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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-26-2010, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought a 1996 Jaguar XJS swith about 54,000 miles. It will become my daily driver. I am keeping my 2000 Taurus SE-S (Duratec) with 167,000 miles.

Will my reliable Taurus become less reliable now that I'm driving it once a week versus every day for 50 miles round trip? Do I need to pay any special attention to this Taurus now that it becomes a secondary car? I promise to drive it at least 50 miles once every other week, probably more in the winter.
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Driving it once a week will be fine. Just remember that if you don't go through a tank of gas within a month it'll go bad and you'll need to add some gas treatment to it.





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That's an excellent point. Thanks.
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I'd drive the Taurus daily and use the Jag as a once in a while vehicle. Jag will hold it's value better and already has low miles.
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Driving it once a week will be fine. Just remember that if you don't go through a tank of gas within a month it'll go bad and you'll need to add some gas treatment to it.[/b]
Care to elaborate? What is wrong with gas over a month old?
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What about the oil? Now that I'm reduced to changing oil once or twice a year, should I consider synthetic, or will the good old dino stuff suffice?

If I'm only putting a few thousand on it every year, the current oil will likely be in use for 6 months or more.

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What about the oil? Now that I'm reduced to changing oil once or twice a year, should I consider synthetic, or will the good old dino stuff suffice?

If I'm only putting a few thousand on it every year, the current oil will likely be in use for 6 months or more.

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You should consider synthetic regardless. And now that you're only changing it every 6-12 months it will be that much cheaper to use better oil.
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I'm confused, what bad happens to the car when it sits? And the gas? My car just sat about a year and a half while I saved for the repairs, ran it around the block about four times in that period to test the engine (illegal to actually drive it any great distance), she seems fine and the gas works, it's over a year old. Before I had it it sat for 6 years in an airplane hanger, the tires went sort of kaput but it wasn't too worse for wear, a little rusty. Taurus seems pretty durable when you let it sit.

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I'm confused, what bad happens to the car when it sits? And the gas? My car just sat about a year and a half while I saved for the repairs, ran it around the block about four times in that period to test the engine (illegal to actually drive it any great distance), she seems fine and the gas works, it's over a year old. Before I had it it sat for 6 years in an airplane hanger, the tires went sort of kaput but it wasn't too worse for wear, a little rusty. Taurus seems pretty durable when you let it sit.
My Bull sat off and on for 14yrs. It had 56k miles on it when I got it. So far the coolant tank cracked and leaked, the rear brakes exploded and had to be totally replaced, the cam synchro failed, the engine belt, the end links are rattling over bumps. Other than that the car gets 25.9 mpg on the last tank (I drove it like a grandpop).


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My Bull sat off and on for 14yrs. It had 56k miles on it when I got it. So far the coolant tank cracked and leaked, the rear brakes exploded and had to be totally replaced, the cam synchro failed, the engine belt, the end links are rattling over bumps. Other than that the car gets 25.9 mpg on the last tank (I drove it like a grandpop).



Uh oh, let's hope my luck with the sitting car holds out then I don't like the sound of exploding brakes! But this gives me an excuse to search the forums about brakes and poke around in there some more...

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