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#12 of 54 Help on 1994 Jaguar XJ6
May 11, 2000 (9:02 pm)
I am planning on buying a 1994 Jag XJ6 with 104k Millage. The asking price is $ 7.5k. Could someone who is well knoledgeable with this cars have any information that may help me ? The car is in excellent condition. My only concern is I know older jags have common electric problems, and due to the nature of monies invloved, I would hate to buy it only to spend more on fixing it rather than enjoying the ride. please advise. ...
May 11, 2000 (11:25 pm)
Well, you're getting the car at quite a bargain price, so there's room for you to put some money in it and still bail out in one piece if the car goes sour on you. You might examine all the service records to see how the car has been behaving. If you're expecting Benz reliability and Toyota repair prices you're really in the wrong car I think. But if you're willing to throw $100/150 a month at the car to keep it tiptop, then you've got your eyes open and you can enjoy the car.
#14 of 54 PURCHASING A 1995 XJ6 SOVEREIGN
Jun 06, 2000 (6:00 pm)
I'M LOOKING AT AN 1995 XJ6 SOVEREIGN, WITH 47,000 MILES ON IT. CAR LOOKS GREAT BUT I;M CONCERNED
ABOUT REPUTATION AND RELIABILITY. THE ASKING PRICE IS $20,000, IS THIS TOO MUCH FOR MY WIFES
Jun 07, 2000 (1:54 am)
Again, as I have posted in another topic, my only reservation about the newer Jags is that they have not demonstrated the ability to hold up after many miles....if you buy a clean 1995 and sell it before 100,000 miles, you might do fine...although you will suffer a lot in depreciation...fortunately for you, the car has already gone through most of it's depreciation---but in five more years you will probably lose another $10,000 in value.
That's why I advice people to buy with very low miles, and use the car a great deal up to 100K--in that way you get your money's worth, rather than just sitting on a rapidly depreciating liability.
The same is true for other "luxury" cars, too, like Ferrari, Bentley,7-series BMW...they sink like a stone for 10 years or so it seems.
#16 of 54 Is it a good deal?
Nov 04, 2000 (11:57 pm)
I just found a 1990 XJ6 soverign. British racing green, tan leather - exactly what a jag should look like. The outside is in great shape. On the inside, there are a few little problems like the cloth on the roof is sagging a little in the back and on the sun roof. I took it out on the road and it seems to handle fairly well. Several observations though:
1)When you turn the steering wheel, it makes a very slight/grinding/moaning sound.
2)whenever you get the rpms up over about 3400, it makes a squeling sound, sorta like what a loose belt will make. But it only does this at that rpm or higher.
Other than that, I can't tell as if there seems to be anything else wrong with it. It does have a ton of miles - 160 K. They are asking 5K for it, which to me doesn't seem to awful, and I think I can talk them down a little. Is this a good deal, you think? I haven't taken it to a mechanic yet, but planning on taking it to the dealership here soon. Also, this won't be a daily driver, just something to drive around like on the weekends and the such. So, even with the high miles, should I still be really weary about the 150 a month maintanence? Just wondering. Any advice would be great.
Nov 06, 2000 (7:42 pm)
Well, it's cheap enough...I'd certainly have it thoroughy checked out top to bottom and get a list of what it needs. Given the high miles, the car isn't going to ever be worth much, so you don't want to be putting money into it...i'd rather see you spend more and get a lower mileage car. At 160K, the car is basically used up...at least as far as the original designers and builders intended it to go.
#18 of 54 Wondering if asking price is worth it.
Nov 22, 2000 (8:20 pm)
I have a chance to purchase a 1990 XJ6 Soverign. Dear green w/ neutral leather. The car has 108,000. The car was wholesaled to the dealership where it sits now. It was a new car trade. There are no maintence records on the car. It looks and rides great. There are no noticable defects. All power options work fine. They are asking $4500 for the car. Is it worth it??? What types of maintance items can I expect having to do. I keep seeing references to monthly maintence costs of 150 per month. This car will not be an everyday driver, but something for the weekends and longer highway trips. I have always been a Benz guy, I have owned a couple of 300 E's. I have also owned BMW 7 and 5 series (early 1990 models) as well as Saab's. How does this Jag compare to those models?? Any help will be appreciated.
Nov 23, 2000 (12:00 am)
I'd say you'll find the Jaguar much nicer riding, quieter, better appointed and certainly prettier, while you'll find the BMW and Mercedes better handling and more reliable. If you can live with a Saab, you can probably live with a Jaguar, as they are both prone to spotty reliability and high repair costs in the 1990 model year.
Jan 17, 2001 (2:58 pm)
I have had a 1986 Jaguar XJ6 for 5 years. It is still running fine with around 107,000 miles on it. The average maintenance fees was around $1,500 a year, including new rear-brake (an over $1,000 job) and snow tires.
You would know the true meaning of driving pleasure when you drive it. The ride was great.
Sometimes I have problem to start the car after a week of not driving it when the temperature dropped to levels well below 10 degree C. But all it needed was just a boost and it can run again.
Jan 17, 2001 (4:00 pm)
Good for you, and thanks for the feedback....I was always struggling with dead batteries on my Saab, too, but in that case I think they placed it too close to the turbo and cooked it about once a year!