Here’s Why I’m Buying a $500 Jaguar

Here’s Why I’m Buying a $500 Jaguar

rev up your engines, demon asks
scotty I’m looking at getting a 2003 Jaguar
six-cylinder hundred and fifty five thousand
getting at an online auction for 500 bucks
any thoughts you want an endless money
pit go right ahead now you’re breaking
the two cardinal rules of buying used
car once everybody’s Jaguar and to never
buy an online auction car you know what
you’re getting for that thing now if
you’re a restorer and you want to make a
toy and you want to play with it for the
next 52 weekends 500 bucks is nothing if
it’s still got an engine and a body and
everything on it all right
a 2003 x-type Jaguars never gonna be all
worth all that much money if you want to
tie on something to play around with
what the heck and let’s say you want to
go to a derby the demolition derbies
right let’s say you’re gonna go there
the derby would be hilarious to have a Jag
in a derby a lot of them have a
rule where you can only pay 500
bucks for the car that you put in them, I
mean that would be absolutely hilarious
if you want to go that route, see us work
says scotty my girlfriend got a car
totaled I was look at another car
Subaru stone in 2019 Forester with
10,000 miles on it 5,000 below KBB
value the catcher is it was used as a
loaner car don’t buy it you don’t want to
get a
loaner car when people get loaner cars
they beat the heck out of them a lot of
times they’re mad because they’ve got
their car in under warranty doesn’t fix
right and then they’re getting revenge
by beating the heck out of a loaner car
do not buy a loaner car see those old
movies they said give him the loaner car
do you want the loaner car just like
I’ve got videos out that say don’t buy a
rental car cuz people rent cars they
beat the heck out of them so I mean if
you ever seen that old Seinfeld episode
where he’s right in the car and they
don’t have the one he wants and they
give him a subcompact and the woman says
what do you want the insurance he says
yeah give me the insurance I’m gonna
drive that heck out of this car and most
people do with loaners too so I’d walk away
from that one Jason Takes Manhattan well
what does he do when he takes it, asks
Scotty my stepfather’s gonna buy a
2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse with the CVT
transmission is plan on keeping a car
should I stop them well it depends do
you like your stepfather do you hate him
if you tell them to buy it cuz those are
terrible vehicles to begin with with the
CVT transmission those are extremely
unreliable now it’s a new model who
knows maybe they miraculously solved all
the problems but I kind of doubt it
knowing Mitsubishi they always seem to make
problem at the problem that’s their
problem they’re cheaper made vehicles
people buying because it cost less but
they never last like a Toyota or Honda
or even afford for that matter
oh you really depends on you like your
stepfather or can you not stand the guy
but it was me I wouldn’t touch
that thing with a 10-foot pole, toby
1989 says I got a 2007 armada five
point six I drove the store and started
home it gave me a little bit of a hard
time starting and no acceleration stop
the car and it’ll crank but won’t start
it has fuel and no spark
okay you don’t have any spark that’s a
modern computerized vehicle generally
when you lose spark on those you’ve got
some kind of an electronic problem
pray it something simple like your
crankshaft position sensor if that goes
out it won’t tell the engine when to
fire the spark pray it something simple
like that it is a Nissan Armada and it’s
13 years old I’ve seen the computers go
out and do that too
but the first thing to check would be
the crankshaft position sensor to see if
it’s sending out data and of course do
simple things like look around for it
and if you see a wires gotta unplug yeah
they unplug they won’t give any bad
bad data either so check the simple
things first but if you have fuel and no
spark pray it’s just the crank sensor that’s
gone bad and not the computer
cuz Nissan’s they get computer
problems when they get old and of course
if you’ve recently gone through a bunch
of water or something look for water
intrusion that corrodes the connectors
and then they don’t work either when you
pull the connectors apart you’ll see
green stuff then clean it with some
spray electrical cleaner put it back
together again
Barnard 2020 says Scotty I have a
2017 honda civic lx the battery has
already been replaced do you think it
could have been junk or is the car junk the
batteries that they put in Honda’s a lot
of them are junk they use the smallest
battery they can put in it saves some
money when they build the car it’s kind
of a deal they also make a very small space
that you can’t fit a bigger battery
there’s only one real reason they put
really small batteries and cars that’s
because it’s cheaper to make them now
technically it’s lighter than a bigger
battery so you get better gas mileage for
like one one thousandth of a mile a
gallon maybe I think stupid thing only
weighs maybe a couple pounds less or
something and a bigger one it’s kind of
a joke but you can put a bigger batter
in and I have seen that with Honda
batteries all the time they’re small
little crappy things and they just don’t
last long some of them I’ve actually
seen big motorcycles that had bigger
batteries than the ones that they put in
some of those Honda Civics it’s just
that they’re putting cheap batteries
which is kind of a stinker that you paid all
that money for a car you think they
could put a decent battery that’s
reliable but in that case they’re really
don’t I wouldn’t worry about the car per
se they’re decent make cars but battery
gone out that fast just because it’s too
small the battery and they’re not such
hot batteries to begin with, batches
says should I get an F150 or a
Toyota Tacoma well it depends what you
want the Toyota Tacomas reliable they
run forever but that’s a smaller truck
an F150 is a full-size pickup truck
when you get into that kind of a
discussion you really got to go inside
your own head and decide what do you
want are you gonna carry a lot of weight
are you gonna tow heavy vehicles are
heavy loads or go long distances pulling
heavy loads get an f-150 with a v8
engine I mean you’re gonna need a big
engine it’s gonna be able to if you want
a truck to drive around as a runaround
truck to go everywhere and last for 30
or 40 years get the Toyota Tacoma but
they’re kind of different birds now if
you’re talking used versus new you’re
probably better off getting f-150 cuz
you can get them used a lot cheaper
Toyota resale values on a Toyota
toyota the resale values are
insanely high you’re never gonna get a
very good deal on an excellent one cuz
there just worth too much money with
a used F150 s you can get decent
use deals so it also depends when you’re
talking about use or new,
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. NOTHING wrong with Jaguar X Types. They were made here and were based on the Ford Mondeo (think they are called Fusion in the USA) seen them do 300K

  3. Hey scotty, i don't know why you're always bagging Jaguar's. I think they get a bad rap because of their days with Ford. But after tata taking over, i think jag has made leaps and bounds over the past years. I own a 2018 jag xf 25t awd. She drives like a deam and no issues so far! Touch wood!

  4. The old XJ 6 Jags had there problems sure but it was not as major as you guys make out , Being in America was your problem , expensive parts and no real access to second hand parts , in the UK a guy with mechanical knowledge could run one for next to nothing , The only problem was our ridicules fuel prices .

  5. So true on the F150 used. I bought an F150 used with 12,000 miles on it (but it was five years old, owner was 85 years old). Anyway, I paid him less than HALF of what he paid for the truck new. Its not like I stole it either, guy had it for sale for 2 weeks. I've put 110,000 miles on it so far, no problem. I use it mainly for towing, the V8 is a winner. Once you tow, the EB motors don't get any better fuel economy, and the V8s do pretty good. F150s depreciate so fast. Let someone else take the hit and you can get a barely used truck for not much money! Now new, I would have gotten a Tundra instead.

  6. Scotty I have a 91 S10 4.3 fuel injection throttle body it's running kind of rough I think I have a vacuum leak my question is can I plug the vacuums off or do I need those vacuums please help

  7. I get on Avg Jags have a bad rep and have had problems but I think it depends on who you got it from. I have had 2 Used Jags and never had issues and have owned some POS Domestics that I had tons of trouble with. Will Listen to Scottie or try to about Chryslers though because I owned 2 300's and neither was great

  8. Big fan of yours Scotty but I think you over generalize some cars as being money pits. I bought a 2006 X-Type 3 years ago with over 100K miles at the time and the only problems we have had was that the starter was starting to disengage slower and making a little noise after it started. So I replaced it which was a pretty simple job on that car and cost me all of $50 for a brand new one. The car is well made, has zero rust and fun to drive. By the time the 2006 model came out most of the older problems with that car had been corrected so my 2006 seems to be rock solid. Just because one model year of a manufacturer has a lot of problems does not mean all their model years are just as bad. But I will say the image of the x-type helped be land a great deal on this one. Overall love your videos!

  9. Rental and loner cars are the fastest cars in the world, you can red line it, it's not your tyres and it will be OK going 10mph faster than your own car over speed bumps.

  10. Have a 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT 3.0 V6, AWD, 6spd auto. Bought it with 24,000 on it. Now has 140k miles of trouble free driving outside of one dead original battery (spent time in Michigan and Kansas cold winters, hot North Carolina and Florida summers). Had a Lancer with 2.0l 4, 5spd manual also very reliable. Will have to disagree on your take on Mitsubishi. However spot on with Nissans and now that they own a fair share of Mitsubishi, I fear Mitsubishi is headed that way. Owned a couple Suzuki vehicles when they were still in the U.S. also were underated in low demand vehicles. Wish they would bring the new Jimny to the states.

  11. In 2005 I bought a 2004 XJ8 VDP for $24,000. It had just 20,000kms. It’s 2019 and it’s still my daily driver. Still looks great. Still drives great like a luxury car. You just have to look after them properly.

  12. I can remember back in the early 1980's , There was a guy I knew that owned a Jaguar that he bought at a auto auction , it was sharp, metallic green 4 door, it was a pretty reliable car , but only because he took out the original motor and transmission, and replaced it with a 350 Chevy motor and turbo 400 transmission,

  13. An F150 or Toyota Tacoma? Towing with any vehicle, get a manual transmission.
    I had to rent a car once or twice. I took care of them while in my possession.
    When my dearly departed beloved 2002 Subaru Outback wagon was in the shop several times before it committed suicide (the Subaru, not the repair shop), they let me have an old Ford Taurus as a loaner car. I put gas in it, made the cloudy headlights clear, and lubricated the sticky door locks while I had the car. The shop appreciated that.

  14. It's true people do dog out rental cars. Back in my Navy days when we pulled into San Francisco, I always rented a car so I can go fast up the hill and feel the car slam to the ground on the other side of the hill.

  15. I have to kinda disagree with Scotty on the rental car thing… I bought a 2004 Mazda 6i in 2005 in Denver. It was previously a Budget Rental car out of Texas… It has 24,000 mi when I bought it… My theory is this…let them beat the hell out of it while it is a rental… break all the things that are the weak link, then the rental car place replaces it… I maintained it very well. It's been in 4 or 5 minor "cosmetic" accidents. I still own that 2004 Mazda 6i, it now has 173,000 miles on it and lives in Tampa now…My daughters drives it now, she grew up in a car seat in that thing… Runs just fine, burns a lil oil, but still quite reliable… I love that car…

  16. Mr Story Killer aka Mr. bla,bla,bla
    Show a video with real car problem that you really work on it and fix. It seems like you are afraid of Jaguars. As they say: spanish quote, " who's a good rooster, sings everywhere"

  17. Hey scotty I dont think buying cars from online insurance auctions is bad. Well that is if you're not buying endless money pits. Me and my dad got a 99' gs300 and we were so impressed with the smooth ride and reliability that we recently got another one but a 2001 gs300.

  18. 51 years as an auto mechanic, and still doesn't get the X-Type. Sad to see.
    I've owned my X-Type for 17 years, done all the service and repairs on it myself, and that is not much at all, on the contrary. Very little service and repair is needed on this excellent car that is incredibly great and fun to drive. When I got myself a new Jag, my wife wanted to keep to X-Type for herself, of course she got to do that. So she's the one driving it most of the time these days, and I'm still doing the service. 17 year old car and I bet it will be still going strong in another 17 years.
    If you want a really great car, for a sum way below the real value of the car, get an X-Type. Thanks to guys like Scotty, who doesn't understand the car, it's way underpriced. Really good purchase. As with any second hand car, you need to check out what you're buying, not everyone takes good care of their cars, even though Jaguars are overrepresented when it comes to good maintenance. Jaguar owners care for their cars, simply because it's generally people who do care about their car, that gets a jaguar … 😀

  19. Hey Scotty, I'd noticed in several of your videos you mentioned that you are not a fan of CVT. I felt like the CVT is one of the best, because it is smooth and very reliable like the Prius. Regular automatic transmission usually show symptoms around 150K.

  20. Another thing abiut Tacomas unfortunately, not only will u never get a good deal on mint used u one, u will like get ripped off on a beaten used one they made look pretty enough that was potentially driven hard by random people for an electric company with a bed full of heavy tools. It will still be a decent truck if it was priced correctly like 6k but it will still be priced at 13k because they know the market is strong n they will rip u off if they can.

  21. Actually those older Jaguars are pretty cheap to fix. My Family has owned jaguars since the 50's. The parts are actually pretty cheap now..I just put a J gate shifter in a person's S type for it was locked in Park. Many of the early 2000's had Lincoln Ford parts. The J gate shifter, if bought from jaguar is 600$ I had him get one used on ebay for 90$ I replaced it ( its brake release solenoid was intermittent so Its mother board underneath the mechanism needed to be replaced….) in 15 minutes… I charged him $40. he's back in business. The major problem with Jaguars is the electrical system if you have a issue with that ..then its a tough road….but other than that they are unique but if you know someone that works on them they arent hard or expensive…its like going to a Podiatrist if you have a sore throat…..I had a guy call me his automatic headlamp adjuster motors died and the headlights were pointing down at night…the Motor and labor for these at Jaguar are 1800$ But if you put 2x self tapping screws in the right place you can fix it..cost about $3 labor is pretty much just using s screw gun……

  22. I have an ‘09 Lancer with CVT for over 110,000 miles. I’ve changed the CVT fluid every 30,000 miles with OEM fluid. Then the CVT filters and the fluid every 60,000 miles were replaced. I have no whines, no major repairs and it always pass inspection. So it really depends on how meticulous its owner is on maintenance. It’s the most reliable car I’ve owned💁🏻‍♂️

  23. He's definitely right about the tacoma resale value. I've been looking for one forever in my budget, and it's about impossible. Are the new ones good do they have good transmissions and a good engine?

  24. I had that exact car at Far less miles. And month after month something went wrong with it. Engine swap, headlight assemblies (only jaguar can replace due to special key my mechanic couldn’t get), electronics, moon roof. You name it thousand upon thousands of dollars to fix. It drove great when it worked but that wasn’t often.

  25. Scotty!
    1997 mustang gt 152,000mi
    rough idle, misfire #7, accel hesitation,
    cleaned throttle body, MAF, and EGR port(filthy) but now it [email protected], then sticks at 2000 for a few seconds at stop, then drops to 1200 again. vacuum leak?
    IAC sensor bad? fuel pump failing? need new fuel filter?
    codes are 1401, 0402, 1443, 0161, 0171, 0174

  26. In 2012 I bought a 2002 Ford for $500 on eBay. Seven years later, It is still running! Runs great if you're in the shine business.

  27. Ford owned jaguar during the early 2000s so they are extremly simple to maintain and parts are cheap. Both the 2.5l and 3.0l engines they put in these jags were the same engines they used in the Ranger.

  28. I bought a 2013 civic in 2015 and my battery supposedly has some weaknesses but it sure still works just fine. It nearly 2020. I think that’s pretty good

  29. Totally disagree Scotty, the X-Types had a Ford V6 and a Volvo AWD system. I’ve had two, and they’re worth $500 all day long. 😉

  30. Just bought a 1996 Toyota Avalon for $900. Engine runs strong, Trans is fine but shifts hard into reverse. Car has 196 k miles. Good buy or no???

  31. My aunt had a Jaguar in the late 70s. Even back then the quality sucked, as it was in the shop more than out of it on the road.

  32. I just got a 93 lexus LS400 with 90k miles i took from kansas to Washington the lights in the dash and radio flicker when im on the breaks and it now leaks a wierd thick brown lube like stuff somwere from the rear strut what is it?

  33. Here’s Why I’m Buying a $500 Jaguar, DIY and car review with Scotty Kilmer. Here's why the Jaguar x-type is one of the worst cars ever made. Stupid people buying bad cars. Bad cars to avoid. Stay away from these terrible cars. Unreliable cars not to buy. Why not to buy a Jaguar X-type. Car Advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

  34. Jaguar is just a FORD.
    Great cars, when FORD owned Jaguar. Ford should NOT have sold Jaguar, Aston Martin. Some land rovers had FORD ENGINES. Front Wheel drive are Ford Taurus platform. So a front wheel drive Jaguar has the same value as a Taurus of the same year.

  35. Scotty is legit. I did get lucky with a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT I bought from Enterprise car rental though. Had 24k miles and it was barely a year old. Got a 24k car for $12,900. Most reliable car I ever owned and I beat it worse than anybody renting it I'll tell ya that. Damn I loved that car. Never a problem and what a performer.

  36. Well, Scotty just 'splained this: I have thre Acuras (i.e., Hondas): '97 Integra, '06 RSX, and '09 TSX – and they all use the same dinky 500 CCA battery! The good part is that I can interchange batteries easily – handy in the winter when the battery of one of the outdoor-parked cars goes dead. Bad part is they go dead a lot because they're barely up to the job of starting a car in winter when they're new!

  37. Hey Scotty, I just bought two Subaru Impreza Hatch 57 plate,UK, my brother has one and I have the other. They are both 1.5ltr Non turbos, with big Boar exusts, mine has just had the check engine light come on, what should start with first? I bought an obd scanner, but have not used one before, any help would be much apreaceate. Thanks ✌

  38. I bought a used rental. The trick is basically taking your salesmen on a long test drive. You see they put very little gas in the cars so you only want to take a short test drive. Never, always go by the gas station and put a few gallons of gas in it. If he asks, " it's to test the fuel gauge and evaporation system". Check all the fluids, oil, coolant levels, even washer fluid, test that…..i missed that and it was a pia to fix. Now you drive and listen for rattles, squeels, anything out of the ordinary. At some point hit the highway and test that thing. Then bring it back to the gas station and re-check all the fluids after 25 to 30 miles and some highway speed. At that point you buy a car or put some gas in some crappy car, better than buying a crappy car. Plus any faults you can either have repaired or negotiate price more.

  39. I work at a car dealership He’s right about the loaner cars don’t ever buy a loaner car if you do make sure it’s cheap those things get trashed I seen a customer do you like burnouts in them People smoke in them Just think of it like this it had more than 150 owners You never want to buy a car that had that much

  40. the first generation of X types were dogs. Around 2004 they re-designed the car and put a lot of different parts in which made them more reliable. Our family has owned a 2006 model, which apart from a cracked engine hose has been very reliable since we bought it second hand 3 years ago.

  41. I had one of those Jaguars the thing was a money pit two transmissions in two years I had a co-worker by 1/2 I told him that they were crap he sunk like $10,000 in in about 3 years and got rid of it

  42. I live close to a car rental place. One time I had a guy drive by the house intentionally driving off the side of the road through rocks and bumps. I'm guessing he was punishing the car rental place for being aholes.

  43. $500 for a Jag is good, even if you end up putting 8k or so into it in your life, they look pretty nice and well it’s a Jaguar, nice if it’s actually running good

  44. is a 2006 350z enthusiast converatble with 110,000 miles and costs 5000$ a good deal. The previous owner was a service tech and called it one of his toys?

  45. I once owned a 1989 Citroen BX. Owned it for 5 weeks, had 5 garage visits.. 3 where from the Hydropneumatic System letting me down and in 3 different occassions over the course of 5 weeks and ONLY 350 miles decided to spil all the fluids…

  46. LOL. In my youth, my friends and I returned a rental with square rear tires because we pulled the emergency brake up so many times and locked rear tires up for dozens of feet at a time it put flat spots on the tires. Whenever someone says they bought a rental I always LMAO and say I hope it's not one I've rented.

  47. I have a 2004 Jaguar XK8 4.2 170,000 miles, layered between a Porsche 987s, and a BMW e46 m3 SMG, and the icing on this cake of a 2012 Range Rover Sport Lux. All running perfect, and I cannot stand cookie cutter Japanese cars. I dont think Scotty will ever join me for this dessert!

  48. Scotty, I've have purchased 3 Lexus RX 350 dealer loaner cars for about $10k less than sticker price. Fantastic vehicles! I would do again, no problem.

  49. I've owned 30 plus Jags – mainly XK-Es. Currently own two XJ6s – 1987 with 312K original miles – no rebuilds, all original and a 1986 – parts. Scotty is absolutely correct on the Jags. I have a master mechanic's license in the DOHC straight 6 Jag engines and while I do most of my own maintenance – unless you're into constant, continual work – don't buy one.

  50. Had an XF from 36k to 105k miles, loved it, no issues at all. Secret is avoid in first two years from launch to give them time to iron out the issues (new shape XF has been the same, buy 2017 on) and don't run to high mileage. Oh, and get 6 cyl not 4 cyl….

  51. it's a myth that people abuse rental cars and loaners. Of course some do. But those are the very few jerks among us. Most rentals are taken by businessmen that just want to drive to their meeting and then to the airport. Rental cars are lightly used and generally maintained per the manufacturer's schedule, and — they're relatively new when they show us for sale. The same is true for loaners. People who get a loaner are not really angry… they just need to get to work when their car is in for service. Sorry, but your advice on this is nonsense, Scotty!

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