Wheelman could have been an awesome action game. But there are too many problems that hold it back. Making a game frustrating does not ever equal fun. Having AI that rubber bands like no tomorrow does not equal fun. Getting t-boned out of nowhere by cars that will always be faster than you does not equal fun. For every moment in Wheelman that 411mania enjoyed there was another moment sometimes more that absolutely infuriated them.
At no point should an armored van outrun a Lamborghini. With that said there are things to enjoy in Wheelman, such as driving around destroying everything the game will let you. Wheelman will probably be a decent rental, and maybe a solid pick-up during Best Buy's awesome $10 clearance sales, but it's not worth a full retail purchase. Back to obscurity with you Mr. Diesel.