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#2351 of 2801 Re: Advise on buying my first jaguar - a '91 XJ6 [belvidere]
Feb 22, 2006 (1:21 pm)
Hi: I would steer clear of this year and this XJ series. Jag had just introduced this redesign a year or so earlier, and it had various problems, not to speak of the recent takeover at the time by Ford. (Does the '91 you're looking at still have mineral oil brakes? They fixed that problem after a year or so and returned to normal brake fluid.) They also had various engine problems. The styling was widely regarded as a flop--particularly the square headlights on all but the cheapest version, and the square rear lenses. In fact, sales were so low that they were forced to redesign the car for 1995. They also fixed a bunch of design and engineering problems in 1995. P.S.: I was President of the Jaguar Club of New Orleans throughout the 1980's, bought my first Jaguar new in 1973 (the first XJ-12), and currently own three Jaguars including the 1973 XJ-12. My newest one is a 1995 XJ-R which I almost replaced with a 2005 version, but bought a 2005 Audi A8 instead.
Feb 23, 2006 (12:22 pm)
This is my first post here...I am looking at a 97 xj6 with 76k miles on it for 13000.00. It's a one owner, emac cond.
What do you think of this car. What are the normal things that goes wrong with it...how muuch are the norema repairs, ....
What are the pros and cons on this car...any feedback would be helpful....
#2353 of 2801 1994 XJ6 Headlight problem
Feb 27, 2006 (3:28 pm)
My friend's 1994 XJ6 ( in excellent condition) has a headlight problem - you can't turn thrm off! - unless you disconnect the battery. 2 Jag mechanics have spent 4.5 hours trying to find the cause. Any possible solutions to this strange problem? Thanks.
#2354 of 2801 97 XJ6 -buy decision = YES
Mar 01, 2006 (9:52 am)
I bought a 97 XJ6 in 2001 with 25k on it. Its an great vehicle. I thought if I bought a "classic" luxury car like a Jag, I'd be more of a Car guy. It didn't work. I enjoy the car, but just don't spend my time tweaking it, polishing it, etc. Anyway...
My 97 has some quirks:
1) the auto seat positions buttons have a mind of their own. Sometimes the door lock will join in the rebellion. (Oddly enough, disconnecting the battery resets everything .)
2) If it misfires once, the "Check engine" light doesn't turn off until you get it reset.
3) I'd say if you are taller than 6'or have bad knees), you won't like getting in & out of this babe.
4) It is horrible in the snow. (But you will look good in it the other 300 days of the year).
Take it to a local shop for routine maintenance and you will save a lot of $$. If something really goes wrong, the dealer is the only one that can help.
Why is he selling it is the only real concern, I'd have. Did you see a newer Jag in the driveway?
#2355 of 2801 The cost of something is ...
Mar 01, 2006 (8:23 pm)
Sure, we've all had dreams about buying a geat car although used and getting some life out of it. But, lets review some basic economics. The cost of something is not what you pay for it but the difference between what you pay for it, ongoing maintenance costs, and eventually sell it for. Most of these used Jag sedans are going to be money pits for starry eyed people of moderate means.
Does that mean we should all buy used MB sedans? NO! The pricing while falling is too high and their reliability is too low. On top of that everyone and their brother is driving one. The best deal out there right now is probably a used '04 XJ for under 40K. Great car, great reliability, but low buy price because people still think that all Jags are like the ones discussed in these posts.
This reminds me of an article in one of the fine English car mags last month. Their plan was to take a used XJS, perform some basic maintenance at a leading US after market Jag parts specialist in NH and then drive it across the US. After two, repeat two tries, they gave up when they couldn't even get out of NH. And the car had been decently maintained, well prepped, and seemingly was ready to go. It was so bad they couldn't even diagnose the problems!
#2356 of 2801 My '06 XJ Super V8 is great!
Mar 02, 2006 (6:58 pm)
I just wanted to chime in with my great experience with my '06 XJ Super V8. I am not a die hard Jaguar fan, have not dreamed about owning a Jag all my life. I did not intend to buy a Jaguar this time around. But having done so, I am really happy. Here is my story.
I had owned a two Cadillac Eldorado STS from 1995 through 2000. I enjoyed the sporty response and rapid acceleration. But when they announced that the model would be discontinued, I decided it would be a good time to step up in the world. At that time, the updated Lexus LS430 was introduced and it fit my budget. I owned it from 2001 through 2005. I had 68,000 problem-free, quiet, comfortable, mind-numbingly boring miles. It could go fairly fast, and with the "European Sport Package" could take corners fairly well, but it really didn't want to go fast or corner hard. As the lease came to an end, I resolved to get something more engaging. (Yes, a lease with 68,000 miles--what was I thinking?)
I test drove everything that was supposed to be a sporty sedan. (The wife required that it be a sedan.) I drove everything except the BMW 7 Series because it is still not good looking and no one I know has mastered the I-Drive.
I was especially looking forward to the Audi A8 because all the car magazines rave about it, and my wife had once owned a 2001 Audi A4 3.0 with quattro, and it was SO fun to drive. I was expecting a A4 with legroom. Nope. Ponderous feeling. Noticeably not quick. And after the Lexus, unacceptable cabin noise.
Drove the '07 MB S550 (a few were around the town available to drive). The best Lexus Mercedes ever made. Certainly much faster and better mannered than any MB I have driven before. (I have never been an MB fan.) Also nice looking, inside and out. But it just felt heavy and uninvolving. Other than the speed, it was difficult to see why I would pay $25,000 more than for a new Lexus. (And this was just before Lexus announced the new LS460.) I also tried a CLS55, which was extremely fast although it always felt as though it was wokring hard. The ride was not that punishing on the behind. But while the interior fit and finish looked nice, it somehow felt down-market. And it truly is a 4 door coupe. I doubted my wife would consider it a sedan.
The Maserati Quattorporte made me smile so much. I even found a way to snag three test drives! But each time after the adrenaline wore off, I couldn't help but wonder about reliability, fuel costs, insurance costs, repair costs and availability of qualified mechanics. And it is pricy. I sure hope Maserati can match others'reliability in the long run. This is car that deserves to be in the market.
So I was forced to drive a Jaguar. (I literally didn't want to because when the new aluminum model came out a few years ago I had sat in one and couldn'f find a comfortable seat position.) I drove a JX8. It was nice. The dealer wanted me to try a XJR. I declined because I assumed it would be rougher riding than I had become used to. He talked me into trying a Super V8. Golly, it made me smile. Literally. Stupid fast, willing to run at the slightest provocation, so light and responsive. Quiet even when risking tickets for unlawful exhibition of speed. Smooth ride. And the extra seat buttons on the SUper V8 got me into a comfortable driving position. So this is what Jaguar fans have been talking about all these years? I'm joining.
I have had the car for 8 weeks and have 2,000 miles on it. No problems, mechanically, but did get one speeding ticket. I'm being careful now.
#2357 of 2801 Re: A new visitor here [blov8r]
Mar 11, 2006 (7:34 pm)
I came here a year later still craving a Jag ... I think it's the most stunningly elegant looking car on the planet ...
I'm sure you made the right choice, for you. Jags aren't for everyone. They are quirky, they probably have too many problems, but I can't help but smile nearly every time I get inside, nearly every time I see that leaper on the hood, nearly every time I hear that engine purr.
Jags are like making a choice in life between that sensible sweet girl next door and that elusive blonde cheerleader drinking the tequila shots and entering the wet t-shirt contest. You might not want all your cars to be Jaguars, but you should surely enjoy one once in your life. Then when you're in that rocking chair 20 years from now you can think back and smile.... be it the cheerleader or the Jaguar... or if you're very lucky, both.
#2358 of 2801 Re: A new visitor here [ronaldcross]
Mar 11, 2006 (8:19 pm)
Fifty one and a half years ago I married sensible sweet girl next door. Today, while rocking in my chair, I'm shopping for the XJ8. All this after two weeks skiing Whistler.
#2359 of 2801 Re: A new visitor here [euphonium]
Mar 12, 2006 (11:09 am)
Right On. We're going to be the first generation that came back from a war, raised kids, built busineses, and at 60 are looking at 997s and XK8s for the Montreal back to Boston commute on Monday morning.
#2360 of 2801 1997 Vanden Plas please help
Mar 13, 2006 (11:35 am)
I bought a 1997 Vanden Plas about 8 months ago. I travel in it alot and have put approx 20K miles on it in the time that I've had it. I've NEVER had any problems before, however it jerked about 4 or 5 times at 70 mph on the highway and then cut off. I pulled to the side of the road and it cranked back up. It's done it twice in the last week. I replaced the fuel filter but it did it again. Its only done it after I've been driving continuously for a couple hours, it won't do it when I've only been been driving a short while. Any help??