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Heroes And Villains: 2001 BMW 740iL vs 2000 Jaguar XKR

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Throughout literary history, it’s been a constant theme that both good and evil can involve moral grey areas. Protagonists often have character flaws, while even bad guys have limits on violence. Heroes and villains can be complicated figures, and what better way to translate this to cheap cars than to pit an E38 BMW 7 Series against a Jaguar XKR convertible?

Yep, today’s matchup features one hero car and one villain car from the world’s longest-running franchise of spy films. Of course we’re talking about James Bond. More than that, both of them come from Pierce Brosnan’s time as Agent 007, a run that’s very much a love-it-or-hate-it proposition, while we’re on the subject of lines in the sand.

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But first, let’s take a look at how The Bishop’s matchup of designer-branded Lincolns, one rocking Cartier and the other Givenchy, went.

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Fair enough. That Town Car is absolutely mint, and likely the better buy given the Mark V’s not-quite-original status. Either way, phenomenal cruisers, but in case that’s not your bag, let’s pick up the pace with two icons from the Brosnan era.

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2001 BMW 740iL — $14,595

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Engine/drivetrain: 4.4-liter V8, five-speed automatic transmission.

Location: Springfield, Ill.

Odometer reading: 139,000 miles.

Operational status: Runs and drives.

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While James Bond is known for flashy sets of wheels, in 1997’s “Tomorrow Never Dies”, the titular agent evades baddies in something borderline understated. This was the last 7 Series before Chris Bangle reinvented BMW’s styling language for the 21st century, and as a result, it’s a conservative, classically handsome design that’s aged as well as a tailored black suit. No wonder Bond drove one.

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Now granted, Agent 007 helmed a V12-powered 750iL instead of this V8-powered 740iL, but a long-wheelbase 7 Series on M Parallels is about as close as you’ll get, given the lifecycle of depreciated German flagships. This one’s hung on long enough to be on the upswing, and it looks remarkably tidy for having 139,000 miles on the clock.

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Mind you, heroes often have character flaws, and there is one boogeyman lurking in the background here. While the listing claims $10,000 worth of recent work, one thing not on the list is a timing system service. The M62TUB44 V8 in this car is known for fragile timing chain guides, and that’s not a fun job to tackle.

2000 Jaguar XKR — $9,500

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Engine/drivetrain: Four-liter supercharged V8, five-speed automatic transmission.

Location: Long Beach, Calif.

Odometer reading: 120,952 miles.

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Operational status: Runs and drives.

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On the other hand, maybe you find that being bad can feel pretty good. Maybe your idea of a good time is a cat-and-mouse chase through an ice hotel, like in “Die Another Day”. Well, good news, because an XKR convertible like Zao’s can now be bought on the cheap.

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We’re talking about a ragtop slice of Cool Britannia, an era of optimistic cultural dominance. So what if some of the bones were borrowed from ’70s austerity? With a fresh, bold face and unforgettable views, the XKR really is lightning in a bottle. Hell, this generation of XK was good enough for two spy franchises, even if one had a more mocking tone.

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While at least one of the XKRs used in the film featured a Ford 302 V8, this one boasts the correct four-liter supercharged V8, good for a stout 370 horsepower. It’s good enough to make this drop-top boogie, but it isn’t without faults. Like the engine in the 740iL, the four-liter in this Jag is known for timing chain guide wear, proving that protagonists and antagonists aren’t always dissimilar.

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However, this villain could be rocking an armored core, with the listing claiming that the timing chain tensioners have been replaced, with the old parts reportedly available as proof. Sure, this XKR may have nearly 121,000 miles on the clock, but it seems to have been kept in decent shape over the past 24 years.

So, which side are you on? Do you sympathize with the anti-hero, or would you have more fun causing a little chaos to further your own ends?

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Derek van Veen
Derek van Veen
6 days ago

They’re both money pits, but I’d take the BMW as it is more practical (and less likely to break stupidly…expensively, yes, but stupidly, no).

ES
ES
10 days ago

Sorry, just catching up, but is no one going to congratulate the Jag owner on brilliantly on the nose vanity plates?

Segador
Segador
10 days ago

The BMW is obviously the better car, in better condition, but the price is insane.

Hiram McDaniel
Hiram McDaniel
10 days ago

I have that same supercharged 4.0 in my 2001 XJR. It is a fantastic motor, it feels like it could pull a stump with torque. Too bad Jag doesn’t provide a limited slip option in the XJR or the XKR.

Rod Millington
Rod Millington
11 days ago

The E38 looks better and has a roof that won’t break and/or leak so it’s the BMW for me.

Add in RealOEM and FCP Euro and you’re all set.

SurvivedAPintoCrash
SurvivedAPintoCrash
11 days ago

Both prices are crazy!!!
Voted Jag just because it’s cheaper…

BMW is one of the best designs EVER!

R Rr
R Rr
11 days ago

The only reason I voted for the Jag is that the BMW’s price is a little insane, and the Jag’s timing job sealed the deal.

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
11 days ago

I like big Jags and I can’t deny. Look at it!

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
11 days ago

Shaguar all day, every day, and twice on Sunday.

Arrest-me Red
Arrest-me Red
11 days ago

Both are terrible ideas, I like the looks of the Jaaaaaag.

Freelivin2713
Freelivin2713
11 days ago

Beemer looks better and will be a blast to drive

Jason Smith
Jason Smith
11 days ago

While I like e38’s, if both are all-but guaranteed headaches; I’m choosing the one that’s going to be a drop-dead gorgeous headache (and will let me say “I’ve got a Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggg…)
XKR for me!

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
11 days ago

I’m gonna go with the Jag. It’s cheaper to buy, will likely be similarly expensive to maintain, is faster, look more sexy and I suspect is more likely to become collectible in the future.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
11 days ago

Bond should always drive a Jag

SurvivedAPintoCrash
SurvivedAPintoCrash
11 days ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

You spelled Aston Martin wrong…

Myk El
Myk El
11 days ago

The yellow face, it burns us. So no drop top for me. Make the Jag a Coupe, and I’m on board.

Mark VI
Mark VI
11 days ago

For the most part, I have always favored American cars. I have also wanted to own a jag but I chose the bimmer only because I fear the prospect a leaky convertible roof.

Epochellipse
Epochellipse
11 days ago

XKR all day every day.

67 Oldsmobile
67 Oldsmobile
11 days ago

I really would wish the xkr wasn’t a convertible so I could vote for it. I would rather do the timing chains on the bmw. Why can’t just everybody use timing belts dammit.

Urban Runabout
Urban Runabout
11 days ago

If you’re going to do German or British Luxury Depreciation – at least choose one in something other than Lease-Special Silver or Black.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
11 days ago

The Jag is jelly-bean ugly.

The BMW is vastly overpriced (specifically not checking other sites to back myself up, just feeling it out).

You can haggle to fix a price, but you can’t haggle your way out of ugly. BMW.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
11 days ago

Wait wait, are parts there for the car phone? I don’t care if it doesn’t work anymore. MAKE IT WORK! Voted BMW for the CAR PHONE.

Jeep Liberty, MY LEG!
Jeep Liberty, MY LEG!
11 days ago

The XKR/XK8 is my token brit sports car. If I had the 10 large I would be on that like white on rice.

VogonFord
VogonFord
11 days ago

Jaaaaaaag

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