>>13645422 are you retarded OP? euro cars are crazy expensive to maintain and have low resale value. you just left the frying pan into the fire by what you just did. if you want a good car that is easy to maintain get a honda faggot
You're looking to trade it in for an X308 jag, right? 98-2003?
I can't vouch for 2004+, but these cars are VERY reliable. Not quite as reliable in the engine as their predecessors (which I own), but that is easily fixed, and probably HAS been fixed by the owner.
You'll want to make sure the secondary timing chain tensioner has been replaced with metal instead of plastic. It's about a $1000 job if you take it to the shop, much less if you know how to do it. Then, the engine becomes damn near bulletproof.
Another thing to watch out for: any car that has sat since 2001 or prior. It had nikasil lining which was eaten by shitty 90s sulphur-laced fuel. It was fully recalled, so ask if this car's engine was replaced. 2001+ was made without the shitty lining, and 2002-2003 had the metal tensioners I talked about before. Ideally, a 2002-2003 is what you're looking for.
These cars are fucking awesome to drive, OP. I prefer mine only because of its interior and it has a straight six (I'm a bit of a purist). The V8 jaguars get the same MPGs and have even more reliable electrics. Don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise. You'll fall in love with the car. I guarantee it.
Pic is mine, they're so fucking sexy. Let me know if you have any other questions. 99% of the work you could do on the car is DIY friendly. 2004+ looks uglier and has air suspension, so keep that in mind.
>>13645500 By the way, if the car hasn't been used since the 90s and has low KM (I think up to 50,000 is safe), get a compression test done. If it checks out, you're good to go. You can use the nikasil as an excuse to knock down the price a bit, and today's fuel won't destroy the engine because of a change in fuel standards that happened 15 years ago.
>>13645544 No worries about the grammar, I'm just here to help you get the right car.
92k in miles, huh? I wouldn't pay more than 6-7, maybe 8 for an '03, since you've mentioned that it needs a few things.
Compression test is a plus, the engine will go for a LONG time. Belts not a problem to replace yourself and will cost $20 each or so, how are the radiator hoses?
You'll have to replace the PS pump, it's at its service point. Not sure when the sensors will need to be replaced for a V8, but the service life for my car is 100k miles for the crank/cam position sensors. They aren't outrageously expensive but will leave you unable to start the car; should have been replaced if it was dealer maintained.
Brake flush is nothing special. I doubt you'll need a complete rad flush, so just change the fluid (make sure it's Jag-spec, these engines are a little more sensitive, so spend a bit more to get the right shit and it will last years)
The diff is expected, it's non-fatal and is just the gasket. I can't quote you on labor for that. Are you planning on wrenching on it yourself?
>>13645563 With that in mind, and all the maintenance, I'd offer 7k. He's overpriced it quite a bit. It could differ depending on where you live, but in Canadabux, they are worth (for a Vanden Plas) about that much for the same year.
Still, if it's the only car in your area and you can grab it for 8-9 and spend ~1.5 on fixing it up, it won't cause you ANY trouble. That's your decision, though. The book value on these cars is higher than its sale value.
>>13645603 Alright bro, no problem. I love these cars and I bet you will, too. I know you're passing out so good luck and make sure to post here once you've ironed out the kinks and take her for a proper spin. I'll be looking out for your post.
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