Just bought my wife a new X-Type 2.0 V6 SE Auto which kind of tells you
which camp I'm in, but we took a long time trying all relevant models in
this price range.
My wife doesn't like (or wants to pay) for powerful big engines, so we were
looking at all the smaller engined models which narrows down your choice and
makes you concentrate on other points of the vehicle.
Our final choice came down to the X-Type, a Merc C180K AMG saloon and the
Lexus IS200. We liked the outside desgin of the Merc, the quality and
equipment of the Lexus but the Jag won overall on quality of interior,
options and price.
We're delighted, it isn't exactly a quick car, but that's not what we were
buying, but it makes us feel we're driving a car that cost twice what it
I can second that.
I had mine for 3 months before selling it because I was fed up with
the problems..from new I had leaky roof, stereo kept switching itself
off, gear stick fell to pieces, ocasionally it just refused to start -
to name a few! The finish on some of the car was less than you would
have expected from a BMW to say the least. Even a BMW dealer I talked
to afterwards agreed it was not a very well made car.
The problem is that people won't accept paying such huge premiums for
the quality now that they used to - especially as the competition is so
close - if not better in some cases. If you look at (in particular)
German cars of old you used to get fantastic build, but very little
in the way of equipment. But now everyone wants all the gadgets - at
the same price! so something has to give, and it has been the quality.
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