Car Riddle

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by onlynameleft, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

    Messages:
    7,735
    Likes Received:
    468
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Well, heck, not to shine sun on the parade, but my everyday driver is a V-12 powered '86 Jaguar XJ-S. It (shockingly) has A/C -- it's a freakin GM/Harrison compressor for heaven's sake. Any two-bit mechanic can fix that, or, as per usual, just replace the thing for like $50. Just took it on a 400 mile trip in June. It gets great mileage at, er, extra-highway speeds (18.1 for a -12 isn't bad). With four-wheel, two-piston disk brakes the thing stops superbly, and as I have good rubber on it, it handles better than my other car in the rain, though I admit, if you want to play with the tail when the roads are wet, you don't have to ask twice, but that's just a power issue. But the thing is, you have to be either rich or really know your car and be competent at fixing anything that might go wrong with it. I am the later, except for the trans and the a/c, and I have guys for those (fortunately haven't needed the trans guy yet, at 102k). The Jaguar has never stranded me. I explosively disintegrated the main cooling fan (the blades went through the shroud and dented my hood from underneath, pissed me off) at 6500 rpm in 2nd one day; I stopped, looked, saw, knew enough to turn on the defrosters (forcing an override to engage the secondary electric cooling fan, released the hood to the safety stop, and drove home the twenty miles. Could have made it really any distance provided I didn't have to idle in traffic, and there are ways around being stopped by that also). Really the worst part is worrying that one day I will blow up the engine and then I'll be miserable because I'll miss the darn car so much. So if you are willing and able to put the necessary effort in, go for it. If not.... run. Regards, Huntsman [​IMG]
     


  2. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

    Messages:
    24,366
    Likes Received:
    410
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    Huntsman, a very nice car. I get more excited about older, well maintained, well designed cars than I do with new cars. Yours is a beauty.

    I also concur with you about your mileage, it's very good. V-12s are not necessarily as thirsty as most people believe them to be.
     


  3. onlynameleft

    onlynameleft Member

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Huntsman, a very nice car.

    +1
     


  4. GTR

    GTR Senior member

    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Jaguar XJ-S

    That's a nice shot
     


  5. G79

    G79 Senior member

    Messages:
    560
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2007
    Location:
    PHX, AZ
    Sweet ride and a nice pic to boot
     


  6. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

    Messages:
    7,735
    Likes Received:
    468
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Thanks.
     


  7. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

    Messages:
    25,745
    Likes Received:
    238
    Joined:
    May 24, 2002
    Location:
    Constantinople
    Sorry if my post seemed negative. I happen to love vintage cars, and have owned a couple early 70's muscle cars over the years. Realistically, there is really no car I've heard of that's 20 years or older that you can depend on for daily use--with the possible exception of a 20-year-old Honda or Toyota. Other things to consider-- Most older cars do not handle bad weather well. At best, they'll leak. At worst, you'll find the handling pretty tough on rainy or snowy roads. When you have a cool car, there's always the question of where to park it. The older cars do not have rubber bumpers, so an old car can be easily damaged parallel parking. If you park in a questionable neighborhood, there's always the fear someone will steal the wheel covers or trim. What about air-conditioning? Many vintage cars don't even have it. I have plenty of stories from my friends and family about trying to make an old car a daily driver. A vintage car is a fun luxury.
    This is simply not true. A '70s Mercedes can make the trek from SF to LA. Even a well-maintained Alfa Romeo can do that not to mention Porsches and the like. Perhaps a '70s 6.9? [​IMG]
     


  8. jkw

    jkw Senior member

    Messages:
    311
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2008
    Location:
    London
    What kind of mileage would a 6.9 do? Just wondering...
     


  9. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

    Messages:
    25,745
    Likes Received:
    238
    Joined:
    May 24, 2002
    Location:
    Constantinople
    What kind of mileage would a 6.9 do? Just wondering...

    Ideally something like 10-12.
     


  10. jkw

    jkw Senior member

    Messages:
    311
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2008
    Location:
    London
    That's not as bad as I thought
     


  11. tlmusic

    tlmusic Senior member

    Messages:
    931
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    This is simply not true. A '70s Mercedes can make the trek from SF to LA. Even a well-maintained Alfa Romeo can do that not to mention Porsches and the like.
    Sure, older cars can make occasional long trips. I just would not want to depend on them as daily drivers with several long trips a year as the OP wanted. When cars are as old as the OP considered (1968-1983) surprises can happen any time. I drove my '71 Olds Cutlass Supreme from Atlanta to Michigan. The car was great on the long trip. Later, the car almost killed me, 'cause the brakes failed suddenly. (it had a single well system) A woman I know owns an early 80's 190 E 2.3-16. She drove it every day 1.5 miles to her work until about a year ago when the motor blew. Even though she and her husband are wealthy, they cannot find a new motor for the car, so the car's on blocks. That car BTW was practically undrivable on even the lightest snow--she swerved out of control while driving about 20 mph and had an accident. Her insurance company cancelled her after paying for the damages incurred in a very minor fender bender. My brother drove his 1972 Pontiac convertible to visit me (2000 mi round trip). Halfway though the journey, the car started blowing smoke. By the time he got it home, the motor had to be rebuilt. Fortunately, he could do it himself. Naturally, there is a huge difference between a car from the early 80's and a car from the 1960's. The 60's and early 70's cars are much simpler, and they come from a time when people drove less. I don't think they are designed to compete in modern traffic day after day, and deliver the comfort and reliability that we are accustomed to in 2008. Huntsman's Jaguar (which BTW is a beautiful car) is from 1986. To me that's not that old. I'm sure with TLC it makes a great daily driver. Does anyone here actually have a car made between 1968 and 1983 that is driven 20 miles a day, every day, with occasional long trips that gives great fuel economy and reliablity? I'd be especially interested to hear about it if that car was made in the 60's or 70's.
     


  12. freshcutgrass

    freshcutgrass Senior member

    Messages:
    690
    Likes Received:
    51
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2008
    An interesting consideration would be a Triumph 2000 MkII


    Here's a nice unrestored 1973

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     


  13. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

    Messages:
    25,745
    Likes Received:
    238
    Joined:
    May 24, 2002
    Location:
    Constantinople
    Does anyone here actually have a car made between 1968 and 1983 that is driven 20 miles a day, every day, with occasional long trips that gives great fuel economy and reliablity? I'd be especially interested to hear about it if that car was made in the 60's or 70's.

    I used to have a 1969 Mercedes 280SEL, which ran very well. I also frequently see people driving those '70s Mercedes diesels.

    As well, I drive a 380SL on a daily basis, which is a V8--it gets about 17-18 MPG.
     


  14. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

    Messages:
    24,366
    Likes Received:
    410
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    I used to have a 1969 Mercedes 280SEL, which ran very well. I also frequently see people driving those '70s Mercedes diesels.

    As well, I drive a 380SL on a daily basis, which is a V8--it gets about 17-18 MPG.

    Very close friends of mine have a 1978 450SL. They don't necessarily drive it daily; however, they routinely drive it very long distances. I recall last year they drove it from Indiana on separate trips to Texas, Kansas, Arizona, and Minnesota. The car provides phenomenal performance and gives them very little trouble.
     


  15. micbain

    micbain Senior member

    Messages:
    570
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Location:
    Vancouver


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by