Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mid Week Match-Up: A Barge For Dave

I know it is late Wednesday evening...but that doesn't mean there isn't time for a quick Mid Week Match-Up...because the week is half over and the matching isn't done yet!   This next request is for a guy who, for the sake of anonymity, we will call Dave.  Dave needs a car to replace his rusting Buick Roadmonster Estate Wagon...which is the proper 260 horsepower almost-an-LT1 equipped model, but it has seen better days.  Dave is thinking about a 7-series BMW from the late 90s/early 00s, so we'll start with that...but you guys get to suggest some other terrible awesome rides.


The best I could find is this 2001 BMW 740il E38 offered for $3900 in Fremont, CA via craigslist...but I'm sure you guys can do better.  The budget is flexible (up to $15k for the right car) but Dave wants a slushbox equipped land barge for his commute.  Make it so, number one!

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    1. for the lazy, that's an 09 Pontiac G8 for $10k

      [image src="https://images.craigslist.org/00R0R_crcHzQOSKB7_600x450.jpg" width="200px"/]

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  3. Bought a D3 A8L in November for $3800, it is one of my favorite car purchases yet and a true land yacht. Heated/Cooled/Massaging seats are not bad either. Lots of car for the money
    Low Miles

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    1. i was looking for a D1 A/S8 with a stick for like 6 months - the only one for sale that whole time had 300k miles and was ongepotchket with mods - feh

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  4. It's at the top of your budget (before negotiation of course), but it checks off all the boxes + it's got good miles for a 2011 model:

    - V8 (5.0 385hp)
    - Auto tranny
    - Long wheel base for room

    2011 Jaguar XJL - 50k miles - $15k

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    1. you won the thread, Sir. I was going to suggest a D2 A8 for less than 3k but the Jag is amazing.

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    2. I had a D2 A8... nice ride but oh so needy...

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    3. Agreed Eduardo, and the Jags look much better in person too. Those A8's sure are nice though, but OUCH on wallet if need be.

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  5. The 97-99 Lexus LS400 or later LS430 are good choices for a luxo ride and some semblance or reliability.

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    1. That's a great suggestion and not too hard to find either.

      The Jag above would be nice, but talk about saving some coin...

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    2. And according to the ad, that Lexus LS 400 is a rare front-wheel drive model! (Still a good deal, ignoring the typo).

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    3. Doh! I missed that, LOL. Wonder if they did the scheduled maintenance on the bearings for the headlight fluid...?

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  6. 560 SEL?

    https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/cto/d/mercedes-benz-560-sel/6539511143.html

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  7. despite very similar predilections, i am not dave - we are distinguishable by the slush/stick requirement, and my harsh, dry-throated warble usually heard in the late evening from under a pile of tax forms

    with my roadmaster gone, an E32 was my first choice, but in more than 6 months of looking not one decent example appeared - A/S8 was an option as mentioned above, as was the 3-years-only X300 XJ6, the Citroen C6, and the Vauxhall Senator 3.0 L

    i finally did get something, and it wasn't what i expected - will write that all up one of these days

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  8. I know the newer generation of these have a lot going for them (switch to rwd, more mainstream stying) but i have a huge soft spot for the 2002-2004 version Infiniti M45

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    1. Edit: These ones are RWD too so there you go!

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