From roughly 2000 on, what would you offer as the "best" modern sedan under $75,000 in the following categories:
* Exterior aesthetics
* Interior comfort (front AND BACK seats)
* Performance (power / braking / handling)
* Overall value (extra points for being a markedly better buy used than an equally priced new car)
I am in your boat on this, and I would take any of the later model E Class units with the CDI engine. For me a car has to provide utility at that price. True examples of great engineering and craftsmanship coupled with an enduring style just can't be had for $75k or less.
A one year old Jaguar XFR or XJ.
The used value drops like a stone. We got our XF as a 10 month old service loaner with 9k miles on it. New: $57,000. CPO with a 7 year, 100k mile warranty: $39,500.
2000 and on Jags are extremely reliable. We put over 400k miles on four Jags (the last a 2003 XJ8 with 110k) and didn't have one bit of unscheduled service on any of them.
All are fast as a stabbed rat, comfortable, stylish. But buy one new and you'll take in the shorts the first year.
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