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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    Just a note to those who still own the last years of the great XJ6's [1996-1997] which are refined and the best of the XJ6's.

    I just thought it would be nice to hear if anyone has some notes to share ?

    I am amazed at the mileage some have racked up with great reliability and, as always, with so much enjoyment.

    I still look forward to driving Jaguar automobiles after all these years !

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi, it's nice to have you back! :)
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    Last spring we looked at buying a new 04 XJ sedan. List price was about 61K or so and we probably could have bought one for 58K. (We didn't need/want the lwb versions.) The '04 as you know is the latest and best, new alu version. Now in the spring of '05 I see used '04s with asking prices in the low 40s. This too me is a) a tragedy that this great car has such a low resale and b) a great buying opportunity.

    Any thoughts?
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    The last one with 7500 miles sold on e bay for a little over 36k. So few are sold in any region causes one to consider there is just the national market subject to local adjustments for high pay, high employment areas i.e. King County, WA.

    Check out the following site: TRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1
  • jmabbottjmabbott Posts: 3
    I recently purchased a 1995 XJ6 VP. It only has 62,000 miles and is in excellent condition. I love it!!! However, the first time I pushed the button to retract the sunroof, it went back all but the last 5-6 inches and stopped. When I push the close button, it goes forward a little bit and then reverses to the open position. I have tried the manual closing procedure but it will not budge. Any suggestions?
  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    I agree that the XJ6 - late models - (XJ8 replaced it in 1998) - are truly "dream
    automobiles". They drive and perform superbly !

    In regards to the sunroof:

    I just had mine repaired a couple of weeks ago for a similar malfunction !
    Actually, the sunroof is supposed to retract only to within about 5-6 in. of full open where it meets the second piece ("lid") which looks as though it too should retract, but doesn't.
    The mechanism is quite complex and if "forced" or "binds" there are small plastic pieces which will break.
    If this has happened, as it did to me and when I decided to be "fix it man", (you too) there is no other alternative than to have the parts - assembly- replaced. "Ouch"

    This is the ONLY problem I have ever had.
    Your "Jags best friend" beside yourself, of course, is fastidious routine maintance by a top flight Jag specialist mechanic. Jags are sophisticated pieces of machinery well deserving quality care.

    The XJ6 is really special. You will enjoy driving your Jag more and more each time you "put it through its paces" !

    Keep on "Jagin" !

  • jmabbottjmabbott Posts: 3
    Thanks for the advice. What was the cost of your repair?
  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    Thanks for being with this forum from my first post . You have always overseen the site with steady good judgment. You seem to understand that
    Jaguar , owners are quite special automobile enthusiasts.

    By the way, how do I access the icons below? They are a neat addition.

    Have a nice Memorial Day weekend.

  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    Further, on the sunroof.....

    The repair of a wedged or broken sunroof is rather time consuming and thereby
    somewhat expensive.
    I had mine repaired at the Jaguar dealer. They have a time estimate of approx.
    4 hours of labor. Reason is the entire headliner of the car must be removed to access the sunroof mechanism.
    I don't have my invoice with me while sending this e-mail to give you an exact cost, but you can figure dealer labor and parts can and will mount up. Off hand,
    I am going give a guessestimate and say it was probably in the $500 range, but I maby be incorrect as I had some other routine items tended to at the same time.
    So, the moral to the story is that we should be less impatient and not try to do our own "repairs" which in this case probably made things worse resulting in a repair becoming more costly.

    Incidently, let me correct my last post when I said I have never had any other repair as I remember now that I did have "the famous forever-breaking cup holder" replaced. (I have seen them in disrepair in many friends Jags over the years).

    Needless to say, I treat it along with the sunroof with "utmost respect" !

    But, beyond these "character flaws" the cat has been flawless over the many miles of extraordinarily pleasurable driving.

    The Cat continues to purr !
  • jmabbottjmabbott Posts: 3
    Thanks...I took a drive today in the beautiful sunshine and the car was as smooth as a baby's bottom. The cupholders on mine are in good shape along with most everything on the automobile.

    I will treat my Cat with the tender loving care it deserves.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Oh, thanks for the compliments! I love being here, to tell you the truth - I've been around since early 1999 in one form or another and don't intend to go anywhere anytime soon. :)

    You are asking about the emotorcons, I think? When you are typing in the post box, just click on whichever one you'd like to use. You won't see the graphic in the post box, but you will see it when you actually post your message.

    Give it a try - you've got 30 minutes to edit your message if it doesn't look like you want it to.

    Again, welcome back - what's funny is that about a month ago your name at the top as the creator of the discussion caught my eye and I wondered what had happened to you - and then you turned up! Very nice to "see" you again.
  • bern3000bern3000 Posts: 1
    Hello everyone.

    My father-in-law's car stalls erratically after about 50 miles (or so) of driving. A number of parts have been replaced including the mass-air flow meter, spark coil, fuel filter....gas vents have been checked, fuel pump runs, gas tanks have been cleaned, wiring and distributor checked.

    After about 5-10 minutes the car will restart and run normally.

    Any diagnostic help would be greatly appreciated.

  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    Are you absolutely sure that the fuel pump is good? Sounds familar to an old problem I once had on an old Cadillac.

    Is the "50 miles (or so)" regardless of city or highway driving, or does one type of driving make it happen sooner than the other?
  • i have narrow my choices between these 2
    1997 Jaguar XJ6 has 79K and there asking $10,000
    1999 Jaguar XJ8 has 67k and there asking $15,000
    any reviews on personal ownership would be alot of help
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Master: Your final 2 are really 2 different cars. The XJ6 is the old pre-Ford Jaguar design, a fine Cat, but complete with the Lucas electronics nightmares and prone to dropping a quart of assorted fluids nightly from various places under the car. Not a low maintenance car, but a thrill to drive, to be sure - when you have her running.

    The XJ-8 is the new Ford owned Jaguar design XJ, which is not to say the car is any less Jaguar at all, but Ford had made some serious quality improvements in the company by then, and the new design of the XJ-8 proved to be much more reliable then the old XJ-6 was. Nobody liked it less that I've spoken too. The electronic nightmares were nearly gone. I think it's worth the extra money, myself.
  • sv7887sv7887 Posts: 351
    Hi All,
    The 99 probably has a Nikasil engine in it. I would be weary to so extent as Jaguar has replaced many of these under warranty. Apparently, high sulfur content fuel with short city driving affected the Nikasil liners in the engine. Have a blow by test done on it to see where it is at.

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  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    I have been thinking about the stalling you asked about.

    I would suggest a couple of things.

    First, I agree with another post that the fuel pump maybe should be replaced as it could be defective or failing and perhaps is showing this symptom when it is "stressed" (sounds familiar to the human condition - ha !) by temperature or flow volume.

    Second, I would replace the fuel filter, perhaps, once or twice. A vehicle of this age, if not driven on a frequent basis, could have developed sludge or contamination in the fuel system (picked up some bad gas). After a while, the filter will pull up enough sludge to foul the engine. The fuel system had to be cleaned.

    Third, check to the "throttle body".

    Fourth, again if not driven over a period of time you might have gas that has eroded to a gum - "shellac". If a vehicle is stored for sometime, even over the winter, it is wise to add "Stabil" to the gas to prevent this condition. A cure is to drain and purge the fuel system and clean the carberator and injectors.

    I hope some of these "thoughts" are helpful.
    Let me know what turns up.....I am curious.

  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    Let me "throw in some thoughts".

    I firmly believe, based on experience, that the late model XJ's >1996-1997- are the very best of the series. They represent the end point in the perfection of the in line 6 which is one of the best, if not the best, engines that Jaguar has built....a true workhorse, long lasting and very reliable.

    On the other hand, the "first editions (1998-99 maybe 2000)" of the XJ8's seem to have had some annoying "new edition launch" problems.

    Now about Lucus. They have been panned over the years and the butt of many jokes, some of which were "well deserved". But, they have been around for sometime and get blamed for some frustrating problems which as plagued other manufactures under some very good marques.

    But, I must say that my expierence over the years has been that Lucus electric in these late models (1996-1997) XJ 6's has been quite good as they perfected ie. -"worked out the bugs" - over the years.

    Bottom line is that if I were buying, I would look for and not hesitate buying a "pristine" XJ6 (1996-1997) which evidence some positive Ford influence.
    I really do love the "personality" of the XJ6 !

    If you like greater and greater Ford influence and the "newer engineering", I would look for a XJ8 in as late a model year as you can afford, preferably the last years before the new aluminium model (2004).

    Hope, these personal - "Jag Lover" - thoughts this give you some "good food for thought".

    These are really great motorcars with special personalities and demand well deserved TLC.


  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    I was wondering, by your "jag lover" (in quotes) comment, do you frequent that website?
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