When buying a car. I do my homework. I looked up the MOT history. The Jag had never failed one. It did have the odd advisory here and there, but most MOT reports were clean (As opposed to the Rover 75's I looked up. Most had a failure somewhere in their history). Since the Jag had such a clean history (and low mileage for its age), it was worth a punt.
X-Type Jags are interesting. OK, they're nothing more than a Ford Mondeo in a party dress, but what a party dress! I also looked at the prices that they tend to go for on Ebay. It worked out that you could buy an X-Type (irrespective of spec) for between £750 and £2250. Before anyone comments. Yes, some are more expensive! I went for an average price for a road going car.
To cut a long story short. I got the Jag for £1340. The Auction ended on the 14th and I collected the car yesterday.
I had quite a chat with the previous owner. He had looked at a number of Rover 75's himself. He could never find one he really liked, as they all had a fault of one sort of another. In a strange twist. He had bought the Jag for his father. However. His father couldn't get in it as it was too low. Yes, he had the Jag short term! Like myself. When he bought the Jag, he went through it from stem to stern. It even had 5 new tyres. Just like my Rover 25! We even had a chuckle about Reliant 3-wheelers and BMW owners. No matter. Let's move on....
Some would say the the drive home was uneventful. However, there are comparisons to be made. The Jags auto gearbox is a LOT smoother than my old 416. Every time that the 416 would change gear. There would be a slight 'nudge' in the back. In other words; You could feel the box changing. You couldn't feel anything in the Jag, but you could just hear the note of the engine changing. Smooth!
One difference that I found slightly annoying was the heater. The Jag has climate control. I've no idea if it's supposed to work differently, or it's just a detail that Jag have fitted. In both the 416 and my 25. Once you switch the fan on, it's ON. Not in the Jag. Once to switch the fan on. It slowly builds up speed to the desired setting. Because it has climate control. The heater and air-con are interlinked.
Another fun thing was the fuel consumption readout on the dash. The Jag was quoted as being able to return 30mpg on the extra urban circuit (25mpg on the urban circuit). I managed to get this figure up to 33mpg on the way home! Not bad eh? I'm going to switch that feature off. If I can't afford to put petrol in it, I shouldn't have bought the car in the first place!
One extra the Jag does have is folding wing mirrors. However. Unlike other cars that have them. The mirrors aren't automatic. There's a button on the driver side door that has to be pressed. I have to wonder about the number of other Jags out there that has this feature, but the owner doesn't know about it. So what's the 'state of play' at this moment?
There are a couple of things that I'll be doing. The Jag has a CD player in it. That'll be swopped out for a cassette player with a CD autochanger that goes in the boot. Although the CD player has the autochanger button. I still have cassettes. Why have all CD's when you can have more then one option?
Getting the parts is easy. I had thought about adding the touch screen sat-nav, but I'd never use it. Having said that. The Jag has cruise control. I doubt I'd be using that either.
Interesting times ahead.