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#231 of 240 jaguar xj8 won't start - flooded ?
Oct 22, 2000 (2:05 am)
I have a 98 xj8 and for the second time in 6 months it has failed to turn over. I think it is flooding but the last time the dealer said they could not duplicate the problem. Manual says to press the acc all the way to start if flooding is suspected. That doesn't work... Is flooding a common problem with these cars ? love the car, but...this is starting to get scary
Oct 22, 2000 (9:19 pm)
This is the classic conference, so I'd suggest you deal with new car problems over in the <maintenance.> department. Good luck!
#233 of 240 Help!!! to Explain Please....
Oct 22, 2000 (9:33 pm)
I'm considering buying a 1991 SIII jag, but I'm concerned about the vehicle's safety and I'm confused by the Edmunds comments regarding the air bag. The write-up on new equiment for 1991 says a bigger engine is available and an AIR Bag has been added to the standard equipment however there is no mention of an air-bag on the stand equipment list.
Oct 23, 2000 (1:39 am)
If it's a 91 Series III, then what you're looking at is an XJ12, with a 5.4l V-12 engine. Jag switched the XJ6 from the Series III body to the XJ40 body in 1988. The XJ12's didn't make the switch until 1992. Edmunds data is probably for the XJ40, as 4 door, V-12 Jaguars are relatively rare. (Let's not get into the sedan/coupe thing again). The Jag V-12 engine is to be avoided unless a.) You're motor boat needs an anchor, or b.)You have very VERY deep pockets. If you like the body style of the 91 you're looking at, consider am 86 or 87 XJ6. If you really really want the airbag, look at a 92 or newer XJ40, as the ones made before that were dogs as far as reliability goes.
Oct 27, 2000 (6:23 am)
Because of the image of the Jaguar I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to buy a Jag XJ6 1987.
Are there any special problems with this model or Year or is this a "better one" ?
Oct 27, 2000 (2:04 pm)
Well, certainly better than the earlier models, but that's not saying much. It's the usual jaguar bugaboos that have been listed often in this topic, but you are much better off with the 6 than the 12. You could end up with a fairly decent car here, but you'll be nickeled and dimed all the way, even if you're lucky. My friend's 86 has been pretty okay, really, but it is slowly disintegrating and he's not very fussy. The perfect Jaguar owner in a way. Just be careful and have the car gone over very very carefully, and stay on top of everything and it could be a reasonable pleasant experience. But if you're not maintenance conscious and aren't hooked up with a good and honest shop, I'd think twice.
Oct 29, 2000 (5:48 am)
I found a 1993 XJS convertible with 50,900 miles at a local dealer. The body looks in good shape as well as the interior. What are some of the things that have plagued this model year, and is this too high a price to pay? I understand from following you that I should allot approx. $150 per month for repairs. I wanted your response before approaching the dealer.
Oct 30, 2000 (2:35 pm)
I'd offer maybe $15K for it...as for problems, you should check into the <Sedans.> topic, as this is a modern car, not a classic, and so should really be discussed over there. I say Sedans because I don't think there's much discussion in Convertibles on this car, but sedans has more and it's the same basic powertrain. I really don't know much about the later models.
#239 of 240 XJS convertible
Nov 07, 2000 (2:07 am)
Just to set the record straight: I owned a 1995 XJS convertible (4.0) for over 4 years, and the car was a dream. I have never loved a car as much, and miss it regularly. It did not have *one* problem ever. Totally reliable in 50k miles. Regular maintenance is probably the key, and that'll set you back a few $ a year, but it is well worth it.
#240 of 240 Which to buy
Nov 10, 2000 (4:01 am)
I am right now looking at a 1990 XJ6 with about 160K miles (more about it in another category). But, my question for this room is which would be a better car for about the same price: a 90 XJ6 with the high mile, or a late series III with average miles. Based on things like reliability, cost of repairs, future as a possible classic, fun to drive, looks, and/or anything else you think is important that I should consider. Thanks a lot!