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Season 3

Aired 13 years ago - Dec 28, 2003

REVIEWS: Chrysler Crossfire • Jaguar XJ6 • Honda Civic Type R • Honda NSX Type R CHALLENGE: None Jeremy drives the Chrysler Crossfire, Richard drives the Smart Car, which has been tuned by Brabus and the Honda Civic Type R. He also drives the Honda NSX which Stig also drives on the Top Gear track.James drives the Jaguar XJ6 around Birmingham - the “Barcelona on the black country”. Carol 'mutton dressed as mutton' Vorderman is the Slapper in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

Aired 13 years ago - Dec 21, 2003

REVIEWS: Mercedes SL280 • Nissan Micra • Aston Martin Lagonda • Audi TT CHALLENGE: Top Gear Generation Game Cars from different eras are compared this week. Jeremy drools over the Mercedes 280SL from the early 70s and compares it to the modern Audi TT. The new Nissan Micra which costs £9,000 is compared to a Boeing 737 private jet worth £38m. James takes a nostalgic look at the Aston Martin Lagonda and there’s the first look at the new Aston Martin DB9. Old cars are compared with new cars in a drag race; the original golf GTI Vs a new Toyota MR2. The Escort Cosworth Vs the Ford Focus RS and the Peugeot 205 Vs the new Peugeot 206.Johnny Vegas is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

Aired 13 years ago - Dec 14, 2003

REVIEWS: MG XPower SV • Porsche Cayenne Turbo • Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren CHALLENGE: Which professor can do the best burn-out? • What is the best British car? As usual the boys are squabbling about cars. This time they can't agree on which is the best British car. Jeremy says it's the Noble M12GTO, Richard can't see past the Morgan Plus 8 and James, in a moment of utter madness makes the case for the... Rover 75. Back on planet Earth, well, South Africa, Richard drives the new Mercedes McLaren SLR and the Porsche Ceyenne gets the benefit of Jeremy's scorn and delight. He also drives the MG SV - a £70,000 car built to compete with Porsche - don't laugh.Boffins, Brian Sewell, Colin Pilinger and Heinz Wolf try a 'burn-out' and Rory Bremner is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

Aired 13 years ago - Dec 07, 2003

REVIEWS: Citroën C2 • Aston Martin V8 Vantage (1977) • Holden Monaro CHALLENGE: Is a Toyota Hilux really indestructible? - Part 2 The car most likely to… be modified, the Citroën C2 is driven by Jeremy, he also drives the Vauxhall Monaro - sideways mostly. Richard drives two new cars: the Renault Mégane CC and the Peugeot 307 CC…and hates both of them.James tries to succeed where Jeremy failed by trying to kill the Toyota Hilux by placing it on top of a tower block that is due to be demolished. Can it survive the 240 foot drop as the tower block collapses?Sanjeev Bhaskar is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

Aired 13 years ago - Nov 23, 2003

REVIEWS: Mazda RX-8 • Fiat Panda CHALLENGE: Is a Toyota Hilux really indestructible? Jeremy drives the Mazda RX8 and James drives the new Fiat Panda and is quite surprised when it doesn’t fall to bits. Richard looks at some modern classics, the Volkswagen Corrado VR6 and the Mercedes 190E 2.5 16 Cosworth. An 11-year-old diesel Toyota Hilux is tested for its durability by Jeremy. He drives in into a wall, a tree and through a shed. It’s left in the Severn Estuary, home to the second biggest tide in the world, hit with a wrecking ball, dropped and set on fire. They even drop a caravan on top of it, but still it works. Sadly, the same treatment wasn't given to this week's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, Simon Cowell. MORE -LESS

Aired 13 years ago - Nov 16, 2003

REVIEWS: Lamborghini Miura • Lamborghini Countach • Mini Cooper S • Lamborghini Gallardo CHALLENGE: None Richard drives three tuned Minis: Hartge, Digi-tec, BBR and the BMW works. He also drives the Lamborghini Miura and Jay Kay drives his Miura. James drives the Countach - something he's been waiting 20 years to do. Jeremy drives the Gallardo. Rich Hall is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

Aired 13 years ago - Nov 09, 2003

REVIEWS: Bentley Continental GT • Subaru Legacy Outback • Saab 9-5 CHALLENGE: Saab 9-5 versus a BAE Sea Harrier • How to Escape from a Sinking Car The Bentley Continental GT is taken for a leisurely drive through Devon by Jeremy, while James drives the new Subaru Legacy. Richard tries not to drown himself when he is dropped into a huge water tank whilst sitting behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Carlton. This is done as an experiment to show what can happen should you drive your car into water.Stig races the new Saab 95 against a Royal Navy Harrier and Rob Brydon is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

Aired 13 years ago - Nov 02, 2003

REVIEWS: BMW M3 CSL • BMW M1 • BMW M3 • BMW M5 • Porsche Boxster • BMW Z4 • Honda S2000 CHALLENGE: Volvo 240 attempts to jump four caravans There is a BMW frenzy on the Isle of Man. The new M3 CSL and some BMW classics: the M1, BMW's one-and-only mid-engined car to date, the M5 series 2 and the classic M3.Also on the Isle of Man, three sporty convertibles are driven and the lads squabble over which is the best: the BMW Z4 championed by Richard, the Porsche Boxster by James and the Honda S2000 by Jeremy. A new Stig is introduced and Stephen Fry is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

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This is a damn good car. It's solid, good looking and very, very fast.
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Instead of taming the front end with proper mechanical
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So, as an enthusiast's car, I have to say the Vauxhall is better.
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It's just an amazing combination of nimbleness and brute force.
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Much to my surprise then, the Renault was the slowest.
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That means we arrive at a rather worrying conclusion because,
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There's a lot to commend the Ford. You're right. I like the Renault.
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'and a cacophony of patriotic noise.
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Because those abattoirs are in Romania,
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Oh, for God's sake! Do they think we want that?
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It is. It is. When you're 17, it is. You're smiling and you know it is.
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Did she wear a nice big bell? No, she wasn't a cow! Moo. Or a horse.
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That's it. What they're actually saying is, "I'm ready!"
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Bluetooth your phone to it. The dashboard will already have listened to your messages for you.
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said it had impressed the judges with its comfort, value,
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so you can stick it into a corner pretty confident that you
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and Matt LeBlanc, that is the Kia completely covered.
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There is a risk and a risk because McLaren have won, what, 182 races.
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There were so many good things about the opportunity to go
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I remember just holding on for dear- life knowing it was going to hurt.
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were on our way to the track and my dad was driving down this
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Now most guests do a lap, take the weather on the chin,
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He's had the best car for God knows how many years
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Now they can go, "At least Lewis Hamilton did exactly the same- thing in exactly the same place."
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Not surprised, but I'm very impressed.
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Lewis Hamilton, you did it in... one...
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the man who lost that race,
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so they'll still cut my head off and then...
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Any similarities between this and an- early Lotus Elise are not accidental.
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'Since we were being thorough, we didn't bother with some minor league
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Has anybody said "hallowed ground" yet? Not yet.
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Aired 13 years ago - Oct 26, 2003

REVIEWS: Ford GT • BMW 5-Series • Porsche 911 GT3 CHALLENGE: Can the diesel Volkswagen Lupo get better mpg than the petrol version? Jeremy drives the new Ford GT40 in Detroit and a diesel VW Lupo around the M25. James drives the new-look BMW 5 series and Richard drives the new - but it looks like every other - Porsche GT3. The Stig drives off the end of an aircraft carrier (!?) and Martin Kemp is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. MORE -LESS

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However, have a look at this.
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I wanted to laugh at its performance and call it a wet fraud,
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Mercedes own Smart. They make them in France, but this is a Mercedes.
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There isn't one! It's under here. No point looking. That's your lot.
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It's made in France! Yeah, Vichy France!
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That gives us another problem.
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This being the Top Gear audience, you're all car enthusiasts,
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First, the VW Beetle convertible.
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It's this, the Top Gear Love & Hate board. The Love section's full.
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In fifth place is the AMC Pacer.
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It's like those days when you walk out and there is no weather.
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and every time you want to get into it, you've gotta split in half.
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Cheap thrills is the kind of feel.
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You hold the world record for being sent off in a game of football.
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I had a bit of money from playing in Sweden
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Do they have the first idea what you are, who you are?
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What was going through your head when you were doing that?
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Right, here we go.
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Ross, one minute 57. You could have strolled! Shall we see how you did?
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I pity Jonathan if you aren't faster! Rossy will not let me...
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through the small ads in the back of a classic car magazine.
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'there's no rust, no filler and no evidence of bodged repairs.
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'But when you put your foot down... '
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'Big deal! Who really cares about depreciation? It's something that goes on all the time.
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Am I right in saying this car is so cool, that most people,
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I like it. Why? Cos the 206 is a good car. Are we all agreed?
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I consider myself outvoted then - Peugeot 206 Estate, silly car.
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Who did they get for the remake of Get Carter?
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£9,100 - it's a van with windows, a bit like the Citroen Berlingo.
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so it will be competing with the Ferrari 360.
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and when they say, "What's that picture? ", say, "Double Gloucester. "
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rang his insurance company.
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You can buy a BMW M5
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The power from that...
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It's the most fun I've had in a car.
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In computer simulations, it simply outpaced the computer.
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I am a driving god!
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By the looks of it there, he's lost it!
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Now look, for a car like that... That £50,000 car.
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