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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 09:59am on 2007-04-06 under ,

Note to self: stop saying, "But it's a Jaguar, in my price range." Even if it weren't for Jags' reputation for needing frequent maintenance and the "needs work" in the ad, there's just no way the double bass is going into a two-door Jaguar unless that sunroof is way bigger than any sunroof I've ever seen.

But I could strap the bass to the roof with bungee cords!

(I guess a motorcycle is out of the question too.)

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posted by [identity profile] metahacker.livejournal.com at 02:02pm on 2007-04-06
Jaguar, the Ford subsidiary? No thanks. :-P

My dad's friend had a Jag. It was great. It *actually* spent more time in the shop over the 2-3 years he owned it than on the street. And you had to go through the glovebox to get to the last spark plug.
posted by [identity profile] dglenn.livejournal.com at 03:14pm on 2007-04-06
A neighbour got a Jag when I was a kid. That was when I first heard the advice [livejournal.com profile] sjo repeated below, which was what I meant be "reputation for needing frequent maintenance".
posted by [identity profile] sjo.livejournal.com at 02:10pm on 2007-04-06
You should only ever buy a Jag if you can afford two of them. One to be in the shop, and the other to be the one that's actually running that day.
posted by [identity profile] dglenn.livejournal.com at 03:05pm on 2007-04-06
That was exactly the advice I heard from my father when I was a child and a neighbour bought a Jag. (It sure was pretty though.)

I also heard that they spend even more time in the shop if you don't drive 'em really fast for a while every week or two -- something about the engine getting gunked up if it doesn't get a workout. I don't know whether that's true or not, but it was part of the lore when I was a kid.
posted by [identity profile] sjo.livejournal.com at 03:33pm on 2007-04-06
My ex-husband's uncle owned two Jags for precisely that reason. The same is true of Rolls Royce, apparently. British cars... pretty, but impractical.
posted by [identity profile] madkingludwig.livejournal.com at 02:15pm on 2007-04-06
Funny, but I am doing the same thing.
Needs: Going back to school, not sure where yet. Will need something reliable, probably a small pick-up with a cap on the back for roadtrips, emergency camping, and moving my worldly goods to wherever the heck I am going. Something there are a lot of for ease of parts, Ford Ranger/Chevy S-10 and the like. Low miles, could be a while until the next car.

What I am looking at: A 1950 Pontiac Silver Streak on eBay. It's sweet.
posted by [identity profile] dglenn.livejournal.com at 03:09pm on 2007-04-06
I was thinking maybe a cheap pickup with a cap, until [livejournal.com profile] syntonic_comma pointed out that the bed would not be heated, which could pose a problem for wooden musical instruments in wintertime (specifically the double bass, which would be the whole point of getting something with a big cargo area in the first place).

I think maybe I'd better not even look up the Silver Streak. Distractions abound as it is.
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posted by [personal profile] zenlizard at 02:18pm on 2007-04-06
I agree, strapping a motorcycle to the roof of a Jaguar with bungee cords is out of the question.
posted by [identity profile] dglenn.livejournal.com at 03:10pm on 2007-04-06
Might be able to put a bicycle up there though ...
posted by [identity profile] louiseroho.livejournal.com at 02:53pm on 2007-04-06
My husband's birthday is on April 22nd and I've already bought him a standing mixer, but he knows about it because the box is in the middle of the kitchen. He would be bowled over if I got him a Jaguar too. Of course, we couldn't KEEP it, but.....

I wish I had $5000 to spend on a Gag Gift for Lee.
Or $1500 (http://baltimore.craigslist.org/car/306449851.html)?
If it was his 40th and not just his 38th, I would do it.

Damn, that is a fine looking car!
Dang. The XJS V-12 is exactly the Jaguar I always wanted. But I don't have the time or skill to do car restoration, or the money to pay someone else to do it. Dang.
posted by [identity profile] writerjanice.livejournal.com at 08:12pm on 2007-04-06
Way back in the mists of time, my office mate and I were both looking at purchasing "the first new car." I was looking at Dodges, Plymouths, and Chryslers. He was looking Mercedes..

He got his Mercedes shortly before Christmas, while I kept looking. So for Christmas, my spouse bought me a Jaguar.

Of course, it was only 7 inches long. But it was nice to go into the office after Christmas, put it up on a shelf and invite the office mate to admire my new pink Jaguar convertible....

posted by [identity profile] doubleplus.livejournal.com at 05:00pm on 2007-04-06
Did you get my email about cars? I sent it to the address I had for you and the livejournal.com address, and got two copies of the new address message that seemed to indicate that it probably got forwarded. If not, I'll re-send it.
posted by [identity profile] skreidle.livejournal.com at 05:08pm on 2007-04-06
As I understand it, Jaguar fixed a lot of the issues that were causing so many repair issues--including outsourcing the engine, if I recall correctly.

This does not apply to 1987.

And it still won't fit a double-bass.



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