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#1077 of 2801 Stability Control option
Feb 13, 2002 (1:10 pm)
Hello everyone, I live in upstate NY and want to buy an 1997-1998 XJ model Jag long wheel base saloon.I need one with Stability Control because of the snowy winters here.My question is -what year did it become standard and how do you tell if a car is equipted with this option(other than trying to induce a slide). I am very thankful for the knowledge I have gained from this site .If it wasnt for the info here I would have bought a mercedes, from what I have read here it seems Jaguar is closing the gap on reliability and QC-this gives me the confidence to go buy one.
#1078 of 2801 Traction control
Feb 13, 2002 (4:07 pm)
If a '97 body XJ6L has traction control. You will find a button for traction control on the left side of the little "shelf" in front of the guages. The '98 body car will have a "trac" button on the center console.
#1079 of 2801 PR request
Feb 13, 2002 (5:08 pm)
A reporter is trying to find consumers who've traded up from mass-market brands (e.g. Toyota, Chevy, Ford, etc.) to luxury nameplates. He says, "I'm not looking for lottery winners, just regular folks who wanted more car." If you have a story to share, please send it to me at jfallonedmunds.com. It is helpful for you to include your e-mail, phone number and city/state of residence when you respond. Deadline for submission to this one is March 6. Thanks as always for your input!
Feb 13, 2002 (6:20 pm)
Hmm... car is worth about.. ohh.. $8K wholesale and $10K retail if its nice.
This one may be nice now, but it once was not so nice.
$5,000 seems fair, and if anything, cheap. Understand though that its never going to be worth much over 1/2 of fair market value.
You still do not know what the future holds, but if the work was truly done right... It may be worth a stab.
Feb 13, 2002 (6:22 pm)
If you can swing it.. buy a 1998. The V8s are phenomenal.
ALL 98+s have "ASC" that's standard. Up where you are tho, you want the "Weather Package" Which includes upgraded traction control (You want it) and Heated Front and Rear seats (Once you have them up north you wont ever want to live without them).
Like Mike said, look for a "TRAC OFF" button and Heated seats on a 97.
Feb 14, 2002 (6:45 am)
Good point. If it ends up going haywire is it better to junk it or take out the good parts and try to sell them. The interior is fairly new. I could make money off that right?
Feb 14, 2002 (8:18 am)
Engine is worth $700-800... Tranny similar... seats $250-300 each for the fronts. Easily.
I dont think you can get hurt here.
Feb 15, 2002 (10:09 pm)
Ok Bill---if I may ask you the same question that some others asked you earlier. I had an accident last fall in my XJ8 where I believe that the pirelli p4000e's slipped and caused me to lose traction. As it is, I don't trust the tires, and as luck would have it, one of them went flat last week---so I'm thinking now would be a good time to get a new set for my peace of mind as well. I'm looking at the dunlops--and I looked at tirerack.com, where they gave reviews of the dunlop sp sport 5000 assymetrical and symmetrical-are these the dunlops you were talking about? Tirerack consumers rateed, as the best, the michelin pilot sports a/s--what do you think of these? 95% of my driving is done on the highway at speeds around 60-85, in the d.c. area, where it snows about once a year, but we do get a reasonable amount of rain, so I'd like something that could leave me comfortable in these situations as well . . .Any thoughts---should I get the michelin, the sp symetrical or assymetrical? Thanks again for all your help-Shehzad
Feb 17, 2002 (8:42 pm)
I recently replaced my Pirelli's with Dunlop SP5000's. They seem fine. I did notice that the road noise inside the cabin seems quieter with the Dunlops. They are a W-rated tire, but so far I think the fastest I've had my cat on the tollroad and beltway has been around 93MPH. I don't drive like Bill...
I got my tires at Just Tires in Fairfax. They were around $125 each. I put a full set of 5 on.
Feb 17, 2002 (9:17 pm)
Good to see you again.
No, I hope you DONT drivelike me!
(BTW, Did you know that a 3.8 Mk2 Manual Overdrive will sail past 120 on the Central FL Greeneway? Really, it will!
OK... Go for the SP5000s like vdpguy said. Very nice tires. Good traction.
If it were me, I'd do NON Sport-Veloce P6000s and snows when/if needed.
Anything beats crappy TRXs tho.. haha