Jeremy Clarkson - Chrysler 300C Touring CRD

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  1. TriShield

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    Looks like a Bentley, drives like a duvet

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    By Jeremy Clarkson
    October 01, 2006

    Ever since man discovered he had a penchant for war, there has been rivalry between the services. This is all to do with pride and tribalism and, generally speaking, it’s a good thing.

    However, when a leaked e-mail from an army officer describes the RAF as “utterly, utterly useless”, you get the distinct impression that this is far beyond good-natured teasing.

    You have visions of him lying in a ditch desperately calling for air support and hearing nothing over the radio but the sound of a Harrier’s starter motor whirring uselessly.

    The problem, of course, has nothing to do with the people who fly or service the planes. And everything to do with those grinning buffoons in Westminster who’ve spent the past five years unable to see what’s going on due to the fact they’re all deep inside George Bush’s bottom.

    You read about billions being shaved from the budget and squadrons being merged to cut costs and, frankly, it doesn’t mean anything at all. Not when you’ve just been startled out of your skin by a Tornado that has flown between your chimney pots at 4m knots.

    However, I’ve done a bit of checking and it seems the RAF can field five strike attack squadrons that must share 60 Tornados. Then there are the offensive squadrons, which have 26 Harriers and some Jaguars, which may as well be Sopwith Camels. And that’s it.

    In total, with the air defence Tornados, they have just 150 aeroplanes that can actually do fighting. The Luftwaffe has more than twice that. So do the cheese-eating surrender monkeys. In an air war we’d struggle to beat the Bubbles. Of course 150 fighting planes is fine when all we have to worry about are a handful of mad Irishmen, but since Mr Blair realised that his retirement fund relied on being popular in the land of the brave, we’re now fighting what seems like half the world.

    It is an extraordinary scandal and what makes it just so shiversomely hideous is that Blair and Brown and all the other useless fools who preside over our wellbeing know full well they can get away with it.

    Strip the NHS of funds and pretty soon you’ll have a bunch of nurses on television sobbing. Decimate the fire brigade and immediately the streets will be full of men in donkey jackets, standing round braziers. But the forces? You can squeeze their gonads until their eyes pop out and still they won’t moan.

    When asked recently if the British Army could cope, its new top man General Sir Richard Dannatt replied: “Just”. He can’t come out and say: “Are you joking?” Because this is not the army way. Even though he’s waging war on two fronts using US helicopters that shoot themselves down and Sea Kings that have a top speed of four if it gets hotter than 57C — which it does in Iraq, a lot — he still has to stiffen his upper lip and tell the world that everything is tickety boo.

    It’s not just the top brass, either. Back at home, quietly, soldiers may tell their loved ones that things are pretty bleak. But have you ever heard one say so publicly? Were they at the Trades Union Congress in their apple-green short-sleeved nylon shirts banging on the tables demanding more money and better equipment? No they weren’t. They were out there, far from the television cameras, in a shit-awful part of Afghanistan fighting with pointed sticks.

    I do hope Blair can sleep easily at night knowing that his lecture tour pension fund is being paid for by the blood of a thousand British soldiers and airmen. And I hope, too, he realises that if the RAF really is “utterly, utterly useless”, it’s all his fault.

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    It makes you wonder how on earth a bona fide lunatic managed to achieve such a position of power and influence but, actually, lunacy these days is all around us. It sits in the editor’s chair at the Daily Mail. It runs the United States. And I found a shining example of it only the other day as I stopped in a petrol station to fuel an Audi Q7.

    “Ooh,” said the man at the next pump, “I’ve just ordered one of those. It comes next week. What do you think?” I could have been kind. I could have made his day. But I wasn’t in the mood, so I told him straight: “It’s one of the three worst cars I’ve ever driven.”

    Well, he was flabbergasted. But not as flabbergasted as me when he went on to say that he was buying the Audi as a replacement for his Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which had broken down.

    I see. So you bought an Aston and you were “surprised” when it wasn’t quite as reliable as granite. That makes you mad. And now you’ve replaced it with something that could be nailed to the side of a cathedral to ward off evil spirits. That makes you a swivel-eyed loony.

    I first encountered this gargoyle of a car earlier in the year as we were filming the Top Gear winter olympics, and though it felt pretty nasty I decided to withhold judgment, since doing a biathlon in a car isn’t terribly representative of how it might be used in, say, Driffield.

    Well, I’ve now used it in London, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Hampshire and can reveal it’s no better in any of these places either. It’s far too big to fit comfortably on any road other than an American interstate, but inside it’s surprisingly cramped. Think of it as an Aga. As big as a post office van but stumped when presented with a Christmas turkey.

    Certainly you get a lot more room in a cheaper and much better looking Volvo XC90. You get more of everything even in the new Ford S-Max.

    And then there’s the question of “feel”. The Q7 feels just like a normal Audi. And that’s fine in a normal Audi. But it’s a big SUV and it should give off a sense that the Tonka toy exterior styling is in some way replicated on the inside, so that when your children fight and bite and kick, none of the fixtures and fittings will be damaged.

    The Q7 really is “utterly, utterly useless” and I was all set to keep on kicking it until all the available space on these pages was used up. But then, lo and behold, I was presented with a car that is even worse. The Chrysler 300C diesel estate.

    Worryingly, it looks rather good.
    There’s a huge radiator grille that puts you in mind of a Bentley Arnage, and the squared-off muscly body sits on tall tyres that hint at not only a great deal of power but a comfy, cosseting ride. A decent salesman could make a fairly good fist of whipping up your enthusiasm on the inside as well. The back seats fold down easily, the load opening at the back is cavernous, there’s a separate storage area under the boot floor away from muddy paws, and there’s lots of standard equipment.

    For £27,275 this looks like the bargain of the century and a brief test drive will do little to dispel that notion. The diesel engine is so unclattery that I had to get out to check the badge. And despite the size it’s terribly easy to drive. The only thing that might put you off is the limited rear visibility, but apart from this you’d be hard pressed to find anything wrong. Don’t worry, though. I have. Lots.

    You need to think of this car as one of those home-brand council house stereos that you find in department stores. It’s cheap, but it’s cheap for a reason, which becomes abundantly clear when you turn it on. It’s rubbish. So it goes with the 300C. Chrysler, which is owned by Mercedes these days, is at pains to point out that this car is not — as I’ve previously claimed — based on the old Mercedes E-class. They say they considered this idea but dismissed it.

    Pity. Basing it on a well-proven car would have been a better idea than basing it on a crème brûlée. God, it’s a wallowy old hector. You have absolutely no sense that you’re connected to the road in any way. Imagine, somehow, fitting an engine to your duvet and you start to get the picture. Of course this might not bother you but the ride comfort will. Despite the wallow-matic suspension and the tall tyres, it crashes and jolts where a normal, proper European car glides and hangs on.

    Then there’s the sat nav screen, which is so bright it’s like driving into a second world war searchlight, and the difficulty you’ll have while parking and the sheer ghastliness of the half-timbered steering wheel.

    Yes, it’s cheap, but so’s the RAF these days. And that doesn’t work either.

    Verdict - Looks good, drives like crème brulée


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    There is some good news, the diesel V6 returns 34mpg. :o
     
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    Is it just me or did this make no sence what so ever
     
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    Only the last part of the article talks about the car itself. :rofl:
     
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    All those letters and only one paragraph about the actual car?:rofl:
     
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    26 Paragraphs.

    5 About the car the article is geared at. 2 of which praise the car, one rambles on about what the cas isnt based on, one to bitch about the stiff suspension and one to bitch about the nav screen.

    Clarkson is a great writer, and this would make a great editorial on politics, but its one of the worse car reviews I have ever read.
     
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    :bowrofl: at that article
     
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    I didn't see cliff notes.
     
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    That's probably the dumbest car review I've ever read.
     
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    Clarkson should stick to TV
     
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    what car does he not say this about. funny how he comments on how "big" it is. :rofl: Yea its huge. :hsugh:
     
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    i thought you posted the wrong article, i was like, what the fuck is htis audi bullshit??
     
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    Really?
     
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    wtf review?
     
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    Um, 300s are pretty fucking massive.
     
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    whats the count on jeremy using "rubbish" anyways?
     
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    Clarkson is a fucking riot. The guy gives you the most subjective reviews ever and yet they still rock. Only he could get away with that shit.
     
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    Looks like a Bentley, drives like a duvet
     
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    what in the world is that guy rambling about?
     
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    I like Clarkson... but I about gave up half way through thinking you accidentally pasted the wrong article.
     
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    needs to learn to get to the fucking point
     
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    Ry-Ballz This sucks, change the channel

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