The condition of the exhaust doesn't really matter as long as it passes emissions and it isn't too loud.. How much did it cost?The Klankswagen Golf Mk4 just passed its MOT without problems. I managed to get it inspected at the cheapest possible place in the region, and the guy didn't complain about the worn tires or the tired exhaust. It's just a bit annoying that whenever you lift it up, you see the sills' edges are bent on both sides for 20cm, because some idiot has jacked it up from the wrong spots at some point in its life.
The X300 is a 'screaming deal' kind of bargain compared to the German competition. I had a 92 750iL and it tried to eat me out of house and home. At least with the X300, you actually can fix most of the components yourself without having to buy stupidly expensive subassemblies (for the most part).Yeeeeeah...I'm not so sure about a W124 E420 anymore...that thing is expensive to maintain if/when something goes wrong.
A typical fault is some wiring harness in the engine bay, which due to the extreme heat of the V8, tends to melt. Over 1000? for a sparepart.
Lower ball joints need changing ? Nope, you have to change the entire lower suspension arm with it, because the damn thing is one solid piece...around 400?/piece. Problems with the throttle body/-valve ? Beyond 1000?.
The M119 V8 is one expensive piece of engineering to fix. X300 Jag is a bargain compared to that
This is the reason why the Jag is still my number one choice if it comes down to buying a car. Sometimes being an antique is beneficial, this being one of those times, since the AJ16 isn't exactly what you would call a modern engine, but that means I can work on it myself. Something the M119 V8 doesn't tolerate.The X300 is a 'screaming deal' kind of bargain compared to the German competition. I had a 92 750iL and it tried to eat me out of house and home. At least with the X300, you actually can fix most of the components yourself without having to buy stupidly expensive subassemblies (for the most part).
The authorities even treat one differently in a Jag. I got pulled over with a suspended license from failing to pay a violation, and the cop said, "I'm really sorry to inconvenience you, but I just wanted to let you know that your license is technically suspended, and I know those guys sometimes mess up, so just check it out when you have an opportunity." This sort of encounter has happened several times with the police.
I need to write it up; I've had some work suddenly appear and I have to take care of that first. (I can take a couple minutes to reply to a forum post, but then have to go back to what I was doing, that sort of thing,...)Hehe, well your Jag-as-surprise-bargain gospel is really taking root on this forum, and with enough converts (speaking as one myself) it could prove a good source of business. I've found myself looking at last-gen XJSs, mostly out of idle curiosity, but their style is growing on me. BTW, any word on the fuel economy tips you'd mentioned sometime before?