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    Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    I've wanted a convertible for years, really liked the XK8... last week I drove by one parked on the side of the road, made a u turn, and there was a for sale sign in the window. I fell in love instantly.



    So... before I bought it I brought it to my mechanic who checked it out very crudely (he was afraid to touch the car). All seemed well but for a slight oil leak.
    ...after I bought it, I brought it to a Jaguar dealership to inspect everything and see what it needs. $3600 quote for the most urgent things:
    Replace radiator hose
    Replace lower ball joints
    Replace 2 motor mounts
    Alignment
    Inspect right rear marker light.

    What wasn't included at that price, but suggested:
    Antenna mast loose
    Cam cover gaskets leaking
    Lower valance broken
    Front sway bar bushings
    Emission service
    Power steering/brake fluid flush.

    Brought it to a different mechanic right afterward, and he checked everything out, saying all he suggests is replacing the upper radiator hose (which I had him do for $130). Nothing else is critical, just keep an eye on them.

    All in all I'm still satisfied with the purchase and makes me smile just thinking about it.

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Jags are easy to fall in love with and the XK8 is especially appealling! What year is your Jag and how many miles does it have on it? If you really want to keep this car I would start saving money for a repair and maintenance reserve. $5000. in an interest bearing account should be your lowest objective.

    I always advise anyone contemplating the purchase of a used Jag to have it check out thoroughly by a knowledgeable and reputable Jag mechanic. Also when buying a used Jag there is really no such thing as a bargain, going down the Jaguar road it is always best to buy best one available; if one of these is not within your budget, lower your sights. As has been said many times on this forum, "An $80,000. is no bargain if you can't afford to maintain it and the parts and maintenance on an $80,000 will still reflect the cars initial cost."

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Never been a huge fan of Jags, but thats a GREAT lookin' car!

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Thats such a ridiculously beautiful car. I was very strongly looking at a late 90s XK8 last year. It was a teal colored one in California.

    I'm not sure how I ended up with a Saab instead. Oh yeah, the giveaway price. I think the Jag I looked at was previously in an accident too, which is why it was so cheap. I think they wanted 7 grand.

    Few cars look as classic and timeless as the XK when the top is down:


    I actually like how the roof folds into a tall pile of hardware on the rear deck. Its very old-fashioned and unique. The whole car is stunning.

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    I love the looks of Jaguars, but I'm too chicken or cheap to consider owning one. Hope you enjoy yours, though.

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Nice, congrats! One of my friends has an XK, but his transmission just gave out. Hopefully you got a somewhat reliable example.

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    That XK is really sexy.

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Do you have any pictures of the interior? I love the ear-to-ear wood dashboard. It looks like the cockpit of a biplane.

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Orconn: The car is a 98 with 115k miles. I used to be all about low mileage when buying cars, inspected the hell out of them, etc, and when I did that on my DeVille with only 40k miles on it, I needed to replace the engine. So this time around, I said screw it, just get one in good condition, regardless of miles.

    Jesda: No pics of the interior yet, but I'll work on that today.

    Question for you guys... occasionally while driving around 30-50 MPH, when I press on the gas lightly, I get a grinding noise coming from the back by the tires, I let go of the gas, and it goes away, sometimes, when I re tap the gas it'll happen again, but most of the time it goes away. What do you guys think that could be?

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Quote Originally Posted by 97DevilleBeige View Post

    Question for you guys... occasionally while driving around 30-50 MPH, when I press on the gas lightly, I get a grinding noise coming from the back by the tires, I let go of the gas, and it goes away, sometimes, when I re tap the gas it'll happen again, but most of the time it goes away. What do you guys think that could be?
    wheel bearings? Also those cars have several problems that every one seems to get. On being the e-brake coming loose causing the shoes to rattle or grind when under acceleration. Often this noise is identified in the rear down by the tires. But i'm no mechanic or jag expert. just throwing that out there. Also if you ever hear a loud grindin from under the hood stop ASAP and turn off your car. the timing tensioners are made of plastic and wear out, when they do they Fubar your engine.

    Nice ride though BTW. Hope it doesn't sink ya! then again look what forum we are on, haha.

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Your story sounds very similar to what happened with my Jag experience - I was 21 years old, semi-dropped out of college, working in a truck factory, and living in a apt/rooming house we owned in West Chester. Drove past Speedcraft in Devon one day, there it was sitting out front. Primrose Yellow E-type convertible. V12 and all... I paid 7K for a 1-year old Jag that was $14K new, had only 6,000 miles on it. Had the car for about 16 months, and apart from a loose door hinge, a bad fuel level sending unit, and one little thermostat thingy in the emission controls, had no problems with it. Sucked Sunoco 94 like it was water, and an oil change took 12 quarts, but that was a very smooth powerplant for the time. Considering I traded up from a Volvo P1800.. lol

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    The XKE is still the sexiest car on the planet. Like any love affair, they are expensive to maintain

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    With all due respect, that's a nice car (not my cup of tea), but I hope you have a lot of fun with it! Nothing like owning a high line European car, especially at a young age! Is it true that Ian Callum designed the XK8 AND all the Aston Martins since the DB7?

    I saw a pretty nice looking Jaguar V12 convertible from the '80s yesterday. Were those called XK12's or are those the older ones?

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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Thanks Chrome for the help. Guess what happened today on my ride around town running errands? The "Handbrake Applied" warning popped up even though it wasn't... I guess I know what that is now. Thanks everyone for the well wishes, and as promised, here's a few more photos:
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    Re: Purchased a Jaguar on a whim

    Those Jags sure are pretty! Do some research on the 97-99 V8 engine. They have a problem with some kind of a lining on the cylinders, or some such thing. I think they were improved around 2000 or so.

    I had a 99 Vanden Plas that I bought about 5 years ago. It had about 50k miles when I bought it. Engine seized shortly after, towed to Jag dealer. Luckily the car had the Jaguar certified warranty on it and the whole engine was replaced for me at no charge! They didn't tell me how much the bill was. I felt so lucky, like I had a brand new car, that I kept the car past the warranty period. That was a really bad error in judgment since the transmission went out at 80k miles a couple years later. That was $5,500 to replace with a new one - out of my pocket, warranty had expired.

    Hopefully the acquisition cost was low on your car because replacing an engine or transmission in one of these early V8 Jags out of warranty will make you wonder if you should fix the car or just buy another one. Good luck!!!

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