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#1844 of 2806 1996 Jaguar XJ, Should I?
Dec 08, 2003 (10:12 am)
To all owners past and present, I am seriously thinking about a 1996 sedan, with 80,000 miles. I am used to driving 1960's Fords and Lincolns. Will a Jaguar cause me to lose my mind and my retirement savings? I realize that maintenance will be high but are there idiosyncrasies in this car that are way out of the expected? As an example of what I mean; I was interested in an Audi until I read that one of the early 90's models (A4, I think) requires a complete new front-end, every 30,000 miles, at a cost of $4,000 because of the way it was designed-individual parts can't be replaced, only the whole unit. Any advice or comments on the Jag will be appreciated.
Dec 10, 2003 (5:03 pm)
on whether this is going to be a hobby car, or your daily driver. As a weekend car, maintenance costs shouldn't be too prohibitive. As a daily driver, it could be fairly undependable. Leaks will be frequent and plentiful. Electrical gremlins will haunt. It will always be something. I know of no catastrophic weaknesses in the 96, but you're much better off with a 98 or newer. Anyway, that's just my opinion.
The Dr. across the street from me has a 90 XJ-6, which he drives all he can in the winter. But he also has a Chevy Impala to drive when the Jag's in the shop, and in the summer because the British A/C isn't up to the task here in the southwest.
#1846 of 2806 houstonmerc.....carphone
Dec 18, 2003 (9:27 pm)
I am looking at the 2004 XJ as well. I currently have a 2001 LS430 and looked into getting a new one. The Lexus has "BlueTooth" capability and does not require you to buy a Lexus phone the way Mercedes, BMW and Jag do. You use your own service and all you do is upgrade your cell phone to have the bluetooth technology. The Lexus picks up the info and allows you to use the car phone features seamlessly. My only problem is that the Jag looks soooooo cool! I'm willing to give up some of the Lexus quality, quiet and electrogadgetry to get into a XJ8.
Dec 19, 2003 (6:20 pm)
I feel the same way.
#1848 of 2806 the tahoe, the comments...........
Dec 26, 2003 (4:30 pm)
happy holidays everyone!
i'm the mom whose hubby got her a tahoe instead of another jag....
so i've been in the tahoe for a few months now. i do love the roominess of it (looks much less cluttered than my old xj6, always full of boy stuff) but i still experience "car shock" on a frequent basis. and i'm always at the gas station.
i was standing outside a local restaurant the other night w/some girlfriends. i asked what the one was driving that eve (she has several choices); it was the bmw convertible. she said she still looks for my black jag at school, restaurants, parties etc. my next buddy then says, as the tahoe pulls up, "this is so not you. we really miss your jag!" no kidding, girls!
my husband is taking a beating on this as people often ask me, in his presence, how i like my new vehicle. i just cannot lie on this one!! and, to add to my distress, my 5 year old son points out every jag he sees on the road!! and there's lots of jags here in so. fla.- at school, in the neighborhood, etc.
if i'd have been thinking clearer, i'd have gotten a suburban that hubby could taken after a few years when his old one dies. then i could've begged and pleaded for another jag.
i see lots of the new '04s on the road. are people happy w/this car? looks like a ford to me. (wonder why?) and it seems like it's a bit of trouble to get body repairs on the aluminum...
best to all- heidi in so. fla.
Dec 26, 2003 (5:00 pm)
Don't know how you get that, Heidi. The car looks the very same, which is one thing the critics hold against it!
#1850 of 2806 The Comments
Dec 31, 2003 (5:25 pm)
I know how you feel. Recently I sold my Q45t and purchased a Navigator, oops! I sold the Navigator within 2 months. We really do spend a great deal of time in our cars (some of us more than others) and life is to short to drive a car you don't enjoy. I am currently looking for a 2000 or 2001 XJR. I have driven a couple, they seem pretty solid (and very, very fast). At first I was looking at the 2001 S-Type 4.0, but not nearly enough power after being spoiled by the Q and the interiors didn't seem to wear well as they passed 50,000 miles.
Any suggestions on the 00-01 XJR anyone? I intend to purchase one with low miles, extend the factory warranty and I have a spare "Chevy" to drive when the Jag is in the shop. I did get pretty spoiled by the Infiniti and their incredible service Dept. I hope the Jag dealer is as good.
Jan 01, 2004 (5:31 pm)
I have a landlord who has an 01 XJR. He has nothing but great things to say, and also says he has had -0- trouble with the car. You may not even need the Chevy.
Jan 01, 2004 (8:03 pm)
I have not been able to get any feed back at all on the XJR, I hope your neighbors experiance is typical. Since I plan to buy one under factory warranty the worst it could do is cost me time. After driving a couple of XJR's I think I understand what the magazines mean by classifying the XJR as a "carnival ride", fast, scary and fun is my interpretation.
I'll keep the Chevy, you never know when it might come in handy.
Jan 02, 2004 (7:10 pm)
Best of luck! It's a hellova ride, at least