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Budget V8?
« on: 20 September 2019, 21:43:43 »

Considering scratching the V8 inch, while my miles are low and the 3.2 looks to be near death. My miles are around 6-7k per year, I don't want to spend much, couple grand really. While I save up for a proper replacement early next year.

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- XJ/XJR

- BMW 535/540 e39 era. (Although these are not cheap)

- BMW 740 late 90's ones as well.

Trying to think what else, Merc's of that era will be a pile of rust, not so keen on Lexus, too much like a big old Nissan.
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #1 on: 20 September 2019, 22:03:28 »

Near death my arse... Still no response to my question on your help post...
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #2 on: 21 September 2019, 00:59:16 »

Enjoying my CLS500  :y
May not quite be as cheap as some of them. But the early 5.0 CLS500 start around £3,000+  :-\

Edit: Looks more like around 5k

Excluding this one: https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201909092030777?
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #3 on: 21 September 2019, 06:58:10 »

I would like to get something like this https://trademe.nz/motors/cars/holden/commodore/listing/2260445830 to play with.
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #4 on: 21 September 2019, 07:15:33 »

Try a Lexus you may be surpprised :y
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #5 on: 21 September 2019, 08:07:33 »

A couple of grand XJ would put you in X308 territory[I don't think X350 are quite that low-apart from the odd one or two]If looking at a X308-which would be a 3.2 or 4.0[certainly the latter for XJR]then make sure the timing chains have been upgraded to the later 4.2L items.X308 also got the first of the "sealed for life" gearboxes.Don't forget they all ride low by design so check that you're comfy getting in/out of it-I had to get rid of my X300 due to the fact that my partners increasing disabilities meant she was struggling to much because of this issue-and a long wheelbase model is handy for the increased rear legroom if you have family.
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #6 on: 21 September 2019, 09:10:34 »

Audi S4/6 and A8 with 4.2 V8 are all available at sub £4k, but don't forget to take your brave pills ;D

This looks fun for the money and comes without the Dairy Milk auto box that was the undoing of father-944's RS6.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201908201339863?atmobcid=soc3


Early Porsche Cayenne, jeep grand Cherokee, P38 rangeie. All terrible choices, but all technically fit the brief   ;D

Other than that I think your list is reasonably complete
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #7 on: 21 September 2019, 09:25:58 »

A late 90s 7 series is going to have continual electrical issues, always expensive. Don't ask how I know ;D.  That's why they are peanuts to buy, often pre LPG'd by previous owners.

And 4.4/4.8 beemer V8 with a few years on it is going to lose water and oil faster than your Omega does, although usually externally.

For the Jag, you need to ideally go for the Ford derived 5.0l, as water pump and a coolant hose aside, is rock solid.  That puts you post 2009 XF X250 (earlier is 4.2, X260 didn't get the V8) or XJ X351 (90% certain the X358 only got the 4.2).  Because this engine is so much better, they command strong prices. But do offer 400 - 575bhp factory depending on induction and tune, and similar torque to the TDV6 3l diesel lump.
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #8 on: 21 September 2019, 11:50:11 »

Thanks all.  :y

I did not really think about how low the XJ (308) would be, that could be an issue.

Audi is interesting, thanks for that. Not sure on a convertible though with two blokes car sharing.  ;D
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #9 on: 21 September 2019, 11:56:18 »

Canít really justify later 5.0 V8 nor the stupid road tax...

Audi A8 V8 could be an option. :)

Lexus interior always looks like a Nissan, that said Iíve not sat in one yet.
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #10 on: 21 September 2019, 12:14:39 »

Canít really justify later 5.0 V8 nor the stupid road tax...

Audi A8 V8 could be an option. :)

Lexus interior always looks like a Nissan, that said Iíve not sat in one yet.

No more than a Signum at £600 P/A. :)
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #11 on: 21 September 2019, 12:33:06 »

Iím not paying that much for road tax....
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #12 on: 21 September 2019, 12:37:03 »

Merc CL500, BMW e38 740, Jaaaaag, or LS400. All great cars with V8 engines, and all have potential pitfalls to look out for. Although the LS400 will have less pitfalls than the others. You can pick up a nice example of any of them for £2-3 grand.
Personally I would go for a CL500 all day long.
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Re: Budget V8?
« Reply #13 on: 21 September 2019, 12:43:02 »

go for a ls430 much nicer than the early ls 400 still a good car though :y
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« Reply #14 on: 21 September 2019, 12:52:05 »

Merc CL500, BMW e38 740, Jaaaaag, or LS400. All great cars with V8 engines, and all have potential pitfalls to look out for. Although the LS400 will have less pitfalls than the others. You can pick up a nice example of any of them for £2-3 grand.
Personally I would go for a CL500 all day long.

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