New car!

After 2 1/2 years of joy, the novelty has somewhat worn off and I’m feeling it’s about time to replace my beloved MX-5.  I came up with a set of requirements for a replacement, pretty much as follows:

  • Reasonable fuel economy – I’m sick of averaging <30mpg
  • Able to seat 4 adults – I kind of miss road trips with friends
  • Comfortable – increasing back trouble has made low-slung sports cars a bit painful
  • No more expensive to tax/insure than the MX-5 (not difficult!)
  • No more than 6 years old
  • Pretty!  No self-respecting petrolhead wants to be seen driving a shed.

After cooking  up a savings plan such that I could afford to go and buy a replacement in March/April then sell the MX-5 just in time for next summer, I made the mistake of taking a look at the market just to see what was available now within my planned budget.

I found a few interesting BMWs – mostly 320d and 520d, but they’re a dime a dozen.  I planned to go and take a look at a nice 520d which seemed like an unmissable deal, but they’d taken a deposit on it before I was free to travel through to see it.

Since I was already geared up for car shopping, I decided to take a punt and go to see a nice looking silver Jaguar X-Type 2.2d SE – heated leather, electric everything, built in sat nav – the works.  Not really a model I’ve ever given a second thought to, to be honest, but after seeing her up close and going for a test drive I was completely and utterly sold.

Well, one thing inevitably led to another, and I am now a proud Jag owner, 3 months ahead of schedule.  Here she is:

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