Question about 2000 Jaguar S-Type
Hi im looking at buying a Daimler Jaguar Mk II V8 1965 but I know practically nothing about cars. You can view this car here http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motors/Cars/Daimler/Jaguar/auction-199526464.htm and the auction closes Sunday! Any advice would be much appreciated! It seems like a good price and I know it will need money spending on it but I dont mind if its not in showroom condition so long as it runs ok and I can use it reliably several times a week.
The SP250 would not be your getaway car!! Optimum cruising speed is about 55mph. Beware of rust on this model. My fathers one had a small spot at the bottom of the drivers door, in 6 months in a irish winter had it spread very quickly, They rust as quick as the BJ40 70's toyota land cruisers. If as you say you need something that will run reliably, i would go for something that you can inspect the service history. If you have no proof other than the word of the seller that all this work was done on the car in the past 15 -20 years, ask for it, Ask for garage receipts, parts lists etc. If the seller cant produce them, Then generally avoid! If he can produce this stuff, ask him why he is selling it, you might get yourself a good buy there.
When you go to see the car make sure the engine is cold first
When you go to start it turn the ignition on, wait for all the gauges and ticking to stop before hitting the start button on the dashboard
Check floor and boot for rust
Check behind the front bumper for rust too, If the door cards are loose have a look behind them for rust inside the doors.
Let the engine warm up. Rev it hard and check for smoke. If it is blue, its burning oil. If it's black a tune up is needed
Posted on Feb 06, 2009
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