"I spent months reading all the reviews on the Jaguar XKR, Mercedes SL500, Cadillac XLR, Lexus SC430, and Porsche 911 before deciding to purchase a Jaguar XKR convertible.
I must say I was a little worried about the Jaguar track record, but after much review and analysis I concluded that most of the problems with Jaguars are from decades ago and not very relevant today. But the stigma of the Jaguar constantly being in the repair shop is difficult to overcome.
However, after reading everything I could find on the Jaguar XKR convertible I decided to dive-in and buy one. All I can say is WOW!!!!!
I have driven or owned just about every type of car from a 69 and 70 Camaro SS, Saab turbo, Porsche 911, Corvette, BMW, Audi, Infinit, and Mercedes. All I can say is that this 2002 Jaguar XKR convertible is the best car that I have ever owned.
The looks are incredible, and the fact that there are not very many of them on the road makes you stand out in the crowd. It was between the Jag, MB SL500, Lexus SC430, and Porsche 911, and I am thrilled that my wife and I purchased the Jag over the other cars. It has the looks, performance, styling, comfort, class, and handling that comes with a car that was priced at $85,000 new just a few years ago.
While it may not hold its value, that was of no concern to me since I purchased the car for less than $20,000, not $85,000. There is no other car on the road that you can buy for less than $20k, with 50,000 miles on it, that can compare to this car. Once you drive it, you will understand the difference between an $85k car and one that sells for $30-50k new.
If you are considering a Jaguar XKR, find one in excellent condition and most of them have been taken care of by their previous owners. A person that owns a Jag is unlikely to beat on it and abuse it, so it should be easy to find one in great condition.
I may always own a Jaguar convertible from this day forward, if this car is any indication of the overall quality of their cars. Perhaps every 2-3 years I will buy a newer model, this car is that outstanding. I will never buy a new one since I can just wait a few years and get it at a 75% discount compared to a new one.
If you are thinking about buying this car, do what I did compare it to its competitors and test drive them all, and I am convinced you will buy this car. It feels like you are in a Ferrari, or Lamborghini, well not really, but you are definitely in the next tier of cars right behind those two.
I honestly believe this car is a better buy than a Mercedes, BMW, or Porsche, if for no other reason than the car drops in value so fast compared to the others. The reason for this rapid decline in price is likely due to its decades old reliability record and has nothing to do with the present quality of the car.
But the value is not why I bought the car, I bought it because the others cars truly dont compare to the thrill of driving the Jaguar. The performance, comfort, and quality of the car is incredible, plus it you want a car that attracts attention this is it. The other cars are a dime a dozen on the roads and all sort of belnd in, whereas the Jaguar gets stares and compliments from everyone. Since there are not many of thes cars on the road, everybody notices it. While this isn't the reason we bought the car, it is an added source of pride.
BUY THIS CAR and ENJOY driving again, it is a blast!!!!!!!
If you are searching for this type of car it beats all of its competitors hands down, this car is a dream.
You will LOVE owning this car!!!!!!"
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