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#722 of 2801 A New Convert
Aug 23, 2001 (6:15 pm)
I have been looking to purchase a new car for a number of months but nothing has really struck me as worth the investment. I currently have a BMW 1995 325i convertible that is aging and needs some work to bring it back. Thinking about trading up to a new car I went in to a Florida dealer to test drive the new "X" but was not really impressed. Nice car but didn't seem to have that something that would make it my new car.
While there I looked over the XJ8's and decided to test drive one. Like many of you I have always loved the look of the car but thought it would be too expensive. They had a number of cars with Select Edition warranties. The one I liked the best was 1999 XJ8 Platinum with 15,000 miles for $40,000. It looked to be in great shape compared to a 36,000 1997 in Mistral Blue for $33,000 which looked a little tired. How are these prices?
I am seriously thinking about a purchase but need to test drive the car for a while to see how I adjust to the handling and pickup. It is certainly unlike that of the BMS’s and Mercedes I have had the opportunity to drive in the past. The pickup was very smooth but appeared to lack the aggressive response of the BMW, which has a much smaller engine. I am not saying it was worse just that it was different.
I would appreciate any feedback on the price I was quoted as well as a comparison of the driving feel from someone who has driven both BMW’s and Jaguars.
Aug 23, 2001 (9:32 pm)
$33,000 for a 1997 XJ6 with 36K??? I think you can find a 1998 XJ8 with similar miles for less than that!
$40,000 for a 1999 XJ8? Well... I'm in Orlando.. and.. well..I see what they sell for at auction... aiii... I've seen similar mile 2000s sell for that!
Those prices are QUITE high. I mean, as dealers, weneed to make some money and all.. but.. ouch!
As far as driving... I drive both quite a bit. Ya know.. the BMW IS an "edgier" car, theJaguaris more.. umm.. discreet about power delivery?
Aug 24, 2001 (4:46 am)
I think the jury is still out on warranties.
Several of you have bought them, I know.
But, I am curious, any advice, based on experience?
If so, what brands gave the best service and reimbursement.
I hear of so many stories of "things" not being covered.
Is that your hearing, too?
Anyone know of Wynns ?
It is that name that is circulating in my part of the country and seem to be well thought of....but, I would like to know.
I am considering an extended warranty myself, so these questions are more than just curiosity driven.
Thanks, Jag owners, this is a special fraternity under the sign of the "CAT" !!
#725 of 2801 A New Convert
Aug 24, 2001 (4:57 am)
Bill, Thanks for your response. What do you think a good price is for a 1999 or 2000 XJ8 with 15,000 miles would be?
I am looking in the Tampa/ St. Pete area but would be willing to look at other reasonably close locations. There is a new dealer going up in North Tampa but they are not through with construction as of yet.
Aug 24, 2001 (11:17 am)
I think that you ought to be able to buy a 2000 XJ8 with 15-20K on it in nice shape in a good color for really no more than $35-36K or so.
As far as a 99... Probably like $1,500-2K less.. if that. On a wholesale level, a 99 with 15K on it isnt worth much less than a 2000 with 15K. Why? The 99 is a low-mile car and carries a big premium. The 00 is an average mile car and does average $$...
Aug 24, 2001 (1:28 pm)
In your post 701 you said about the XJ8 " I am seriously thinking about a purchase but need to test drive the car for a while to see how I adjust to the handling and pickup". Check with Hertz and Budget about renting one for a few days. I have rented them from Budget a couple of times, always at airports. I also think I remember Hertz announcing that they were going to offer the Ford Premium Group cars, including the Jag.
Aug 24, 2001 (10:21 pm)
And they do rent Jaguars almost everywhere in Florida... Youmay haveto do somesearching to find anXJ tho.. seems like most are S-Types.
Aug 29, 2001 (3:35 pm)
I am in the market for a XJ. Most likely a 1999 or 2000. Since I live in Southern New England and do a lot of driving (25K per year), my question is this: How good is this car in snow and ice?
Also, any thoughts on why the depreciation is so high? Many thanks.
#730 of 2801 1996 Jaguar XJ6 repair manual
Aug 29, 2001 (6:33 pm)
I would appreciate any information on service manuals for basic repairs and maintenance for
the 1996 XJ6. The usual companies, like Haynes, don't seem to make them.
#731 of 2801 A question for Northern Jag owner's - Snow
Aug 31, 2001 (6:28 am)
I just bought a "98" XJ8 this summer. I need new tires and I want to keep the factory recommended Pirelli's on year-round. Although I understand that the XJ8 doesn't go very well in the snow. What should I do? Should I buy a different tire for the winter. (I dont really want to store a set of tires.) Should I change the tire and go with a different brand that works better year-round?
Please tell me what tire I should buy. Include tire make, model and size.
Please tell me what has worked for you!