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The Truth About Buying a Jaguar Car

The Truth About Buying a Jaguar Car


Carlos Garcia says, Scotty what are your
opinion on Jaguars, big fan, okay they were great cars historically, you
know in the forties and fifties they were state of the art but since the 1960s
they’re known as endless money pits, and they’ve actually gotten worse over time
because a while back that Indian company Tata the one that makes those cars in
India that cost like $1,600 they bought Jaguar and Land Rover, and if
anything they’re worse than they are today
and they used to be in the sixties, their endless money pits, their beautiful cars,
you know for a while Ford owned them and then they lost so much money then they
sold it to Tata, I wouldn’t buy one, they’re beautiful cars but if you want a
fun toy and you can buy a used one with lower mileage and you’re only gonna
drive it on the weekend, hey have some fun you can get them all day long for a
thousand or two thousand dollars and if they still run good you can have a good
toy, just don’t buy one of those and think you can use it as a daily driver, I
mean there’s guys in there that they take out the Jag engine and transmission
put in a Chevy or Ford v8, and then they run great, so I mean there’s lots of
things you can do, because you can get them dirt cheap when they’re old, nobody with
their right mind pays much for them when their used, Ryan’s rev says, Scotty what’s
your opinion a GMC Yukon are they reliable, okay the older ones are
relatively reliable, just like the older Suburbans were pretty reliable, but then
the problem came they started making them cheaper, and that’s just what
General Motors has done, so I wouldn’t buy late-model one, if you wanted
something like that I’d go Ford or Toyota, I wouldn’t buy a GM but the
older ones were more reliable that’s just how the world was, Jose Sakata says,
I got a 2006 Chevy Monte Carlo it’s got 70,000 miles any known issue, drives
okay for the most part but it’s hiccups now and then, sometimes it feels like it
has trouble accelerating, okay first thing you want to do is pressure test the
fuel pump after changing the fuel filter is the fuel filters are clogged the pump will get weak
can do that, now it’s 13 years old you only got 70,000 miles so it’s low
mileage, the transmissions on those things, automatics are really weak, so I
mean just baby the transmission and take care of it, that’s the main maintenance
you want to do on that, because I would never buy that car but you
have it and it’s low mileage, so you mind as well take care of it, because if
you try selling it now you’re gonna get nothing for 13 year old Monte Carlo with
70,000 miles, nobody’s gonna give you much, so you mind as well take care of
it, you never know you might have bought one that was made on a Wednesday that’s in better shape,
Eli Hernandez says, Scotty what would you recommend as my first car, a 2001 lexus
LS 300 or a v6 Mustang from 1999, oh I’d go for the 2001 Lexus, because those things
can run for ever, I have my wife, I got her 2002 Lexus and she loves the car, it’s the
best car we ever bought, now I bought it used from a customer of mine when his father
died it only had 60,000 miles and I paid four grand for it because it needed a
little bodywork and I paid my body guy a thousand dollars to take all the dings
out and paint the bumpers, so it looked great, but that that car can run forever
if you take care of it, I’m the last of my kind hey maybe you’re not I’m might be one too,
Scotty I have a Ford Crown Victoria two thousand six, hundred thousand kilometers,
and the main problem is when I take on long drives, sometimes when I stop the
car the engine shuts down, if it’s a real long drive, that thing is thirteen years old,
a lot of times the fuel injectors will get a little bit off, so when it’s hot
they spray a little bit better more gas in the engine, well when you’re
driving down the road, the engine doesn’t care all that much, but when you come to a
stop, if it’s too much fuel it’ll stall the engine out, now one way you can check
that if it does stall out and then you start it back up and black smoke comes out
of the back, yes then it is stalling out from too much fuel, now if black smoke
doesn’t come out it when it starts back up, it could be the fuel pump you could
pressure test that, because if it’s getting no fuel it won’t smoke black when it
restarts, because it’s not getting too much fuel, it’s getting not enough that’s a
good way you can check it, inspired by Keith says, Scotty I have a 2008 Honda Accord
with an oil leak even after replacing the valve cover gasket, VTEC solenoid gasket, oil filter housing gasket, what could it be,
well it could be a lot of things, generally it’s the crank or the cam
seals on those, but I have a video that’s called, finding engine oil leaks,
watch that you get a little ultraviolet leak dye, you can buy a kit that has
dye, yellow sunglasses and a little UV light, then
when you put the stuff in, you drive it around for 15 or 20 minutes, now it’s
best if you do that at night, because at night it’s dark out, then when you check
it with a UV light, you can see the glowing green a lot easier at night, in
the daytime it’s harder to see, especially in broad sunlight or if you
have a dark garage that you can pull it in but you want to check it when it’s
darker, because when it’s real dark then the dye really lights up great when it’s
dark outside, with the Sun not shining on you really get a better view of where
it’s leaking from, and that’ll always show you where the leak is coming from,
huapi says, my golf mark 2 GTI 16 valve will not idle normal when it’s cold when
the old temperature is hot it rides fine, okay first thing you want to do
since it’s a Volkswagen, if it runs poor when it’s cold but when the oil
temperature gets hot it runs fine, it could be a worn engine, you want a mechanic
like me to do what’s called a wet and dry compression test, they do a
compression test of the engine dry, then they squirt a little oil in each cylinder and do it,
and see if the pressure goes up or down they can tell you what shape the engine
is inside, because it could just be your engine is just flat wearing out,
now if the engine isn’t flat wearing out then do my video, how to clean fuel
injectors without removal, could be dirty fuel injectors, when an engine is cold it
has to get the perfect amount of gas or it will run crappy, but once the engine’s
warmed up, if the fuel is a little bit off it can still run pretty good, so
you’d want to try that if the engine checks out to be still in good shape,
so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember
to ring that Bell!

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  2. Hey Scotty. My son just turned 18 and just got his drivers license. I told him I would by him his first car since he will need one for school and work. I came across a good deal on a 2010 automatic Lexus is250 with 110k miles. At the moment the car runs better than my wife's new Honda. I know you have a lot of faith on Toyota cars, what are your thoughts on these cars. Did I get a dependable car for my son or did I just buy a money pit? Thanks in advance. ED

  3. In my life time I have had seven Jags and only one was a problem the XJS V-12 was nothing but trouble, The 1969 XKE was almost trouble free and the XK 120 was near trouble free and I have a 2004 S type that just turned a 100K miles that has never had a wrench on it, It still has the brakes from the factory and factory spark plugs but it is garage kept and serviced.

  4. I've had two jags. a 1967 etype and a 1986 xj6. You just need another car like Scotty says. Most people commenting on them – never had one. or "had a friend that had this and that". the xj6 was by and large quite reliable but the starter broke (in my driveway). The etype never left me stranded – they are actually very simple cars to work on (but the whole engine and gearbox has to come out for a clutch. things like that. My current driver is a 1993 toyota. cheers

  5. Ran into a guy in AutoZone, told me he just blew his head gasket on his Jag at 81,230. He was crying, not kidding as I got in my new Highlander.

  6. UHMMM, what years of Jaguars are recommended in which to put Ford or Chevy drivelines? I heard about this 20 years ago, but I did not know it was still being done.

  7. Hi scotty i'm a Toyota lover ,had a 98 4runner , 08 Camry and a couple rav4, now I have a 18 tacoma , what you think and the new Tacomas????

  8. Jaguars used to be a symbol of status and prestige but the brand lost credibility when Ford bought it in the 90s. After that when Tata Motors of India bought it it killed the brand. I would never pay $50,000 for a car made by a company which makes $1000 cars and all about making money and not quality.

  9. Had an 04 x type. Absolutely loved the car. Looked great had it for two years and admittedly it had a couple problems but not terribly bad for as many miles at it had pretty much routine.

  10. scotty I am about to purchase a jaguar x type from 2004 with 100,000 miles. Do you think it is a good idea, is it reliable enough that I can get away with regular maintenance? or should I go with a Lexus or Audi A6 of the same era?

  11. Actually, The x300 (XJ6 from '95 – '97) built after Ford taught Jaguar how to build cars indoors with powertools (and even the occasional robot, heaven forbid) are pretty reliable. The 4.0 Liter straight six is a beast and pulls like a freight train and is bullet proof along with the German ZF 4spd auto trans. The electrics are all DensoNippon and are waterproof and insulated. No more blowing the horn and the windshield wipers burst into flames. I got a '96 for $2,000 with 113k and I've been driving it 100 miles to work and back since last Sept. until the alternator went out. It's under a cover 'till spring and then , back to being my daily driver…

  12. My 2002 Jag X-type was one of my best road cars ever. $3600 auction in 2009. 83K, and I sold it $1500 off wholesale at 140K for 3 grand to a good friend 5 years later. Ford Contour aftermarket parts for a lot of it. AWD, 5 speed, 3.0, and it would outrun a new 330 XI with 100k+ on it. GREAT car, but plan on getting bent over hard if you have no repair expertise, especially if you take it to a Jag dealership. With proper ice tires it would rip through Upstate NY storms, but caution, it is barely 5" clearance for deep snow.

  13. I bought a Jag and replace the engine and transmission with a Toyota 2JZ with a 6-speed manual I don't have any problems at all. So rev up your Jaguars

  14. Tata is a very honest company.. they sell world class cars at very low price.. they get 5 star in global ncap.. lookup Tata harrier..

  15. Modern Jags are damn near bullet proof and have sensational performance. I trust Leno's characterization as nearly maintence free cars, he actually owns them.

  16. Okay, okay…right after…'the transmissions in those things are REALLY weak'… up pops a pix of a Baby Dewey dude in a swaddlin' thing with a pacifier necklace deal hangin' over hisn' gordo llanta……whoa!

  17. Total Bullshit today's Jags are bettter today then when ford owned them. And they are no worse in reliability than any merc bmw or audi.

  18. People slag off Jags, but my Z4 E89, had it 7 years would have been at the BMW dealer nearly every year for something going wrong (not engine or transmission that's been great), if it wasn't for me doing diy fixes. And it's one of the most reliable BMW's.

  19. Saaay whaat, But scotty wait hold on now I have a 2010 jaguar xf with a 129k miles without any problems and Im a everyday driver…..

  20. Hey Scotty…
    I am fan of ur channel since long time. I like to maintain all mechanical things in my home by myself & car is one of them. Ur channel has helped me a lot in understanding my car.
    I have genuine respect for your knowledge and efforts in car repairs.
    But u will agree that single person can not know everything about something.
    I request u to learn abot "TATA".

    Its not "some"company in India….Its big empire. Being Indian I am proud of TATA.
    Learn about Ford & TATA relations.
    please stay informed.

  21. I have a 2018 Jaguar XE Petrol and love it. Mileage is crap but I doubt anyone buys Jags for mileage. Performance is unmatched in this segment imo 240bhp Petrol engine makes mile munching a joke. I could drive it all day!

  22. Hey, @Scotty Kilmer!!
    What do you think of Jaguar XK8 Coupe?
    Do you have any idea of the maintenance cost and problems of this one?

  23. “At night, it’s dark out.”
    – Scotty 4:35
    Not sure why, but this made me do a literal spit take.

  24. I have an 04 Jag and it's cost me £100 in repairs since owning it. Rear drop links. Which go on every car. It's been serviced every year since 2006 and I use it every day. I just don't get this video.

  25. The Jaguar is a beautiful car, but has always had a reputation as high maintenance, I have dated beautiful high maintenance ladies and they are not my type. But reading the comments from Jaguar owners and the fact you said the engine and transmission can be changed to a more reliable one. I think I will give the girl another look

  26. All Scotty is saying is buy a Toyota or Honda it’s really that simple. I’ve only owned Honda’s and wouldn’t change it. He’s right all the other cars are just money pits

  27. Stop talking through your arse Scott, Jaguar’s are reliable. Tata bought the company, injected a bucketload of money and left theta to it. They have had no input into engineering, design or production whatsoever.

    Since then, the quality and reliability has improved massively- I’ve had four new-generation Jags, none of which have had any issues.

    Jaguar have also won over sixty global awards, just o ONE vehicle, the I-Pace. The F-Type has won numerous global awards. The XFs have also won awards globally.

  28. I bought a '04 X-Type 3.0 Sport type AWD… had just over 30k miles and drove it for another 100k. Never had any issues with it other than basic maintenance like brakes, tires, and did a lot of the basic care myself. Fuel pump went out and took it to the dealer because the rear end had to be dropped to get to the internal pump, but other than that…. I loved that car. Granted I got one of the good ones, lots of issues with the 2.5s but I have zero regrets… better riding than my 5 series and my Acura. I am searching for the right XK now, last of the series…

  29. "Jaguar is more unreliable today than they were in the '60s" Jesus who listens to this guy? It's like listening to someone's clueless dad repeat memes he heard from his friends.

  30. Nonsense, my 2005 XK8 is a fabulous car and is my daily driver with 134Kmi on it. Looks and runs like brand new. I do the maintenance. It's a real simple car with good features.

  31. Dang I wanted buy GM SUV but now can not buy one because of what Scotty day. The only vehicles Scotty approved of is Lexus and Toyota but I hate that’s Lexus grill

  32. I drove a 2000 XJ8 and 2007 XJ8L and had both cars for many years. The 2007 turned into a money pit in the end. I STILL miss the car. I wish Ford still made the big V8 crown vic / town car. If you waned a new or late model big sedan cruiser what would you recommend ?
    No big SUV's in the list please

  33. Sigh! Its sad that you are giving your opinion based on the fact that they are now made by an Indian company that makes cheap cars 😒 Its called an investment, TATA doesn't all of a sudden just replace all them Brits with Indians… Fact is, they managed to turnaround an ailing JLR and pump out some more great cars…

  34. I've just bought an ex-demo Jag XF R-Sport and are more than happy with the car and the dealer service. Did a lot of research on owner reviews and to be honest this is the only one of very rare sites that seem to have a major problem with them????

  35. Hi Scotty big fan of your channel. If possible I'd like to have your opinion on a 2010 Jaguar xf with 95k miles. Please input about this I really dont have much money and the guys is giving it to me for 9k cash. thanks a million!

  36. So I have the chance to buy a 2006 Jaguar X-Type with only 43k miles on it for about $4k, maybe even less. The car belongs to an elderly woman that didn't put much wear on tear on it. Don't know what to expect, what do you guys think? Should I take the risk?

  37. so wut U'all saying is the big black boxes the Federal Government uses to drive people around in are crap..?. G M C and Chevy..?. GMC Denali..?. 🙁

  38. I have a 1999 Jaguar XK8, I've had it for 5 years, bought it with 96,000 miles on the clock, it just passed 160,000 and not a single issue short of maintenence and a brake job. I drive it to 47 miles round trip to work and back every single day. No money pit here!

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