Quickly approaching 200,000 miles
August 6, 2018
I searched high and low for a 5-speed manual transmission and finally found one in a neighboring state. Owned and being sold by an older gentleman who could no longer use a clutch, I purchased the car for $2,400. The engine is unbelievably quiet and the transmission shifts very smoothly. While very comfortable, the interior looks and feels cheap. (I own a pristine Jaguar E-Type, so I have a slightly altered perspective on Jaguars.) The car is so quiet, I need to reference the tachometer to know when to shift gears. Fuel consumption is pleasing as I t seems to asymptotically approach 30 mpg on the highway, which is a surprise for a 15 year old, 3,700-pound V6. Unfortunately, the car leaks oil, noticeably. But, hey, when I've got the equivalent number of miles, I'll leak, too. At 200,000 miles, certain things should be expected to fail if not replaced; gaskets, o-rings, seals, weather stripping, timing belts, water pumps, certain steering and suspension components, and various sensors. The stock sound system is Moreno than adequate, but if you want bluetooth, you'll need to buy a later model year. Overall, having a Jaguar saloon with a manual transmission is very enjoyable and, so far, maintenance free.