Welcome fellow "nut case". I too love all British cars (yes, even MGs) and
would love to own a Jaguar XKE but at $25K-$35K for a decent one I don't
think I will be owning one anytime soon! I interpreted the comments made on
this list about Jaguar owners to be in reference to the perceived "type" of
person that can usually afford one: "mindless, clueless, yuppies with too
much money". :-)
However, many owners of these fine automobiles are in fact not yuppies but
good, hardworking, intelligent, useful people like yourself who also love
This is probably going to start a thread on yuppie jokes.
'79 Spitfire (original owner)
P.S. I consider yuppie to be an unflattering term. The last person who
dared to call me a yuppie required extensive plastic surgery to his face
From: Jay S Baker [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2000 12:51 PM
Subject: The Difference 'tween Triumph and Jaguar owners
I am a lurker, but I have to respond to the recent comments about Jaguar
I am a very lucky person! I love British autos! And because of this, I have
labeled a nut case by just about everyone I work with. I perform ALL of the
work required to keep my families cars on the road. I am an Electrical
by trade and I have found that nothing relieves the stress from my work
that turning wrench in my spare time.
My daily driver used to be a 1980 Spitfire which I acquired a bit over 4
This car became my good weather drive about a year ago when I began driving
1993 XJ-6 daily. I have owned the Jaguar for over about 3 1/2 years (my
car before I inherited it). In the time I have owned these autos I have put
40,000 miles on the Spitfire and 90,000 miles on the Jaguar.
Now let's look at cost of ownership. Yes my Spitfire cost me MUCH less to
purchase originally than the XJ-6. HOWEVER I have put FAR more money into
keeping the Spitfire on the road that I have put into the Jaguar. When I
the Jaguar I paid less for it that I would have paid for a new Honda or
VW. In fact a 3 year old Jetta was being offered for sale for more money
than my 4 year old Jaguar!
Jaguar owners have more money than sense.... NOT!
Jaguar owners never work on their cars.... NOT!
(And I am not alone. Check out the Jaguar-lovers email list(s) and you will
the same sort of advice for the person who does his/her own work as you see
on the Spitfire list.)
Jaguars are very expensive to own and operate.... NOT (if you do the
yourself and don't buy parts from the dealer)!
Come on people. Please stop the Jaguar owner bashing. We are all riding in
same boat (or is that "a similar LBC"). We love these cars for what they are
(and also for what they are not). Don't blast someone for loving a
British auto than you. After all most of what you say about the cost and
of Jaguar ownership can also be said by a MG owner about the owner of a
P.S. You might ask why my wife gave up her XJ-6? It is because I needed
a bit more reliable than the Spitfire, especially when I need to drive the 3
to San Francisco for work. We looked at several different new cars and
buying her yet another Jaguar (a 1994 XJS convertible) which cost us a bunch
It was a win/win/win since we now own three beautiful British Autos! And I
that I REALLY enjoy my 1/2 hour commute (through winding country roads in
foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California) no matter which car