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|29th January 2008, 21:32||#18|
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That's a beauty, something about the streamlined Jaguar shape that I just love. More pics would be nice, both interiors and exteriors.
|29th January 2008, 23:42||#21|
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Nice looking car !! do keep us updated with more pics and reports
|30th January 2008, 00:38||#22|
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Time for a detailed post.
First - how I ended up buying this one. A Jag is not a car that I would recommend to anyone and if someone were indeed planning to buy one I would try to dissuade them to the best of my ability. What goes around, however, has a nasty habit of coming around and now I have one too!
Most of you know the story of how my Lumina now lies in a garage awaiting a new engine. For those who came in late, it rained in Dubai and I drove into a flooded street. The rest, as they say, is a cracked engine block.
Pretty soon I decided I will need to look for another vehicle. I had a budget in mind which stretched to a Chevrolet CSV CR8 at the top end and a Toyota FJ Cruiser at the bottom end.
Two very different vehicles, but thats because I toyed with both options:
1. Sell Lumina, get a replacement, preferably more powerful and slightly more upmarket.This is when a friend of ours suggested the used car market. He suggested a sparingly used luxury/sports car as my budget was good enough to get a few good brands.
Accordingly I spent a weekend with Gulf News classifieds. Went and (very reluctantly) saw some BMW M3s and some older M5s. I wasnt happy because these machines had been abused and the owners were very very young in most cases. Besides, I've always been for underdogs and an obviously quick car was not what I was looking for - I wanted something relatively unknown, or a sort of sleeper car.
Thats when we saw the ad for the Jag S-Type R while looking for XJRs. The XJRs were stratospherically priced and so out of the question.
This car was perfect in all respects - Jaguar hadnt sold a lot of "R"s in the S-Type range - just about a dozen or two over the years. Here was the perfect sleeper car - unknown except to those in the know, just like my Lumina SS which was often confused with the Lumina S (3.6 litre V6) by those that didnt know better. I BOUGHT THIS CAR FOR THE ENGINE !!!
The mileage at 30k-ish was low for a 2.3 year old car, the owner was a car nut himself and an older chap with several vehicles. This was his 'weekend' car. Hence the fewer miles on the odo.
Still, it was a Jag - a company that was about to be sold, and a model that was about to be discontinued. Truth to be said, I've never liked the S-Type's looks but the R had a certain mean look about it - the grille was different and most importantly it had NO chrome garnish. In black, it looked like a stealth bomber. The curves suddenly took on a menacing tone.
I was sold. We bargained hard and got a really good deal in the end. Around the same price as a Toyota FJ Cruiser, which was the bottom end of my budget.
The Pros so far:
1. Power delivery is linear - I miss the Lumina's sudden acceleration followed by sedate cruising. Here the power delivery just goes on and on and on - how do I cruise? Damn - I sound really american now.
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|30th January 2008, 09:16||#24|
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Congrats Steer, that's a car that many of us can only dream of.
I guess the Lumina stays too... what a way of turning things around!
You forgot to mention that the sub-woofer does not work for phone calls in the car
|30th January 2008, 09:34||#26|
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happy for the Jag, sad for the lumina still waiting for the block!
i can imagine you drive this baby all the way to AD or AL - gain speed; slow down, camera; gain speed; slow down, camera; gain speed; slow down, camera; .... life just goes on!!!
have a great time mate!
|30th January 2008, 09:49||#29|
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Congrats on the new Tata
Admit it Sir, a great handling car is better than a car that needs to be second guessed around corners.
I mean, I get what you say, a car that has to be muscled and forced around the bends, puts hair on your chest and fire in your loins and all that. But what we all need is a nice docile lady who will get kinky just the way you want, when you are looking for spice.
Now to sit back and wait for a sharp, quick witted response from the old man.
|30th January 2008, 10:39||#30|
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hey buddie,thats a machine i used to dream a few years back,jag was always my favourite and congrats on your desert rose.amazing road presence and shape.
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