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Car Nutters - Which Should I Get?  
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

Hey guys,

Since my little car accident last year in Monaco I *still* haven't bought a car of my own. I've been driving a 2001 Holden Commodore owned by my parents-in-law while they're out of the country, but they'll soon be coming to Australia so I have to vacate the car.

I've been a big fan of Jaguar for a long time and drove an S-Type when I was in France. I'm keen to re-live the experience, so I've been looking at a few alternatives. I've narrowed it down to either the Jaguar XJ6 X350 or the Mercedes-Benz E350 Elegance W211. Do you guys have any advice for me? Any experiences with either cars or a similar model?

QFF

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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1336 times:
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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7408 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1336 times:
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It's a no brainer, go for the E-class Benz


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User currently offlineKCMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

BMW 3 Series. Finest cars on the street


Dustoff
User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

I would go for Jaguar.


R-E-S-P-E-C-T
User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

Quoting KCMike (Reply 3):
BMW 3 Series. Finest cars on the street

Shush! Don't let the word out.



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1297 times:

Go for the Jag mate, it will remind you of the superior majesty of the colonial motherland!!  Wink Merc spares and servicing can get a little frightening in the southern hemisphere, have you considered a big V8 Holden or Ford? Just as much fun!

User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1291 times:

As beautiful as at least some of them are, outside of Britain, Jags are rather tacky.

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1291 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 6):
Go for the Jag mate, it will remind you of the superior majesty of the colonial motherland!!

I literally gagged on my Coke-Zero when I read that.

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 6):
Merc spares and servicing can get a little frightening in the southern hemisphere, have you considered a big V8 Holden or Ford?

Look, I've been driving this Holden for a fair few months now and I'm just not feeling it. There was something really special about cruising along the winding bends of the grande cornishe in my little Jag. There's something about those shiny european cars that really floats my boat.

QFF


User currently offlineUpstateDave From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1289 times:

Over the past few years, reports have said the Jaguars have been lacking in quality. Go for the Benz!


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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1279 times:

Quoting UpstateDave (Reply 9):
Jaguars have been lacking in quality.

Coz they is Fords really!


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1274 times:

So I should go for the Merc?

QFF


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1274 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 10):
Coz they is Fords really!

But they still look great! Here, Mercedes is always the brand associated with people with money but no style. Jaguars are rarity and the only one I've seen belongs to a a well-known musician Goran Bregovic (he always has silver Jaguar).



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1271 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 8):
I literally gagged on my Coke-Zero when I read that.

I gagged when I read that you are drinking Coke-Zero.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1263 times:

Quoting UpstateDave (Reply 9):
Over the past few years, reports have said the Jaguars have been lacking in quality. Go for the Benz!

Hve you read reports about Benz's of late? The only Benz I'd currently buy new is the CLS and possibly the new S Class.

My father had a 2000 built S500 in the UK and after 4yrs the ignition motor went, cost $1500. Then in April that battery started failing for no apparent reason, the Benz dealer couldn't fix it and it was becoming a big hassle. They thought it was a problem with the COMAND system (Navigation, TV , CD player unit) but weren't sure as it was a new thing to them. They were going to have to take the dashboard apart and then put it back together without re-assurance of fixing the problem. With worries about it rattling like buggery and a bill for new brake pads and disc estimated at $12,000 the keys were handed back. This was only after 90,000 miles!

At one stage my father was doing a lot of daytrips to AMS from LHR and was getting up at 3.30am to find the car battery flat. He was jump starting it and driving it to the airport and would come back at 9pm to find it as flat as a pancake so he started taking my brother's car and showed me how to jump start it off my mother's car and gave me the keys for a couple of months. I was miffed by the end but was fine for trips into town, nights out, boarding school reunions etc  Wink

He spoke to another chap who he knows that had similar issues with his S Class and work colleague has a new style E Class that is showing similar problems at 1yr of driving.

Apparently the new CLS is meant to be much better, but time will tell. If it turns out to be decent it could well be on the shopping list next time around. MB just dropped the ball when it came to build quality in the late 90s until late and I think the present E Class is part of that phase.

Have to say I am not a fan of Jags and would never buy one, but the present XJ gets good reviews. If I were in your shoes I'd consider an Audi A8 or top of the line A6.



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1263 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 13):
Coke-Zero



Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 12):
money but no style.

There's a profile building here  Smile


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1259 times:

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 12):
But they still look great! Here, Mercedes is always the brand associated with people with money but no style.

Im definately gonna be riding in an E-Class this March. From the airport in Warsaw to my place in the city...Should be a good taxi ride  Silly

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 15):
There's a profile building here

Let me grab a whiff of my Coke Lime.


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1259 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 13):
I gagged when I read that you are drinking Coke-Zero.

Hey - what's wrong with Coke-Zero?

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 12):
But they still look great! Here, Mercedes is always the brand associated with people with money but no style.

I think that's a bit of a sweeping statement, Aleksandar. If I could afford it I'd go for a Rolls, but it's very impractical. It would also make me a complete political hypocrite.  Wink

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 15):
There's a profile building here

Um - excuse me? lol


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1256 times:

How about a Mustang??  bigthumbsup 




Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineJetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1251 times:

I just bought a new E280CDI. Trust me before you by any car drive one of these. 35-40MPG on the highway and has more power than you would have ever though possible. They are sensational. The Jaguars have resale like a gliding brick


Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1251 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 17):
If I could afford it I'd go for a Rolls, but it's very impractical. It would also make me a complete political hypocrite.

Get a Bentley then but if its political credibility you're after you really should drive Australian made and nothing that could be associted with England or Englishness, both the Rolls and the Bentley are British Upper class cars but really they're German...remind you af any Royal families in the UK??

Serioulsy though, if it could bite you in the political butt I'd be very careful what you buy.

I drive a Nissan, perfect and total annonymity  Wink


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 1229 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 20):
I drive a Nissan, perfect and total annonymity

So your not denying the fact that you like the French more than the Brits?

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 17):
Hey - what's wrong with Coke-Zero?

It tastes like sawdust...yes ive tasted sawdust before. Dont ask me why.


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 1227 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 20):
Get a Bentley then but if its political credibility you're after you really should drive Australian made and nothing that could be associted with England or Englishness, both the Rolls and the Bentley are British Upper class cars but really they're German...remind you af any Royal families in the UK??

True true. Still if I were to get either it would be a second hand for $60,000. So it's not likely. Honestly, I really don't like the look of the new bentleys. Those crossed grills look cheap and unfinished.

To be honest, my political associates couldn't care less what I drove. If they questioned me driving a British car, I'd tell them that in the same manner we welcome British immigrants into this country - why not British cars that wish to defect?  Wink

QFF


User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 927 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 1227 times:

I would say that in your price range, consider a Lexus LS. They are by far and away superior to anything the Germans build these days.

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 8):
Look, I've been driving this Holden for a fair few months now and I'm just not feeling it. There was something really special about cruising along the winding bends of the grande cornishe in my little Jag. There's something about those shiny european cars that really floats my boat.

That's too bad...I would killto get some of your big RWD V8 cars here in Canada - we don't even get the Pontiac GTO (rebadged Monaro).



Time...to un-pimp...ze auto!
User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 6):
have you considered a big V8 Holden or Ford? Just as much fun!

but with half the class. the Holden/Ford is a blue collar working man's car.


25 Post contains images Jafa39 : Nissans are J-A-P-A-N-E-S-E dude! So people stand at the docks shouting "F*** Off yer Pommy bastards" at containers full of Jaguars eh?
26 Kevinl1011 : Holden HSV dude! Nobody can touch that.
27 Post contains links ANCFlyer : www.ford-trucks.com .
28 Post contains links and images Kevinl1011 :    I'm sorry, wrong link! www.sucksfuellikeapig.com[Edited 2006-01-31 09:05:32]
29 Post contains links APFPilot1985 : HSV GTO http://www.hsv.com.au/cars/vz/main.asp?link=main/gto.html
30 Post contains images Kevinl1011 :
31 LOT767-300ER : When you check out who owns a 44% controlling stake of Nissan, report back here. Let me give you a couple clue words so you know what to search for i
32 Post contains images Cornish : Fbg is right - the current E-class in particular has got a bad reputation for reliability - a shame as it spoils a very good car. also Mercedes quali
33 Bill142 : Jags break easily and costly to fix. British cars were always known for their lack of reliability. Personally, having always wanted a German car, and
34 Kevinl1011 : Not to mention the Board of Directors. As Automobile manufacturers "Globalize" (my word), it seems that the corporate philosophy is unclear. Is seems
35 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : Hey, I drive a Mercedes! I do love it, but the electrical system is worrying me a bit. Before it comes off warranty I will have the dealer take a goo
36 Jafa39 : Good God man! This is news to me, no wonder Nissans are boring!!!! At least Nissans aren't manufactured in that peculiar "French" fashion that makes
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