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Hi all

 

I'm Sam, i'm 31 and run a health and fitness business in Brighton. I have owned a number of cars from a Clio V6, honda civic, Alfa 159 and now, sadly my business car, a Citroen c1 (secretly love that thing). Since my wife commandered my Honda Civic I am thinking of buying an Jag S type 2.5/3 litre petrol. It's purely a weekend car so MPG isn't really an issue and I like silky petrol engine. My parents are often not in the country so when they ARE back they need a car they can use and so I suggested sharing the Jag, good for both parties ;) I was thikning BMW or MERC

 

Anyway, I wanted to say hi to you all, any advice is greatly appreciated, I do tend to do alot of research before taking the plunge and i'm open more often to buying forum members cars as in my experience, they are better looked after!

 

All the best

 

Sam

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Hi Sam, and welcome to the club.

 

The s type is  great car both in looks and comfort.  It also drives rather well!

 

I note what you have said, and coincidentally a member has just put an s type up for sale [for one of his friends], which I think is a 3.0 litre petrol.

 

The 2.5 litre petrol is a good engine, that was more or less discontinued when the 2.7 diesel came out.  It is the engine that also went into the X type.

 

Regards,

 

Peter.

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Hi Pete

 

Thanks for the reply and heads up re the car for sale, i'll check it out. I am in no hurry to find one and i'm keen to look for the right one. I've seen a couple on Autotrader, I do prefer the facelift (I believe 2002 onwards?) however there are some well cared for pre facelift for sale too. Is this worth considering?

 

I know also rust can be an issue and to check the sills but which ones are these particularly?

 

please don't hurry to reply, I bet most newbies ask these questions!

 

Sam

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Hi Sam,

 

Having a late model S Type I have not had a rust problem.  There are members who have taken off the plastic covers and found some rust.  It can be rectified if it is spotted early enough.  Some cars with rust have been standing outside for some time without being used though.

 

Pre facelift models that are clean and well looked after can be quite a good buy, particularly if they have a good service history and good bodywork.  

 

Facelift models are 2003/04.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Ok so I can confirm I am now the proud owner of my first jaguar s type! It is a 2004 red with cream interior, FSH 2 owner 2.5 litre beauty. I also did find some 3 litre cars for my budget but ended up buying on condition. The car also me comes with 12 months mot, 6 months warranty, a full service and gearbox oil change. It has every extra and only 69k on the clock. How you can get these cars for so little is nothing short of incredible. One very happy new forum member here.

Thanks for the help, see you out there ;)

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Hi Sam,

 

It looks as if you have got a good car.  The 2.5 V6 engine is quite a good one.  A friend of mine bought one for himself brand new in Red for himself as a retirement present in 1999.  He never had a problem with it.

 

It will be less thirsty that the 3.0 litre, and still quite quick.

 

All you need to do nowise keep it nice and shiny and enjoy it!

 

Regards,

 

Peter. 

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Thanks Peter, no danger of that not happening, my neighbour always says I'll wear the paint out if I keep waxing my cars! Even my C1 gets that treatment. This one will be no exception of course! Although I'll now need some good leather care products to add to the range ;)

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Hi all

 

I'm Sam, i'm 31 and run a health and fitness business in Brighton. I have owned a number of cars from a Clio V6, honda civic, Alfa 159 and now, sadly my business car, a Citroen c1 (secretly love that thing). Since my wife commandered my Honda Civic I am thinking of buying an Jag S type 2.5/3 litre petrol. It's purely a weekend car so MPG isn't really an issue and I like silky petrol engine. My parents are often not in the country so when they ARE back they need a car they can use and so I suggested sharing the Jag, good for both parties ;) I was thikning BMW or MERC

 

Anyway, I wanted to say hi to you all, any advice is greatly appreciated, I do tend to do alot of research before taking the plunge and i'm open more often to buying forum members cars as in my experience, they are better looked after!

 

All the best

 

Sam

Hi Sam, I'm a first time Jag owner, 2001 4 litre xj8, silky smooth sums it up, smile like a kid every time I get behind the wheel, wish I'd done it earlier and in 5 months not a single problem. you have a tough choice, if it helps the jag does 28 on a run easily but a bit thirsty round town, but worth every penny.

 

gwyn

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Thanks Gwyn, I settled with a very good condition 2.5. The mpg doesn't bother me much as its a weekend car really. I must say I miss getting into a car at the weekend and being excited to drive it. My Citroen doesn't give me many smiles per mile!

Can't wait to pick in up in a couple weeks!

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