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#329 of 2806 Repeat Advice to Those Seeking to Buy an XJ
Jun 07, 2001 (4:15 pm)
Welcome to the "new car" Jaguar world.
There is nothing like a new car.
There is such pleasure being the first to sit behind the wheel and peel off the new car stickers.
I recall a real pleasure I had when I was at the dealer when my "new baby" arrived on the truck. I recall watching as it was driven down from the carrier and parked in the sun. It gleamed and "beamed" as if to say: "Here I am... take me home and I am going to be a great friend".
I thought as I admired "her" that it was the most beautiful automobile I had ever seen... she was!
All this is a fond memory, as you can see.
The point for most of us is that buying back a year or so can result in a great cash outlay savings advantage. The first year or so depreciation has already been peeled off and thus factored in. Moreover, there are so many great Jags now on the market, because of leasing, at "reasonable prices" it just seems the most cost effective way to go, not withstanding comments about "business tax advantages of leasing" to which I concur.
But, for those who wish to buy, I still recommend a 1998 or newer XJ8 or XJR.
I prefer to purchase one which has fairly low miles and has been given the dealer "Select Edition" certification. This raises the price over the "used car lot" models because it has undergone, perhaps, the best scrutiny and restoration on the market. In my opinion it is worth every "British Pound".
After "Select Edition" 100 or so point treatment it really almost is a "new car" again. As a result, Jag feels no hesitation in extending its "new car" warrenty way out. On these cars, as on any expensive Euro with "pricy parts and labor", an extended warrenty is a good deal.... particularly this one.
Happy Jaguar motoring..... you will have bought a great automobile.
#330 of 2806 Advice Sought on Purchasing a 1997 XJ6
Jun 08, 2001 (8:59 pm)
Inspite of my advice in the previous post, a friend has asked advice on a 1997 XJ6 which he describes as "first class all the way".
Condition: very good to excellent - no dings, scratches, blems noticeable
Color: Dark Red metallic - good to excellent paint
Inferior: light ivory - immaculate
1)What is your advice on this car?
2)What price would be the buying range?
3)Advice on this "last of the xj6 motor editions?
4)Reliability of this car?
5)Add an extended warrenty? If so, what kind and at what price?
6)Any further advice?
I appreciate your expertise and advice that I might pass it along and "keep him as a friend".
Jun 08, 2001 (11:26 pm)
That car sounds like its' Carnival Red over Oatmeal. I happen to have its' identical twin in my driveway as we speak that just turned over 60K miles.
It's been a flawless car since purchase.
Few things to check... aside from the obvious.. Make sure that the power adjustment on the steering column works properly. They can fail, and chances are that this car is out of warranty (Well, it's got a 1 in 4 chance, roughly, of still being under factory warranty). This is a $400 or so repair. Also make sure you dont hear a rattle at startup, if so you need to do a timing chain tensioner update to get rid of the noise. If its' not under the campaign.. expect $400 or so there IIRC.
As far as a warranty... if its's available with a select edition by a Jag dealer.. add at least $2K to my prices. Otherwise, pass. I'm not personally a fan of them, but people's tastes differ. I do know that they are at LEAST $2,000.
Pricing onthe car is easy... I don't see a record of that particular car being sold at auction recently, but its' worth roughly $19-20K wholesale and I'd peg its' retail value at $3-4K over that.
Shoot for $22K, but I don't see going over $24,000. Obviously, first offer ought to be closer to $20K.. who knows. If its' a private seller, they tend to have grossly inflated ideas of the cars' worth.
Hope this helps!
#333 of 2806 New to the club
Jun 10, 2001 (8:20 am)
I have just purchased a '99 VDP (one owner, Texas car) with 34k for my wife. The car was purchased via the internet (big leap for us). One of the things that gave us confidence in the VDP was this forum. Jaguars are beautiful cars with owners who are passionate about owning them.
The homework I did on the car revealed a few issues I would appreciate any feedback on.
I spoke with the dealership who performed all of the warranty service on the car. A niggle here, a niggle there, but one issue seemed to be the "air bag" warning light. It was repaired in 2000 but re surfaced at the "certifcation" inspection after the car was traded in (different dealership).
The other somewhat troubling information was that the previous owner complained of a "transmission noise" in 2000 that the dealership couldn't reproduce. This problem was not mentioned by the dealership that performed the "Certification" inspection.
The "Certification" inspection showed that the car needed new front pads and rotors and some duct work under the skid plate (from driving on to a parking stopper). I asked why the car was not accepted for certification. He explained that the cost of bringing the car to "Certified" level coupled with the high trade-in cost may have made the profit margin unattractive to the dealership.
I had the car inspected by a third dealer before purchasing and he mentioned the duct work but said the car was gorgeous otherwise (no mention of the "airbag" light).
All three said the car was never hit.
My local Jaguar service center is ready to do the 30K service and the other work.
I elected to buy the car even with this info because and all of the service managers said that the issues were not major ones and I saved 10k to 15k on the purchase. The car is being shipped to us this week.
Are brakes a problem on the VDP?
Any suggestions if the "airbag" light reappears?
What "transmission noise" should I be listening for?
Can I still "Certify" the car or purchase a warranty extention after the 4 year 50k runs out?
Thanks in advance.
#334 of 2806 Squeaky Brakes - XJ8
Jun 10, 2001 (8:40 am)
I just bought a used 98 XJ8 (31000 miles) and the brakes are squeaking most of the time upon stopping. What would your concerns be if you were me and how much should it cost to fix?
#335 of 2806 Squeaky Brakes
Jun 10, 2001 (9:56 am)
When I bought my 1998 XJ8L a month ago, the brakes squeaked also. Brought it to a dealer repair shop. It needed new front brake pads.
Cost approx $200 with labor.
Jun 10, 2001 (11:07 am)
Congrats! What color? As far as the airbag light... Who's to say, but stuff like that is usually a minor problem. I wouldnt be overly concerned. Trannys are not a problem, maybe the PO (Previous owner) was too.. umm... well, maybe they were "overpicky".
He explained that the cost of bringing the car to "Certified" level coupled with the high trade-in cost may have made the profit margin unattractive to the dealership.
Sounds like BS to me. Also, those trays under the front bumper are always being replaced. I've ripped mine off a bunch of times
As far as the warranty, adding an extended is usually expensive, I don't think that its' possible to add a Select to the car.
Brakes: These cars are very heavy and suck through pads somewhat frequently. Common problem. Probably why sikorski has squeaky brakes.
#337 of 2806 Thanks for the feedback
Jun 10, 2001 (12:03 pm)
Topaz w/ Ivory. It's a beautiful car. We were test driving a LS400 when my wife saw a XJ and said "that's still what I want".
We had driven a few XJ's but the dealership was "uncooperative" price-wise. We don't have a formal Jaguar dealership here but the local Lincoln Mercury dealer is trying hard to get one by stocking 4 to 8 used (ahem....pre-owned) cars from California. They are an authorized service center now.
I kind of suspect your comment about the "certified" inspection is correct, although I hear the market for upper end cars in Texas (and many other places) is very soft....with tight margins.
I'll probably shy away from a extended warranty depending on the near term experience with the car. I hope to get by with the $200.00 Leslie mentioned (thanks) for the brakes, that would be great.
Being an owner of a few older British cars, we'll try to stay away from "parking stops".
By the way, I looked up "National Flags" and could not find the exact flag posted with your correspondence. Which of the British territories is your residence?
#338 of 2806 Jaguars from Texas
Jun 10, 2001 (2:28 pm)
I notice on the internet that alot of Texas
Dealerships sale Jaguars online. With the
heavy rains and severe flooding in Texas
should Texas dealers be avoided? Besides Carfax
is there any other way to check for flood