Re: forsale 1979 Jaguar mint
In article <743f3$42d69d46$45282aca$27022@ALLTEL.NET>,
"webserve" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Original mint maybe... but then you will need two jags.. one to drive
> > the other one is in the garage getting fixed .
> Statements like this have always amazed me!!
> I have been driving Jaguars since 1973 and I have found them to be as
> reliable as any other car around. Currently I have 3 Jags. The XJ40 just
> turned 210,000 miles on the clock with no problems and no warning lights. It
> is a daily driver. Occasionally I do get a warning light but that is
> because of a problem. Many of the parts on this car are interchangeable
> with parts from Mercedes and BMWs of the era including the ZF Transmission
> and Girling or Bosch brake parts.
> The 60s saloon has well over 120,000 miles on it and after a $40 conversion
> from a Lucas 3-part alternator to a GM built-in alternator/voltage
> regulator, the car has been trouble free. It, too is a daily driver.
> Again, the parts for this car are the same as for many of the American cars
> of the era and in fact the Borg Warner Transmissions on the Jags were the
> same as on MANY American cars to say nothing of the Dunlap and Lockheed
> brake systems.
> The Nissan has had to have 3 rubber timing belt replacements in the 250,000
> miles I have owned it as well as the normal water pump and Mass air flow
> The Dodge truck has nearly 100,000 miles on it and I have had to replace the
> oil pump, the water pump, t-stat, serpentine belt, alternator and other
> normal wear-out items. The oil pump was the worst because you have to
> nearly remove the engine to get to it.
> Sounds to me like you need to keep the Jag and find a better garage!!!
> Better yet, learn how to do the work yourself so the repairs on the Jag are
> no more costly than any other car. The parts certainly aren't any more
> expensive than my Nissan or Dodge and the engineering is far superior!!
My '71 Jag, which I've had for 34 years, took about 30K miles to wring
the problems out of it. That was when the second fuel pump failed.
(first one failed at 400 miles) Third one, American built (yikes, not
original) is still going strong at 85K. The Lukas electrics have all
worked so far except for the clock, which is a Smith. It died the day
after the warranty expired. It hasn't worked since. The only other thing
which failed was the slave hydralic cylinder in the clutch; it failed
just as I pulled into the garage at home after work!!! Boy was that fun
to replace. I couldn't get it out, so I had to rebuild it under the car.
I think I still have hydralic fluid in my ears.