One of a Kind
By "Sophia" the Jag on Sunday, December 13, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "fun to drive, very comfortable, stylish"
Cons: "expensive to fix"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this car after finding it online for sale at a dealership in NC in December 2012. I was 19 at the time. I had saved-up, had a perfect driving record, had a passion for large plush-riding cars, and wanted to get something nice. I paid cash in-part and received financing from my bank in-part while still getting it at a year-end deal (a very good deal). So, let me give the bad news first: in the past 3 years, I've had the front air suspension fail, the rear control arms became worn beyond acceptable VA inspection, and the alternator failed. The first two problems mentioned were very expensive, and, very thankfully, my parents and grandparents helped me with the repair. The air suspension was $1,100 and the control arms were $1,400. When the alternator came due, I bought one from a junkyard for $45 on eBay and paid a local shop to install it, coming to $250. With that said, I was lucky, but this is not a car for someone my age, as much as I loved and continue to love it. The good: I bought it with 68,000 miles in 12/12, now it has almost 150k as of 12/15. I've driven it a lot, I graduated college (bought it when I was a sophomore), and am now a law student in SC. I have driven it back and forth from SC to VA several times now at highway speeds with no problems (knock on the real wood trim inside the cabin). The problems I had occurred within the early time of my ownership, but I have enjoyed it for well over a year and a half with absolutely no issues. At almost 150k, she rolls down the road at 75mph like you're driving on raw dough. It's not a bouncing/wavy Lincoln or Cadillac, it handles dibs and bumps with ease. Oh, and even with me being 22 years old, insurance (if you have a flawless record) is quite reasonable, though it has a V8, it's a large sedan. The nav system has (not the screen and all its functions) has since failed, but who uses the car system with phones nowadays anyway. I was so excited about the duel DVD system on the rear headrests, but in these 3 years, they've probably been used 3 times (still work though). In fact, the car has every option offered except for the adaptive cruise control. It was quite the car for a college student (that I bought myself), and still is in early law school. In college, my friends named it "Sophia," after the grandmother from The Golden Girls (long story). Anyway, it's a car that I have many memories with and enjoy it everyday; on the bad, it's a gas guzzler and it can be pricey to fix. It's all about what your priorities are. If you want a stylish car that'll make you smile (apx) 363 days out of the year, this is the car for you."
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