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Hello fellow car enthusiasts,

recently a friend of mine had a fender binder (literally) with his Jaguar X300. As it was his fault and he did not have full coverage, he decided to sell the car as-is. I could not resist on this one...

After I drove it home I took this photo, excuse poor quality, it was taken with my mobile phone camera:

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I repaired the car with used parts and had it painted, yesterday I did some final assemblies and voilà, here's the outcome:

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The Jag is of 1995 vintage and is the 4.0 liter Sport version. With 134,000 kms ( some 85,000 mls) it surely has some life left. I got it pretty cheap, so selling it will gain me a little profit.

Now comes the hard part, keeping the Jag or the Cadillac? My Cadillac has served me so well and is such a blast to drive (despite being speed-limited to 215 kph). The Jaguar is very elegant and the interior is very nice. OTOH, the Cadillac's engine is so wonderful, the responsiveness, economy and reliability is outstanding. Interior roominess is a plus for the Cadillac too, as is ride smoothness.

An advantage of the Jaguar is handling characteristics and the better spare parts situation on this side of the pond.

I've got potential buyers for both cars, so this is no concern. Keeping both is a bit too much, I'm running out of storage capacity with seven cars already :-)

I think I'm gonna keep the Cadillac, anyone talk me into the Jaguar?

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Stefan

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I think I'm gonna keep the Cadillac, anyone talk me into the Jaguar?

You're asking people on caddyinfo.com to talk you into the JAG?! :lol:

It's a very nice car though, Stefan, and you apparently did a nice job restoring it after the accident. In going to your profile I definitely like your Caddy better. Nothing against the Jaguar in particular, just my taste. I do envy your position, sir ;)

What I know about Jaguars I can write on my thumb, but here's a decent forum: http://forums.jag-lovers.org. They have an X300 section, you may want to see what they have to say.

HTH:

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Tough call Stef, I always thought Jag had the best looking 4 door till the cadillac STS/SLS came out (low slung) but thats a sharp lookin car, you did well on the body work.

Go with your gut, (i'd be 50/50)

Good luck, Joe

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Use the Jag as your winter driver and keep both.

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From what I was told, a Jaguar made just before Ford took over, had quality control issues and they experience a lot of expensive mechanical problems. My wife's Uncle had a 1969 like that body style that he fixed after it was wrecked. He ended up selling it for a profit back to the people who wrecked it. I thought it was a little short on headroom. I always did like those models though.

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I think I'm gonna keep the Cadillac, anyone talk me into the Jaguar?

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Stefan

You said a lot of good things about the cadillac. You know I will assist you in getting parts like I did with the rear knuckle, so that is not a really big deal.

The question is, how do you feel in each car. When I ride in a Cadillac, I have a special feeling, that I can not explain, but I love it. Both cars are unique rare cars in your country I am sure, which makes this decision harder. How do you feel when you drive the caddy and how do you feel when you drive the jag? I think its a beautiful car the jag, but my neighbor has a leased one and its been nothing but trouble. I am not sure what year but it has had electrical problems, computer problems and the steering rack needed replacement because of seal leaks. He has been unhappy with it, but its probably only 2 years old.

I would check the link that Mark provided and see what others think. I can't help but think that given the name of their web site, jag-lovers :lol:, they will be biased toward Jags as much as we are biased toward Cadillacs :lol: It will be interesting to see what they think. Let us know.

If you decide to keep the Cadillac, you know I will be happy to help you acquire any parts you need. Mike

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I love that Jag,

I want one for Christmas,

This was my list last year and all I got was one of the firearms

You can see some gorgeous Jags on there,

I figured I have Cadillacs so a Jag would be nice..

I'd also love that new Rolls or an '02 Bentley

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Hello Gents,

thanks for the nice comments! I used to own Jaguar cars for 15 years, and never had the massive problems people are talking about. For me they were ideal cars back then; you could buy them cheap b/c people were afraid of them. They are not too hard to repair, once you understand the design philosophy and accept their shortcomings. And the body was always stylish.

When this X300 body-style was shown first in 1994, I promised myself that I'll own one of these one day.

So now I fulfilled that promise :-)

Perhaps I'll put temporary plates on it and drive around a little bit, but I'm pretty sure I'm gonna sell it and stay with Cadillac. Maybe I'll upgrade to the newer (98+) body style STS (see my post on the main board).

Regarding winter cars, the Cadillac would be much better in this respect!

I know the Jag-lovers site pretty well, thanks for the hint!

And Mike, thanks a lot for your offer, that makes my decision easier.

All, enjoy your Cadillacs,

Stefan

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Good job Stefank! I'm impressed! What are you going to ask for it (US $) you think? Btw, what year did they discontinue the big "Jaguar" hood emblem? Do the newer ones have them? I've always liked Jaguars, just never got the courage up to try one....one day though. ;)

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Epricedright,

thanks for the nice comment.

I will sell it for around € 6,000, that equals to some US$ 7,400. That is what a friend of mine offered me. It is a very clean car and definiteley a fine ride.

The so called "leapers" were dropped in the late sixties. The fixed ones are strictly forbidden over here (pedestrian impact). I know that in the US the Jaguar mascot is fitted by the dealer to most cars, at least upon customer's request.

If you ever decide to buy one, check the jag-lovers website, it's a great resource. The X300 with inline six engine is the way to go, very reliable and rather easy to repair. The interior is a bit cramped if you are used to a Cadillac, so you should try whether you fit in the driver's seat comfortably.

Best

Stefan

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Oh, I didn't think about that. Thanks for the heads up. I figured luxury car = roomy. I will certainly sit in a few before I start seriously looking for one. I had no idea the "leapers" were banned in Europe. Good luck with the sell, not that you'll need it I'm sure....she's a beaut!

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Nice job on the Jag. Looks sharp. My wife would love that car. She reminds every other day how much she would like one. This was a really nice thread until Fred posted with his idiocy and his porno link. Hopefully Bruce will get out his magic eraser and wipe Fred's post and porno link clean. I think it's safe to say that most if not all the female members of this board (including my wife) would be rightfully offended by Fred's post. Man.... you are on thin ice. I'd give you the boot if I had any say. People access this site at work and that's a real good way to get fired...... clicking on that link by mistake. Afterall this is a cadillac site not a self indulging porno site. There is no excuse for your level of stupidity and insensitivity.

Bruce,

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Hi Regis,

thanks for your friendly comments. Tell your wife she can get a nice one here in Germany :-)

I agree with your comments about The Fred's post, but there's a great function in my personal profile:

"Manage Ignored User". I can assure you it works great!

But I looked at it (did not follow the link thou) after I read your post and agree it should be deleted.

Best

Stefan

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I'll play devils advocate today.

How much could you get for the caddy? How much for the Jag? How much if you sold both and got a newer Caddy?....

OK maybe that didn't go in the direction I had at first thought...but I couldn't say sell both and get a new jag, sorry :P Nice job on the repairs.

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I will sell the Jaguar for sure. It is a nice car, but I do like the Cadillac better.

But I feel it's time for a new toy. I'm currently looking at 98+ STS's.

Checked one out which was very close to me, but this one showed a lot of trouble codes and was in terrible condition on the body-wise. It was a one- owner car with low miles, but the elderly owner damaged the bodywork everywhere, then used a spray can to make it "better". Definetley a complete paint job. The trunk was so wet and full of mold, you could grow mushrooms in there.

I found another one, also one owner, also low miles, which I'm going to check out next week.

Unfortunateley it is some 200 mls away. This is one of the pix the dealer sent me:

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We'll see.

Take care

Stefan

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Body work is totaly cosmetic. Most codes are a qiuck fix. (I said most codes). If there are engine or trany codes, come back here and post. There is enough experance here to guide you through the real problem codes. I have a 2001 and have had codes that left me scared as a rabbit chased by a fox. Post the codes and let us all with post 98's help you make a desicion. That is why we are all here. Remember the DIC shows all. Even non issue that can be fixed with litttle cost. The new to you model is an encredible upgrade. If you can find a 2001 or later, you will not belive the difference.The pic you posted is pre 2001 by the looks of the rims. It is still a far better car than the pre 98's. Find one, post back with codes, and let the experts here help.

Rick

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Rick,

of course you're right about the remarks regarding bodywork, but it's just not worth to do all the repair. You can get a better car for a little more money and don't have to mess around with all the work. Also parts are not so easy to obtain here, like in the US.

I'm not under pressure, so I shop around for the best deal.

Rest assured I'll post any codes I will find on the car of my choice :-)

For now I'm looking at the 1998 to 2000 STS, seems to me a very good value for money.

Thanks

Stefan

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my brother has a '96 4 litre sport, my father has a '97 3.2 litre xj6.

the sport is heavy on fuel and not much quicker than the 3.2.

the sport has a few items particular to that model and the motor is quite stressed at having its output tweaked. to that end the standard 4 litre is a more practical car compared to the sport version.

neither of the jags can compare with either the '97 ETC i had or my current STS.

sell the jag, you'll be glad to be rid of it.

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