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Jaguar XJ-Series, Sedan
#1701 of 2806 HID lights for 1997 XJ?
May 02, 2003 (6:02 pm)
Ok, here's where I show my ignorance...
I have a burned out foglamp. The dealer wants $230 plus $45 labor to replace it. I assume it's halogen because they tell me HID isn't available for my model year and they won't install them.
I found an H3 Xenon HID kit for around $540 that includes two bulbs and two sets of ballast, plus a wiring harness. Given the cost to replace ONE bulb at the dealer, this seems like a reasonable buy..
But I don't know if these kits will fit my car. Are the Jaguar foglamps sealed beam units? Or it it as simple as removing the burnt out bulb and replacing it with the H3 HID bulb, then connecting the ballast?
The Jaguar dealer is being completely unhelpful since I'm talking to them about desacrating the original equipment.
#1702 of 2806 No bees in this Bonnet...
May 02, 2003 (6:03 pm)
You're right, it's a bonnet.. How silly of me to forget that
May 02, 2003 (6:16 pm)
Wow.. $35K for an XJR... I paid $36K for my 97 VDP+extended warranty two years ago. I would have loved an XJR!
The extended warranty will set you back around $2,800. I haven't used mine much, but if I have a major problem, I'm covered for the cost of the $100 co-payment. If you buy a car under Select Edition warranty, you can always add the extended warranty after the SE warranty runs out (which will be soon).
Bill (or someone else) will tell you what to look for. I suppose all things being equal, lower miles is better, but lower price makes for smaller monthly payments.
May 02, 2003 (6:31 pm)
Yes, the aerial should be cleaned and lubed. My radio displays the message "Clean Aerial" about every 3 months.
May 02, 2003 (7:31 pm)
It's perfectly understandable. You were just getting over the shock of it opening the wrong way, and forgot what to call it.
I personally agree with you, in that the touches such as the bonnet's opening direction, etc. should have stayed on the 2004 model, despite that not being mainstream. It made up part of the uniqueness of the car, and Jaguars are not cars for everyone, so they should be a little quirky (for lack of a better adjective). Thank goodness the J-gate stayed! The bonnet opening this way works on the models like S-type and X-type, however, because they opened in the direction they do today the same way on the original 60's S-type and Mk 2.
#1706 of 2806 Coffee (I think) spilled on the wood around the shifter plate
May 03, 2003 (9:21 am)
I don't know how long it has been there but it has hardened onto the wood in one area. Any idea what will take it off without eating the varnish of the wood?
May 03, 2003 (8:34 pm)
I would just keep using a damp, soft towel and allow the moisture to loosen the coffee without allowing it to soak the wood. Jaguar wood is pretty durable, and the varnish is thick, so damage should be difficult. I would never try to scrape anything off it though. Just rub it gently with a moist towel; I would think that would remove it.
May 05, 2003 (5:50 am)
I am currently a BMW owner but seriously considering XJ8. Local Dealer has 2003 with 8000 miles - they are asking 47k for it - Carfax report is clean although previous owner was a major car rental place.
So here's my questions - does this sound like a decent price and what about it being from a car rental agency - a little concerned about this.
Does anyone expect the current XJ8's to depreciate even faster with the new 2004 styling coming out...
#1709 of 2806 Graymule XJ8
May 10, 2003 (11:01 am)
I always try to be careful with this stuff. Buying a Jag seems more of an emotional decision than a logical one. I just spotted a 2002 XJS at expomc.com with a bit over 12K on the clock at a "buy it now" of under 37K and a 2002 XJ8(L) with 7500 miles for 37.5K and there's probably some room to work with. Granted, they're a year older and you'd have to ship, but basically they're the same car. I bought from these guys, the car was great and the money I saved was significant.
FYI, my brother in law was the GM of a nationally known rental outfit in Las Vegas and said he'd never buy a car off a rental lot. The client that rents a Jag is probably not going to abuse it (unless it's Bill.....then it might go to the track) and there's plenty of warranty time left, but buyer beware.
On the last question....it's anybody's quess. Jaguars depreciate like any other luxury car. I think most XJ's are attractive automobiles long term. The new car seems to have significant torsional rigidity improvements and engineering advancements but I wouldn't bet that those issues translate into accelerated depreciation for older models.
Good luck Jag hunting. You'll never regret owning a good one.
I've actually been considering a 7 series (older model) any suggestions?
#1710 of 2806 new (used) 1991Sovereign Jag XJ-40 owner
May 12, 2003 (12:22 pm)
Well against my better thinking I did it. If it wasn't for the fact it was a real one owner, church lady, garage kept, cared for, never smoked in, radio not blasted owned I wouldn't have bought it (for $2500). Three typical problems, check engine light (to be determined), a/c doesn't blow cold (hoping for a freon charge fix) and the all to typical cracked tail light lenses (but found a good deal $98 a pair).
It has 123K miles on it and won't be a daily driver. My first question, will synthetic oil do it any good? And last but not least, is ther eany problem areas I should look for before I'm stranded on I-95?