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Re: car buying dilema - your thoughts wanted (archive)

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Posted by zenben on May 03, 2000 at 12:15:05:

In Reply to: car buying dilema - your thoughts wanted posted by Peter S on April 28, 2000 at 21:40:59:

: Ok, I know I'm going to catch flack from you 02 nuts but here me out.
: I'm looking at maybe buying 76 2002. Needs just about every smog part replaced to pass the CAL. smog tests - AND is already a 'gross pollutor' status today. Seller is not overly willing to negotiate a deal and I'm not willing to go higher than I already have. I wasn't really looking for an '02 but its a neighbors car and saw it in the local rag. It has great potential once the smog crap issues are sorted. Body etc is rust free but really dirty. Non-op registration for 3 years. Thats car 'A'.
: Car B is a 71 Jaguar XJ6 which has been converted with a Chevy V8. This year series and engine combo is what I've been looking for for some time. Its nearing twice the price of the 2002 but its already drivable, has NO SMOG requirements whatsoever, current registration etc.
: Wife loves both cars. I've never owned a Jag and would only want an old one as I think these are best for my tastes. I've owned 2 older BMWs - a 76 530i, and a 71 2800CS, both gone now.

: So the question is whether to get the BMW with its smog headaches and much worked needed, but great potential and inexpensive?
: OR, get the classis Jag which has no smog worries and more-so ready to drive as it is, but is more expensive?
: Your kind thoughts appreciated.

: Peter S
: 74 Alfa Spider
: 60 Morris Mini
: 92 Acura Legend
: 91 Acura Vigor

I have a complete EPA (smog kit) recently pulled from a 74, (should be identical to 76). If it would help in your decision, then I'll sell it for a reasonable sum. Many people pass the emmisions test with non-functional smog equiptment, so long as their cars are in a state of good tune. Basically, all you need is to have the stuff bolted on, so that you can pass the visual inspection portion of the test.

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