FW: [collectibles] xke before I die .

Ed,

I said “I simply don’t think you will find the AVERAGE E-Type, restored or
not, to be a very reliable car, certainly not compared to anything more
recent.”

I respectfully submit that your car (even before the V8) is not indicative
of the “average E-Type.” Didn’t you mention that you upgraded a number of
things for more reliability?

Yes, I do know several folks who drive their E-Types as daily drivers, but
they tell me that the level of reliability is not what they would like. I
assume you read the other post from the lister who indicated he spent 2-3
hours per weekend keeping his E-Type “reliable.”

We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

Don’t get me wrong: I like E-Types. And my opinion in regards to the
reliability of almost any 30 year old car (not just an E-Type) would be the
same.

I should also tell you I have a friend who drives a 1915 Model T Speedster
(or his 1914 Model pickup) to work every day in Huntingdon Beach, CA. But I
still wouldn’t recommend this practice to anyone who asked me if they should
do the same thing!

Best regards,

Gregory Wells 800-331-2193 x103
Coventry West, Inc. - Atlanta, GA www.coventrywest.com
New, Rebuilt, and Used Jaguar & Land-Rover Parts

Ed Dinsmore wrote:

Well Baldy…having read that an E-type is not a daily driver.I
just had to
stick in my $.02 worth. I have a 70 Roadster which I have owned
since new.
I have driven it daily (no winter snows).
(snip)-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly, Patrick
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 9:30 AM
To: ‘collectibles@jag-lovers.org’
Subject: RE: [collectibles] xke before I die . . .

Baldy,

9 months ago I bought one of those less desirable series 2 E-types, specifically because it only had the 2 carbs. Before I bought it I went to the Jaguar shows and AACA shows and asked every owner and mechanic I could find about the reliability. Every one of them told me that after getting the car sorted out after you first buy it, they are very reliable as collector cars, not as daily drivers. For a 33 year old car I have actually been impressed with the reliability of my car. Its the first Jag I have ever owned, but I have had many American collectibles that gave me more headaches than the Jag. The other guys advising you here have a lot more experience with Jags than I do, but the guy I bought mine from had it for 29 years, had no unusual problems, and only sold it because of his age. Check it out!

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Wells [mailto:greg@coventrywest.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 4:36 PM
To: collectibles@jag-lovers.org
Subject: RE: [collectibles] xke before I die . . .

I agree with Patrick. If you think an E-Type can be unreliable, try
restoring a Corvette…only then will you the real meaning of stupidly
expensive parts, poor design, and frustrating breakdowns!

Patrick McLoad
Houston===========================================

At 09:32 AM 8/23/2002 -0400, you wrote:

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly, Patrick
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 9:30 AM
To: ‘collectibles@jag-lovers.org’
Subject: RE: [collectibles] xke before I die . . .

Baldy,

9 months ago I bought one of those less desirable series 2 E-types,
specifically because it only had the 2 carbs. Before I bought it I went
to the Jaguar shows and AACA shows and asked every owner and mechanic I
could find about the reliability. Every one of them told me that after
getting the car sorted out after you first buy it, they are very reliable
as collector cars, not as daily drivers. For a 33 year old car I have
actually been impressed with the reliability of my car. Its the first Jag
I have ever owned, but I have had many American collectibles that gave me
more headaches than the Jag. The other guys advising you here have a lot
more experience with Jags than I do, but the guy I bought mine from had it
for 29 years, had no unusual problems, and only sold it because of his
age. Check it out!

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Wells [mailto:greg@coventrywest.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 4:36 PM
To: collectibles@jag-lovers.org
Subject: RE: [collectibles] xke before I die . . .

Ed,

I said “I simply don’t think you will find the AVERAGE E-Type, restored or
not, to be a very reliable car, certainly not compared to anything more
recent.”

I respectfully submit that your car (even before the V8) is not indicative
of the “average E-Type.” Didn’t you mention that you upgraded a number of
things for more reliability?

Yes, I do know several folks who drive their E-Types as daily drivers, but
they tell me that the level of reliability is not what they would like. I
assume you read the other post from the lister who indicated he spent 2-3
hours per weekend keeping his E-Type “reliable.”

We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

Don’t get me wrong: I like E-Types. And my opinion in regards to the
reliability of almost any 30 year old car (not just an E-Type) would be the
same.

I should also tell you I have a friend who drives a 1915 Model T Speedster
(or his 1914 Model pickup) to work every day in Huntingdon Beach, CA. But I
still wouldn’t recommend this practice to anyone who asked me if they should
do the same thing!

Best regards,

Gregory Wells 800-331-2193 x103
Coventry West, Inc. - Atlanta, GA www.coventrywest.com
New, Rebuilt, and Used Jaguar & Land-Rover Parts

Ed Dinsmore wrote:

Well Baldy…having read that an E-type is not a daily driver.I
just had to
stick in my $.02 worth. I have a 70 Roadster which I have owned
since new.
I have driven it daily (no winter snows).
(snip)