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#28312 of 30832 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 03, 2013 (11:26 pm)
I still like the 97 and up XK models. The same guy that penned the modern Aston DB7 (I think) did the Jag as well. IIRC they're both based on the same platform and they both do look alike.
Mar 04, 2013 (5:47 am)
I thought those were good looking as well. I went through a period, in my late 20's early 30's, where I figured that if I ever wanted to look rich for cheap, I'd splurge on a used one.
However, I guess the maintenance on one would probably ensure that I'd never get rich...
#28314 of 30832 Re: . [andre1969]
Mar 04, 2013 (10:10 am)
Well, it will never depreciate to nothing - all cars have scrap/parts value
Sightings lately - white 80s 911 cabrio, immaculate late W124 wagon, pop up headlights Accord covered with mold/algae growth.
#28315 of 30832 Re: . [boomchek]
Mar 04, 2013 (1:23 pm)
I still like the 97 and up XK models.
So do I. My wife and I own a 2001 convertible, which is a great road car. It replaced a 1999 which gave its life to save us when someone drove his Buick into our right front at 35 mph or so. They took him away on a backboard whereas my wife and I opened our doors and got out. At the request of the salesman who sold us the '01 we provided pictures of the remains of the '99. He showed them to prospective XK buyers to give them the warm fuzzies about the safety of the vehicle. By the way, although maintenance is not cheap on these cars it isn't obnoxiously high either, and we haven't had any reliability issues.
Mar 04, 2013 (3:23 pm)
I haven't seen anything interesting/old/obscure in what seems like a month or more but as I was enjoying a beer at a local brewpub what should go by but one of the nicest Volkswagen Type 2/T1s I've ever seen. This was a split window crew-cab pickup, dark brown over a chartreuse yellow and otherwise stock except for chrome wheels. The engine sounded modified as well.
Mar 04, 2013 (5:21 pm)
What does it cost you annually to run it approximately? Anything major went on it? Is it mostly electrical issues?
#28318 of 30832 Re: . [boomchek]
Mar 04, 2013 (8:53 pm)
Well, you have to parcel out the mileage-related and the time-related costs. Our Jag is only driven about four thousand miles a year now. Also, we have had it serviced at the dealer (Jaguar of Marin), who is very good but undoubtedly an independent shop would be cheaper. That being said, our routine service has been about $700 for the 30K service and about $400 for the 40,000 (earlier services were free.) I would estimate that the 60K will be $1200-1400. As far as other maintenance/repairs, the front brake pads and rotors went at 25K to the tune of $700, the engine gaskets were replaced at 30K because of a leak in one of the cam gaskets and our paranoia about the other ones ($800, but it would have been half that if only the leaking gasket was replaced). A leaking heater valve was replaced not much after that, which came to about $600. Finally, the ABS module went south, and at the same time we had the brake system and the cooling system flushed and the related hoses replaced due to the fact that the car was 10 years old and the gang hose was leaking. We also had the control arm bushings replaced. The total for the cooling system, brake system (including the ABS module), and bushings was about $4000.
The bottom line is that maintenance and repairs are fairly expensive if done at a dealer (roughly 1/2 of the costs above were labor) but not exorbitant, and it is a great grand tourer.
Mar 04, 2013 (9:43 pm)
Out this evening, two similar oddities: an 83-85 Eldo convertible, white, top down on a sunny day. And a weird neoclassic based on a Fox Mustang convertible, kind of Zimmer style, not sure what maker it was.
Mar 05, 2013 (10:51 am)
80s day - Saw a pristine 86 Sedan Deville (quad lights, CHMSL), half vinyl top with half covered rear door windows, looked like it might have appeared in 1987. Also a mean looking pre-1986 W126 LWB, black with tinted windows, older style chrome AMG wheels - a Miami Vice bad guy car. And a decent enough E12 5er, not many of those left.
#28321 of 30832 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 05, 2013 (11:06 am)
I still see a few of those Devilles around here and there. The W126 sounds really cool.
Only thing remotely classic I've seen in a few days was 85ish two door Eighty-eight and an 88-91 Merc Grand Marq, but I see those everyday around here.