Justin Crenshaw

By on May 22, 2009

In honor of the global meltdown’s effect on used car prices, we’re initiating a new feature: YSE (Your Shitty Economy) Car of the Week. We begin with the Jaguar XJR. I mean, who would pay upwards of $80 grand for a luxo sedan that has brought up the rear of every comparo test it has ever been in? The main reason: it lacks key technological features. But now, when Mercedes S-class and BMW 7-Series owners’ credit cards are smoking from repairs to radar cruise control and cooled seats, the Jag XJR is sitting pretty. I know: Jag’s are hardly what you’d call exempt from repair and maintenance “issues.” Still, at $25,000, with low miles and driven lightly, you can afford to put aside a chunk of change to cover those running costs. Or, come to think of it, not.

By on March 11, 2009

On business in Vegas last week I came across a smokin deal on an ’06 M Roadster and in a moment of spontaneity I signed the dotted line. I was then confronted with a 1200 mile drive in an unfamiliar car. Since I arrived in Vegas by plane, I was without my usual road trip conglomeration of hose clamps, duct tape, and other essential tools. With the return airline ticket canceled, armed with a Diet Pepsi and a $50 Radio Shack radar detector, I set off to the Midwest. The S54 engine chewed up 1200 miles of asphalt and returned 25.6mpg. Not bad for over 100hp per normally aspirated liter. Would I have tried that in the 23 year old BMW M636CSI I bought last fall from FL? Nope. That car arrived on a truck. What an incredible bonding experience to bring your new car home on a long trip. Now it was my intent to bring this car back to a less saturated market and sell it for a small profit. But now I’ve kinda got a thing for her. Have you had a memorable new car bonding experience?

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