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  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    By the way, just today I must've seen at least a dozen Continental GTs, and at least two Flying Spurs. Not exactly "exclusive" in these parts.

    That's over the top. An event, or something?

    TagMan
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    i've seen the gt many times well not a dozen in a day.

    But the car that attracts me the most in the high end luxury cars..

    The CL class hands down it looks to good.

    I like it a 1000times better than a gt though i don't think every1 likes it a lot.

    Its the gt lamborg ferrar..etc that attracts most of the people but its cl for me.

    DID U GUYS KNOW THE cl CLASS IS THE WORLDS QUIETEST CAR

    Mercedes is claiming that its 2007 CL-Class is the quietest luxury car ever

    check this video out of the maybach im sure u guys seen it

    whoever is interested can see the 8million car

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K45_CrR-z-o
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Here in Newport Beach, Bentleys are a dime a dozen. Of course I've also seen at least five or six 360 Modenas and a few F430s, one Murcielago and a few Gallardos, tons of Porsches, a Phantom and a Maybach, and several Aston Martins. The Bentleys outnumber the rest though by a large margin. You literally can't turn around without seeing at least one.

    None of them compare to the F40 at the Petersen though, what a machine that was. The last purebred, raw Ferrari supercar.
  • drfilldrfill Posts: 2,484
    Mercedes CL vs. Lexus LS600hL. :surprise:

    They're both about the same speed.

    DrFill
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    they might be the same speed but both r different cars.

    LS is a family car, but u can't be comfortable in a CL class with 4 persons.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    In Your Dreams----Tony
  • mstendermstender Posts: 17
    Hi, I am a newby in this forum and would appreciate some advice or help.
    I am looking into a 2002 or 2003 XJ8 either Sport or VDP but I am little bit worried about reliability and cost of repair/service. Can anybody give me some advice? I currently have two MB's (C280, ML350) and did not really have any problems. How does the Jag compare? How are the Jaguar dealers in terms of their service? So far my experience with MB had been great but I heard from other people who got srewed.
    I saw a few XJ from 2002/3 with 30-50000 miles in price range of $20-24000. Does that seem reasonable? Also, do you guys recommend to get one with the Jaguar certified warranty?
    Can anybody recommend a good Jag dealer in New England (I live in the Danbury area)?

    I would appreciate any comments, help or advice!

    Thanks, Matt

    You can also email me: matthes_us@yahoo.com
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    If you can swing it, I would recommend that you move forward in time to the 2004 or newer XJ instead of the '03 or older. The statistics are quite different with regards to reliability. The '04 is the new generation aluminum Jag and weighs in at a featherlight 3700 - 3800 pounds, or so, depending upon particulars, so it will offer more spirited performance with its 300 hp engine. The reliability is better with the newer generation, and the '05 is even better than the '04. Your budget will determine if you can swing this or not, of course. Whatever you do, get all the warranty you can, no matter what.

    I'm located in California, so local dealers and local pricing for New England is something I shouldn't comment on.

    Good luck.

    TagMan
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    I saw a few XJ from 2002/3 with 30-50000 miles in price range of $20-24000. Does that seem reasonable? Also, do you guys recommend to get one with the Jaguar certified warranty?

    The average retail price of '02-'03 XJs in the NE area seems to be around $25K, so the prices you saw seem to be at least reasonable, if not bargains. I agree with tag that if you can afford to spend around $28-32K for an '04, you'll get a much better car.

    I've owned a '96 XJ-S, '98 XK8 and '00 XKR, and currently own a new XK. In my experience, each Jag has been much better and much more reliable than the last. The '00 was largely trouble free until it started to have transmission issues. A certified warranty is definitely a good idea. You don't want to be stuck with a $3K repair bill.
  • mstendermstender Posts: 17
    Thanks for the info TagMan and lexusguy!
    Is the '04 really so much better of a car overall, not only in terms of its reliability?
    The '03 XJs that I looked at were alll really nicely equiped (heated seats, premium sound, CD changer etc. plus VDP interior) whereas some of the '04 that I found in a reasonable price range seem to have more of a basic equipment. It seems like the '04 VDPs go for a little higher than $32K. How is the rear leg room in the short wheel base '04?

    Thanks,

    Matt
  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWPosts: 1,611
    How do you 2004 or newer XJ owners find the insurance rates? The lighter aluminum build is a mixed blessing in that the repair bills for body damge should be much higher.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    How do you 2004 or newer XJ owners find the insurance rates? The lighter aluminum build is a mixed blessing in that the repair bills for body damge should be much higher.

    The insurance rates are no different than for any other car in the price range. If the car gets some body damage, you would pay your deductible and the rest is on the insurance company. So, in the end, the rates and deductible make everything the same. It's a non-issue.

    TagMan
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Is the '04 really so much better of a car overall, not only in terms of its reliability?
    The '03 XJs that I looked at were alll really nicely equiped (heated seats, premium sound, CD changer etc. plus VDP interior) whereas some of the '04 that I found in a reasonable price range seem to have more of a basic equipment. It seems like the '04 VDPs go for a little higher than $32K. How is the rear leg room in the short wheel base '04?


    The roots of the '03 date back to the 1986 "XJ40" series XJ6. The car was updated several times inside and out, but like the last gen XK, its bones are very old. The '04 is the first complete redesign of the XJ since '86. The new car is a world apart from the old one. Take one for a drive.
  • mstendermstender Posts: 17
    Thanks a lot for the info lexusguy!

    What was your experience with the Jag dealership(s) so far especially in terms of service, responsiveness and friendlieness?
    I had really mixed ones with Mercedes, one was really great and the other one really sucked.

    Thanks, Matt
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    What was your experience with the Jag dealership(s) so far especially in terms of service, responsiveness and friendlieness?
    I had really mixed ones with Mercedes, one was really great and the other one really sucked.


    I know how bad sucky Mercedes service can be. That is what ultimately caused me to switch teams and get a Lexus eleven years ago. I've had my Jags serviced at L.B. Smith Jaguar. I think I'd give them an overall grade of B-, ok, not great. Unfortunately I don't really have any experience with any other dealers, so I can't give you more of a picture than that. Check out the XJ owners forums, they'll probably be able to tell you a lot more than I can.
  • mstendermstender Posts: 17
    Hi,
    was wondering if anybody out there has any experience with buying a Jag (or any car for that matter) on ebay. It seems like there might be some great deals out there but I am a little bit concerned about it.
    It would be great it if you could share your experience(s).

    Thanks, Matt
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi - maybe you didn't see my reply to you in the Jag topic. The discussion you're looking for is at this link: Purchasing a Vehicle On-line (eBay, etc.). This isn't the right place. Good luck!

    (P.S. - please don't keep posting this in multiple discussions ;).)
  • mstendermstender Posts: 17
    I was wondering if anybody out there had any experience or info about texascarsdirect.com and/or luxurymotors.com. It seems like they have some incredible deals on some Jaguars amd Mercedes, maybe to good to be true. Are they reputable dealers?

    Thanks, Matt

    :confuse:
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Hi Merc

    This was seven years ago----seems like yesterday---I had Lexus 400, or 430, I forget....Seems like Pat and I are the only ones left, so if you don`t make a re-appearance soon, it will be `lights out` Tony
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Tony, it's such a sad occassion. It seems like only yesterday that Pat was having to intervene every other post for being off topic, including several of mine. Ah, the good ol' days.

    With Merc, LJ, and some of the others gone away, this place is really dim. So much history here. But at least Doc, Tag, LG, HP, houdini, yourself, myself, and a slew of newfound posters still have a place to duke it out.

    So long, HELC. You'll definitely be missed, but never forgotten. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    Hey, Tony.

    Most of us didn't leave. We just moved to a less rigid location. :)

    I occasionally get nostalgic like that when I take a 10 year old property tax receipt out of the drawer. Nothing like the good old days! ;)
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 6,067
    Obviously I still have this forum in my tracked items and continue to hope that Merc will be back.

    I guess he just finally ran out of arguments so LEXUS WINS!! Hear that Merc...LEXUS WINS!!!

    Actually I am beginning to like Mercedes more...just need a little bit of convincing.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Actually I am beginning to like Mercedes more...just need a little bit of convincing.

    I still regard Mercedes products of '00 through '05 or so as "avoid at all costs" but it seems like Mercedes is starting to get their quality mojo back. My wife and I will be looking at the GLK when her X3 lease runs out, where as a few years ago we wouldn't even consider getting a Benz.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 6,067
    Agreed. And if those pics that Tag posted were accurate, the GLK looks great. Especially with the diesel option.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Agreed. And if those pics that Tag posted were accurate, the GLK looks great. Especially with the diesel option.

    Did I hear my name? Where is this place? :confuse:

    TagMan
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    This must be the topic with the most number of posts I've ever seen.

    It dates all the way back to my early days at Edmunds. Wow.

    Ladyblue :shades:
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 6,067
    Most of the posters on this forum have migrated over to the Luxury Lounge forum. This one became a little to narrow in scope. Come on over. We could use a woman's touch.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hey there. Great to see you again. :D
  • I am mid-30s, used to be a software company executive, now am an attorney. Looking to get a nice 5-6 year old luxury car to put in the stable for the singlular purpose of carrying clients to dinner or golf, and 5-6 long road trips to visit clients. Price range: 18-22k. The car will need to be in service for about 4 years before replacement. I am currently looking at 2001 BMW 740IL, 2002 MBZ E55 AMG, and 2001-02 MBZ S430. I have ruled out Jags. Do you have a preference for a car in this group and age range with about 60k on the odo? Thanks.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Well good luck in your new profession, and odd as it may be, I am using a copyright attorney for a small problem right now....Personally I would think the S430 would have a nice subdued look and work better for your needs....A word of caution though---the repairs could be very expensive on any of them----Also logic would suggest to stay away from any amg, unless you know it`s history......Again `Good Luck` Tony
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