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Chip Butty

New Jag's an old Jag

As has been mentioned previously, I live close to my current office, so my XF was not really getting used during the week. I had ordered a Caesium blue one to replace, but last month I took a stock Disco 4 instead to give to the missus.

So, I was after an interesting stop gap (throwing at something newish didn't seem to be a great idea given all the Brexity nonsense) and my initial thoughts are detailed elsewhere.

I ended up test driving a 2005 E46 M3 Coupe - a proper manual. Aside from the fact that it needed an inspection 2 and new tyres, I didn't like it. It was a real pig to drive at low speed, surprisingly sluggish below 5k, with heavy. sludgy steering - I was oot.

The obvious answer to all of those problems is a supercharged V8 Jag - this one is an early X204 (new rear end, further suspension tweaks, ally bonnet and some other stuff).

Radience red, 92k miles, an amazingly comprehensive set of receipts/work done and a very clean interior. It needs a bit of paint and dent removal here and there + a wheel refurb, but it drives very well. Like all good Jags, it's lovely to waft and mooch around in, especially when accompanied by a lovely throbby woofle. Very quick too.











Frank Bullitt

That is a nice car, the interior looks very inviting.
gonnabuildabuggy

Frank Bullitt wrote:
That is a nice car, the interior looks very inviting.


My thoughts entirely.
Roadsterstu

That's lovely. I've always had a soft spot for the S-Type R. It seems to me to be a much more developed ZT260 of sorts.
Enjoy  
Big Blue

Nice interior. Interesting comments on M3.
Chip Butty

May well have been a bad example - but it had lots of history and the engine made no funny noises from a cold start - so I assume the vanos was not goosed.

I suppose you have to remember that these are old cars now (approaching 12 years old) and even with good maintenance, 12 years worth of enthusiastic driving and pot holed roads takes it's toll on body integrity and all components that haven't been replaced.
Big Blue

Yeah that's an issue with so-called "youngtimers". You expect them to be better than classics but they haven't had that "kept in cotton wool and no expense or time spared" experience yet.
Blarno

Tidy, love the Styper. There was one in at the place I bought my SAAB from.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Blarno won't like your rear plate at all........

too much yellow
Racing Teatray

Nice. Can you take a company car and give it to your Mrs? Don't they wonder what happened if they think you are tooling about in product but instead rock up in something else?
Chip Butty

I barely do any work/commuting mileage and we can give our cars to family members if we choose to. Higher grades and those on grandfathered terms get two cars anyway - the second of which either ends up with a partner or blood relative.

My missus used to give her second car to her dad.
Michael

Do you get any special deals on the car when it comes to the end of the term?
Racing Teatray

Chip Butty wrote:
I barely do any work/commuting mileage and we can give our cars to family members if we choose to. Higher grades and those on grandfathered terms get two cars anyway - the second of which either ends up with a partner or blood relative.

My missus used to give her second car to her dad.


Amazing. It irks me that I work in an industry where company cars are non-existent.
Martin

The S Type looks pretty smart, I've not seen one that looks like that for a long time.

It's not a company car in the traditional sense is it? Isn't a heavily discounted employee lease scheme? (I'm sure it has a proper name!). Lindsay was offered a job at Mercedes HPP and the package included 2 x cars, the first was about 10p a month and the second a bit more. My Cousins husband is Marketing Director for MB cars and has got a CLS63, my cousin has an GLE 350 and my Uncle has a C250 AMG Line.  My uncle pays the most but it's still under 200 a month all in iirc.

It's a really good benefit,  I'm surprised the government hasn't picked up on and taxed.
PG

Love that S Type R. A hugely underrated car. And that's a great colour and trim.
Chocy Rocky

Looks good.



Chip Butty wrote:

I don't like 1st gen XK (X100) or anything with " type " in the name - unless prefixed by an " F ".


Frank Bullitt

Martin wrote:

It's a really good benefit, I'm surprised the government hasn't picked up on and taxed.


Indeed, it's amazed me since finding out what my B.I.L's best-mate was paying for a Mondeo 2.2STDCi estate about ten years ago (he works at JLR and I think they still have access to Ford).
Chip Butty

Quote:
I'm surprised the government hasn't picked up on and taxed.


There is nothing to tax because these schemes make very good profits for the manufacturers (when the returned vehicle is sold as used stock to the retail network) and HMRC regularly audit.

It's a good benefit for employee and employer (no car allowance to pay, no traditional company car to fund and it drives a rich income stream).

Quote:
I don't like 1st gen XK (X100) or anything with " type " in the name - unless prefixed by an " F ".


or suffixed by an " R "

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