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#7 of 54 How Much Should Pay for Immaculate one meticulous owner 1990 Jaguar XJ6 Sovereign 113,000 miles
Apr 16, 2000 (2:04 pm)
I don't need headaches. How come the bluebook is so much higher for these cars than what I read here. I have been given chance to purchase this car for $5,000 raised by $1850.00 (half the Kellybook dealer difference) for a total asking price of $6,850. One meticulous owner but car has 113,000 (possibly 128,000?). Have no problem with keeping up 3,000 mi oil changes and 15,000 tuneups but what do you suggest. Oh yes How much does this scheduled maintenance cost on average and what about this rust linkage I read about?
Apr 16, 2000 (5:56 pm)
The price seems fair enough.
Prices for used cars are ultimately decided not by Price Guides but by supply and demand. Since there are more of these cars than there are people who want them, the price drops until the number starts to find buyers. This is what happens with used Jaguars. They won't bring retail blue book because sales resistance is high (low demand). And, of course, the prices are low because of the reputation. So when it comes time to make an offer on one of these cars, you have to decide if all those people who won't pay a high price for the car are right or not. Something is obviously scaring the majority of buyers away, and this is worth investigating thoroughly. In some cases, the prejudice against a certain car is not so well founded (let's say, Mazda RX-7s or MGBs or Audi 100s or Infiniti Q 45s).
My advice usually is this: if you can't stand the thought of spending $100/150 a month average (you'll have good months and bad months) to maintain an older luxury car, then don't buy it, because I feel that will end up being the reality in most cases, whether it be old jaguar or old Benz. Of course, to this $150/month you should add insurance and fuel costs.
The car may be cheap, but the maintenance requirement is the same as when the car was new.
Given the price of a new one, $150 a month doesn't seem so much, even $250 a month...you won't get a monthly payment or a lease for that. If you need a car that costs less per month, shop elsewhere.
Apr 21, 2000 (5:31 am)
Bad idea. These cars are best avoided In My Experience..
#10 of 54 Jaguar purchase query
Apr 25, 2000 (7:27 pm)
I am looking to purshase a Jaguar XJ6, and my question is fairly simple. What is the eraliest year that one could make a used XJ6 purchase, and get the advantage of the Ford quality control improvements? I've done some research, and I've heard all the horror tales. I'm mentally prepared that this car will not be nirvana, but I would love to own a Jag, and I would like to give myself the best chance at getting a good one without overspending. Would the '92 or '93 models be too risky? Thanks for any and all help.
Apr 25, 2000 (8:57 pm)
I'd say 1996 on up to be certain of reasonable service, and under 50,000 miles. These have not yet proven to be high mileage cars.
#12 of 54 Help on 1994 Jaguar XJ6
May 11, 2000 (8:02 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 (10:25 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 (5:00 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 (12:54 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 (10:57 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.