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Yep, that's Jeremy Clarkson talking up the Chrysler Sebring convertible in his column for The Sunday Times today. What, you expected anything less than a wholesale evisceration? Clarkson weighing in on the astoundlingly sub-par Sebring is pretty much the motor-journalistic equivalent of using a Stinger missile to take out your kid's SpongeBob birthday piñata. It didn't stand a chance.

The laughs come early and often as the Chrysler gets mercilessly worked over like one of Mike Tyson's sparring partners in the '80s, but be forewarned: by the time Jezza puts down his pen, America's Number One Fan has managed to work in AIG, Lehman Brothers and the Iraq war as he slips in his obligatory jabs at the country, which the Chrysler becomes symbolic of.

The way Clarkson sees it, quality sucks in the Sebring and other American cars because we Americans have no sense of history and are thus incapable of planning for the future (by making something built to last). Whatever -- he's entitled to his opinion. Speaking for myself, I can deal with the crappy Sebring in the grand scheme of things; that's a miniscule tradeoff for having something to celebrate on July 4th. Besides, it's not all tea and cookies in the former motherland, anyway...

[Source: TimesOnline | Tip: Kris]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Couldn't agree more. Just rented this absolute POS in Hawaii. It was fabulous once I put the roof down but I don't think Chrysler had anything to do with that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My parents bought Chrysler products for decades and my father swore by them however, that was then and this is now. I bought a Town & Country van brand new in 2003 and figured that because I spent $25,000 dollars on a vehicle that it would be a well made vehicle and I wanted to buy American. 2 Months after the warranty went out my power steering pump, water pump, drivers side power window, and my CD player went bad, not to mention, I've had to replaced the brakes twice in less than 3 years. I contacted the company about it and they refused to stand by their product. Because of this, I will never buy another Chrysler again. The American auto makers have got to start standing by their vehicles or they will never make it back to the top. In retaliation for their indifference to their customer, I have been driving around with the statement "Don't buy a Chrysler" on my vehicle to warn others of how they treat their customers. These big American companies need to learn that if they don't make a good product and stand by them, we will not buy them. My daughter wanted us to buy a sebring but I wouldn't waste my hard earned money buying a Sebring because they're just like almost all their vehicles nothing but a bunch of crap.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Got feeling that many here don't know Clarkson.
      Like i said previously i just got feeling that with USA in trouble it seems that strong nationalism is raising there(not like it wasn't that already). Cry out loud he have owned 2 Ford GTs.

      He makes fun of them all. French are surrender monkies, swiss hate cars, germans don't have soul and all brits got syphilis.

      It's just the Americans that seem to cry about all this(and Top Gear isn't even aired in USA....). Article is written for british newspaper where i'm sure all know Clarkson already and how he writes so this won't have any effect to Sebring sales.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well I watch Top Gear and the America bashing is funny. But I watch with my preconceptions of what England is. Their cars were the worse and drove horrible. The problem is now the cars that are imported there are exquisite to drive. Even the Fords. Chrysler has a problem building some great cars, like the Charger CHallenger 300 and the Magnum and some crap cars. The OG Neon would go 30k and the tranny would blow.

      I have no problem with his opinions since so many of them are what is wrong with England as well. Its all in fun. Get over it and take him with a grain of salt. And Chrysler should take heed. The Sebring should be upscale to be under the Chrysler moniker.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would anyone listen to an auto journalist? If I want an opinion of a car I will go and test drive it and get the important information on that particular car. His opinion is just that, no more.
      The fact that Chrysler is selling Sebrings means there are buyers who feel otherwise.
      Of course the British motor industry is in perfect shape.
      Whats left it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Someone is buying: the rental car fleets.

        This means nothing with regard to what the regular public wants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      granted..im not a fan of this car at all,but truthfully..Clarkson,shut the @#$% up..I cant stand this imbicile. Since Britain dosent even have an auto industry anymore..bloody git!
      Das pissed off Auto
      • 6 Years Ago
      haha, this was one of his funniest columns in ages. come on? an economics, history, and sociology lecture in a chrysler sebring review? that's comedy gold. and the fact that he's pissing off so many americans makes it ten times funnier.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you remind me of the scene in 'dumb and dumber' where the jeff daniels character starts whaling away at lauren holly after she playfully tosses a snowball at him.

        you're besmirching the good name of artie lange.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "An economics, history, and sociology lecture in a chrysler sebring review?" It takes no talent to spout of inaccuracies and uninformed opinions. Now, if he he had done a piece on the fabulous history of English automotive manufacturing, that would have been clever. Or perhaps a history lesson on English appeasement and its impact on the Second World War. Or a sociological dissertation on socialism and its contribution to the slow decline of England's relevance in geopolitics, science, and
        industry. Or, etc., etc., etc. Fit any of those lessons into a auto column, and you'd be clever indeed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seriously guys, he's an entertainer, first of all, so he's bound to exaggerate somewhat to make the article more comedic. Don't take him too seriously, and enjoy the jokes. I mean, would you rather watch SPEED etc than Top Gear?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Know what? I don't care about any of the new cars or anyone who is self important enough to bother circulating an opinion about them. Maybe that's why I've stuck with my 1994 Toyota Tercel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If more people would buy American, auto makers would build more cars here to avoid transfer fees and skilled American labor would be able to earn a liveable wage again. If the middle class doesn't earn a liveable wage, we wouldn't have been able to "bailout" the ultra-rich who screwed us in the first place! We always buy American, and we've never been sorry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's easy to sit back and complain about everything. It takes a real person to do something about it. I look at critics as the cowpies on the path of life.
      • 6 Years Ago
      But if you ignore all his British-loving statements his right about this car.

      In my opinion Chrysler took about 2 steps backward with this car. The only car that looks worse than this in Chrysler's lineup is the Sebring sedan.
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