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Jaguar XJ-Series, Sedan
#21 of 2801 XJ6 or XJ12 Sedans
Feb 24, 2001 (10:05 am)
I know that this board is for XJ6 cars but don't turn down a good '94 or '95 XJ12 just because of the extra six cylinders. If properly cared for the 12's are just as dependable as the 6's. Had a neighbor who had a '94 12cyl and a new Cadillac with the Northstar engine. Guess which one gave her the most trouble? Hers was the standard XJ12L but not the Van den Plas. This was in 1999. The Jaguar was her deceased husband's car. The Cadillac had to be towed out of the garage on 6 or more occasions and she followed it to the dealership with the Jaguar. We chatted frequently and she drove out to her sister's in Spokane from suburban Detroit with the Jaguar instead of the Cadillac. She felt that it was the more dependable of the two. Except for using a ton of gas, the car was trouble free both ways.
#22 of 2801 Hooray for Jaguar.
Feb 24, 2001 (10:27 am)
Thanks, netranger 4.
These are great stories proving once again that there are a lot of people who have had very positive expierence with the "Cat" !
It must have humbled the caddie dealer to see her pull in "six or more times" in her Jag following behind a tow truck with the caddie dangling !
Wonder why people "don't get the picture"?
Keep the Jag lore coming our way.
#23 of 2801 "Wonder why people 'don't get the picture?'"
Feb 24, 2001 (12:53 pm)
Unfortunately, it's easier to earn a bad reputation for yourself than build a good one. All of the unreliable Jags of the 70's and 80's are still haunting the company today, and it will take a while for their newfound dependability to win over disgruntled former owners left on the side of the road one too many times by an overheated V-12. FWIW, IMHO, (my the abbreviations!), if I were going to go for an XJ12, I'd get the 95 over the 94. The 95's a thousand times better looking than the 1994.
Feb 24, 2001 (2:39 pm)
The Jag V8 and SHO V8 are totally different. The SHO V8 is actually a Yamaha engine just like the SHO V6 was.
#25 of 2801 XJ-6 1995-1997
Feb 24, 2001 (5:32 pm)
are the 1995-1997 Vanden Plas as long as the 1997 XJ6L, which is 5 in. longer then the regular XJ6?
#26 of 2801 re: length
Feb 24, 2001 (6:05 pm)
Yes, the XJ6L is the same length as the VDP. The difference is standard equipment levels, and those cool aeroplane style picnic tables in the VDP.~ A.R.
#27 of 2801 Question of rear seat comfort
Feb 24, 2001 (7:39 pm)
In my opinion, I prefer and would only buy the VDP or the L series for the reason that the back seat leg room in the XJ6 is miniscual at best.
These JAGS are really one or two passenger drivers cars since the back seat leg room is very cramped. A passengers legs are humped up and are therefore without support of the rear seat which is low to begin with.
In other words, if you are going to have passengers opt only for the VDP or L series. The 5+/- inches makes rear seat occupants appreciate the ride and Jaguar style. Without it, anticipate stiff legs and ornery passengers, particularly on a journey of any length.
It is time to stretch the legs !
Feb 24, 2001 (8:54 pm)
You are so correct. Ours is a standard wheelbase. It is so cramped in the back for the kids. Go for the long wheelbase unless you are getting an XJR. That is the only reason to stick with the standard.
Or go for a coupe- about the same rear leg room!~ A.R.
#29 of 2801 Extended warrenties ?
Feb 24, 2001 (9:14 pm)
Incidently, I am still interested in extended warranties.
Once out of warranty, I think some repair cost protection is in order.
I know that you indicated that the Jaguar dealer's warrenty is great. But, what if you didn't buy through them ? Can you still do so?
All cars are expensive to repair JAGS being no exception and particuallry at dealerships. Luckily, a good "back ally" mechanic can also work with warranties.
Has anyone had experience with them?
I hear frightful stories about endless hassles, unpaid bills, denied claims, argumentative "customer reps.", and so on and so on.
If you have had an extended warrenty with your JAG or know of someone who has, let me know.
What are the pros and cons ?
What companies are the most reliable?
Got any ideas on these questions?
Happy "Jagin" !
#30 of 2801 Does the XJ8 have a history of engine problems?
Feb 25, 2001 (12:44 pm)
I am looking at XJ6's and XJ8's. My mechanic told me the XJ8's have a history of engine problems, mainly having to do with valves. I haven't seen anything on that topic in the current comments.
By the way, there is a company in Dallas called Texas Mustang Sales that sells used Jaguars at wholesale prices to the public. See www.texas-cars.com. The prices are $6K - $8K lower than the local dealerships.