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Old 03-22-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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2002 S-Type Jaguar (http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/2916608253.html - broken link)

I already left a message with the seller. If this car checks out, I am going to buy it. But why so cheap?
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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It was their entry level car. Similar to the Lincoln LS and 02 Thunderbird. The underpinnings are the same. The Jag has a 4.0 V8.

I am guessing it might have mechanical issues or a ton of miles.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It was their entry level car. Similar to the Lincoln LS and 02 Thunderbird. The underpinnings are the same. The Jag has a 4.0 V8.

I am guessing it might have mechanical issues or a ton of miles.
Actually the entry-level car was the X-type.

All Jaguars have poor resale values, which would partly account for the cheap price.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:17 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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$3200 for what normally sells closer to $5-6K tells me that there's something the owner isn't disclosing upfront. Unless you're a helluva mechanic or you're on a first name basis with a good one, I'd just avoid that car.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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It was their entry level car. Similar to the Lincoln LS and 02 Thunderbird. The underpinnings are the same. The Jag has a 4.0 V8.

I am guessing it might have mechanical issues or a ton of miles.
The S-type was sold with both a 3.0L V6 and a 4.0L or 4.2L V8 depending on year. The S-type shared the platform with the LS and t-bird.

The Craigslist listing is vague. I expect if the listing is legitimate it is a V6 with very high miles. It doesn't look like an abused car based on the picture. But a listing with so little information is usually that way for a reason.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:01 PM
 
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I bet it has a salvage title.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:10 PM
 
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There's no such thing as a cheap Jaguar.
Even if the purchase price is reasonable, once you have to keep one running on a reliable basis, your wallet may wind up empty.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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Whoops, I stand corrected.

I know there are issues that linger with my Lincoln. I could keep dumping money into it. The main issue is the misfire and coil packs. Last repairs were $700. I am at the point where with the miles and everything else, I will run it as is.

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Old 03-22-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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True? Yes. Too GOOD to be true? No.

Jaguar's are unreliable, especially that old, especially this model. I've seen a lot of people buy this model simply because of the Jaguar name and the price, don't do it.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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Probably has one or more of the following characteristics:
-Salvage title
-150,000-175,000+ miles
-Multiple accidents on carfax
-Current owner hasn't put a dime into it so it needs $$$ put into it. Things that don't make it undriveable, but maintenance that still needs to be done.

If the mileage was low or normal, he probably would have mentioned it in the ad.
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