Remember the article I posted about buying OEM oil filters? I found out the hard way that buying parts off of eBay may save you money but may also affect the drivability of the car! I bought an “OEM” distributor cap from eBay and it didn’t fit very well. It was loose and wobbled a bit after attaching the spring clips. I didn’t think much of it until the car lost a lot of power trying to go up hills. After putting on the old cap (which still fit snug) the problem went away. I guess name brand parts are still the way to go.
However, what do you do when the Jaguar dealership prices the distributor cap at $97 and Coventry West has the same one for $39 plus $11 shipping? And what do you do when the dealership wants $185 for the plug wires and a set of Bosch wires is only $55 at AutoZone? There comes a place and time when you have to do what makes sense financially. In this instance, the cheaper option is still a good one because the cap is OEM and the wires are from a quality company. That makes the decision a bit easier.
Working at Leikin Motor Companies has given me access to a variety of nice vehicles over the last five years. In the SUV category, I have driven Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Audi, Acura, Cadillac, Lincoln, SAAB, and Infiniti models. But to date, I have never seen or driven one made by Jaguar. From the looks of things, Jaguar is jumping into the ring with a concept cross over vehicle called the CX-17. The big question is whether it will be able to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Volvo XC60, and the BMW X3. The concept carries over the recent design themes of Jaguar with the grill and lights. But will people cross over to drive the new cat? It seems odd for Jaguar to have an SUV. But who would have thought that Buick, Cadillac, and SAAB would have an SUV? Times have been changing.