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My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:17 pm
I've always wanted one of these! Just happened to drive past this one and had to go back for a second look - a really nice, late example Sport.

Designed by an Italian and built/engineered by the Japanese - in theory, arguably the best combination you could have?

"Only" £3.5k for a car that has that mean stance and road presence and could run beautifully for another 20 years!

Would it be wrong to sell my great grandma's jewellery and buy this? Laughing Could be my last chance - they're rare and will only get rarer!!

https://www.caldercars.co.uk/used-cars/lexus-gs-300-3-0-sport-4dr-wakefield-201806097328442

Proper motor that is. Smile
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on Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:41 pm
Get it bought!
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:43 pm
Thirsty and not very exciting to drive. Probably a great wafting machine but not my cup of tea.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:59 pm
You're a bad influence, Hugh. Wink

Wafting is what I like - I've missed having a car that can waft ever since I got rid of my E-class. Sad The 3.0 in that is the smallest/most economical engine they put in the GS - a 4.0 and 3.0 twin-turbo was also available. If only they'd made a diesel...

Might have a trip to the jewellers at the weekend, lol.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:06 pm
Now the twin turbo sounds more interesting. N/A 3 litre engine is 220bhp isn't it?
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:13 pm
EffEff wrote:You're a bad influence, Hugh. Wink

Wafting is what I like - I've missed having a car that can waft ever since I got rid of my E-class. Sad The 3.0 in that is the smallest/most economical engine they put in the GS - a 4.0 and 3.0 twin-turbo was also available. If only they'd made a diesel...

Might have a trip to the jewellers at the weekend, lol.


You want to waft AND collect some bits from the jewellers - Throw in a bank job too?!!! You need a get-away car too......


There's only one car for that!!!!


https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201803315117518?model=XJ&postcode=bs217qa&sort=sponsored&advertising-location=at_cars&price-from=3000&make=JAGUAR&radius=1500&price-to=4500&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&page=1
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:01 pm
Great until it goes wrong, which it will.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:11 pm
I think the NASP 3.0s were 217bhp - enough for pottering about, lol.

I've always liked the XJs - newer shape ones are getting cheap, and were available with a diesel. Very Happy
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:11 pm
I can't get on their website at all. But it looks like it's gonna be a GS300 Sport. I had the chance of one very cheap last year. I think i might have mentioned it. It's quite a nice car, quite rare and unusual. The Sport looks more imposing than the normal one.
The one i was kinda...offered...had many faults. It went against the Crixy Grail in terms of spend required to fix up.

Nice car though.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:44 pm
Teeps wrote:Great until it goes wrong, which it will.

Someone's happy today!

A later 4.2 XJR would be better - the engine and gearbox are pretty bullet proof.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:55 pm
Not unhappy, just saying what I think. I'd like to own a big old Jag but you'd want a "When it goes wrong fund".
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on Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:02 pm
Teeps wrote:Not unhappy, just saying what I think. I'd like to own a big old Jag but you'd want a "When it goes wrong fund".


I know! Yes - a fund is a wise idea. For any car for that matter. I trust you have one for your BMW?


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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:14 pm
Yes. Got £1400 sitting in an account. I don't think my BMW has quite the same potential to throw up a big bill as an XJR though.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:36 pm
Teeps wrote:Yes. Got £1400 sitting in an account. I don't think my BMW has quite the same potential to throw up a big bill as an XJR though.


Shouldn't think there's much in it. Suspension components and general stuff is mainly standard to the range. Also (and as with the Avantime!) there's a lot of real ale drinking enthusiasts and plenty of reconditioned bits. Lots of bits can be bought cheaply on eBay etc etc.

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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:12 pm
"Awfully sorrehh, I seem to have misplaced the old wallet! Would you mind...covering the charge for me, just this once, Cecil?"
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:30 pm
It'll be the big stuff, like a supetcharger, catalytic converters, aircon bits. The 3 series is a relatibely high volume car. BMW made and sold loads. The XJR is not. Service parts may not be much more expensive, but other bits will be, especially if you need to get them from Jaguar.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:52 pm
New gearbox (and torque converter), £2k fitted. Supercharger, second hand about £600. New, I think are about £1500.

In my experience you need to find alternative sources for many bits - I had to do this with the Avantime! Renault wanted £4500 for the new gearbox. I searched the internet and bought a brand new one for £800 and £400 to fit. Drive shafts - rather confusingly there were 3 different sizes used by Matra during the 18 months they built the Avantime; I found some second hand ones after much searching.

Ok - the XJR won't be the cheapest to run, but get a well maintained one and happy days. I wouldn't think there's much difference in general running and maintenance costs to your BMW.

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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:09 pm
I bet there is. Fuel costs alone will be a fair bit higher. Maybe you should buy that one and we'll compare notes...
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:49 am
Teeps wrote:I bet there is. Fuel costs alone will be a fair bit higher. Maybe you should buy that one and we'll compare notes...

I'll stick with the XF for now! You're quids in on the fuel side though...

And RFL. Possibly not insurance though.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:35 am
Tyres will be cheaper too.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:42 am
Teeps wrote:Tyres will be cheaper too.

Not cheaper than my last ones!!! 2 free fronts FOC due to failed tyre wall. Mind you, could have cost me my life I guess......
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:51 am
With regards to the XFR....and the XJR....will running costs be broadly similar between the two? I can't see how one would be particularly different to the other?
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:16 am
MegaCrixel wrote:With regards to the XFR....and the XJR....will running costs be broadly similar between the two? I can't see how one would be particularly different to the other?


We're talking of the older style XJR - classic drug dealer wheels! Increasingly appealing car in many ways, with the classic Jag look. Maybe as a third car, once the kids have left home - kids are more expensive than almost ANY car!

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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:44 am
Ah right, sorry. I thought you meant the current one.
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Re: My Perfect Daily Driver!

on Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:51 am
Those XJR’s (for me) are like 996, externally they’ve aged REALLY well and look good. Sit inside though and they feel SO old and dated
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