The pilot for Monster Garage was lame too. I kinda hate the sob-story they keep playing about Detroit being so shitty, but I guess reality hurts.
Anyways, I watched it. Was a bit better than the manufactured arguments on American Chopper and the "I'm a badass, fuck off" attitude of Jesse James. The tool set they got was a bit more complete than the Snap-on set they'd give away on Monster Garage, as it included a welder and a chop-saw instead of just a $3k top box and a screwdriver set.
I'll give it a couple more episodes to step it up in the creativity department, but from what I've heard, it will do just that.