be with him for week after week again and no doubt none of it would have been his fault as it never is......that’s why I have no intention of untrusting the guy with my pride and joy again.


The car will have a full report done and then it will be put right as best it can by somebody that really is a “specialist” and has a proven track record. Incidentally the guy agrees with everyone else’s complaints and issues with Peter Gidden and is consistently having to sort out and rectify/put right and correct Peters work.

Again, I hear what you’re saying about legally giving the guy the opportunity to fix all these problems but it is just not worth the risk of him touching the car at all in mine and many others opinions.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

And Peter gets away with it again then. Bet hes laughing his head off.


So you havent really accomplished anything.

Ok, so you have ranted on for many pages on many sites, but then so did other people and yet you still went with him?
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