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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    Not sure. I'd ask the dealer.. there is a way but I don't remember how I'm afraid.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Crystal Black vs Black? Hmm.. I just remember there being a solid black back then...

    2 and 3: Yes.

    4: Yeah I could be done but it's going to be a lot of trouble to do "right".

    5) h/k cars say "harmon/kardon" on the door speaker grilles, the have tweeters in the front windshield posts, and a visible subwoofer onthe rear deck that also says "harmon/kardon" on it.

    As far as the VDP goes... $19,900 for a Black What? Miles? Year? Have you seen the car? Price is not a safe way to shop...

    Chrome wheels could be ordered from the factory for $1,100 and are a different style.

    Pinstripes would be done by the dealer, not available from the factory on US Market cars.

    where ya located? I know of some places I can refer you to.

  • colintcolint Posts: 2
    I'm considering buying a 95 XJ6 here in Canada. What sort of fuel consumption can I expect in city driving? All comments much appreciated. Thx.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I do like... 17 or so city... 22-23 highway.

    US EPA Estimates for the 96-97s were 17 City, 23 Highway.

    In L/100km, when I've driven in Canada (I recently took my 95 VDP up there to pick up my Vauxhall Velox) and I set the trip odometer to metric... I dont remember ever being below 10.2-10.5L/100kms or so..

  • grantshadygrantshady Posts: 7
    Make that URL

    Check it out, and let me know if you can identify the wheels on that 95 VDP! Thanks!

  • slapdog14slapdog14 Posts: 1
    I am looking at a 1989 XJ6. Cosmetically, it is in pretty good condition with a few small dents perhaps from other car doors but overall is pretty sharp. The paint/finish remains fairly glossy/sharp. The interior has minor cracks in the leather in a couple of places. It has 106,000 miles, and the owner is asking $6,000.
    I have yet to test drive the vehicle and was wondering if anyone could offer any advice as to a reasonable sales price, problems with this year and model, etc. I have been told that the engine runs well, brakes are good, and that it was only driven in the summer months (I live in near Chicago, Illinois), however, I cannot verify this information having not yet driven it.
    It's a very cool car but I know very little about Jaguars so any advice would be much appreciated before I check it out more thoroughly by driving it and taking it to my mechanic.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    Those are factory options for the 95=97s, also were available in Silver or Chrome as an acessory.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    You want a Jag. Great! $6,000 is your budget? Nooo Problem!

    You want an '89? <WHACK> ! Don't go there. Sorry if I offend anyone... but those cars are best avoided.

    The 88-89 XJ6s were, sorry to say, probably the worst cars qualitywise that Jaguar ever produced. For not much more you can go to a 91+ car wich has far less trouble spots than the 88-89s.

    For more info,

    I was the webmaster there... But I have relinuished my throne and it may well have changed..


  • grantshadygrantshady Posts: 7
    1. A couple guys on the mailing list seemed to think the wheels at that URL I posted are 2000 Jaguar "Turbine" wheels. Where can I see another image of what you say these are? I don't think I've seen any chromed-out wheels like that on an X300 before.

    2. Bill, how do you like the boxwood outlines in the wood on your VDP? I don't really like the way it looks in pictures I've seen, but I'm hoping it looks better in person. The wood itself looks nice, but the boxwood outlines seem to ruin it.

    3. I looked back over your list of the differences between a standard and VDP 97 XJ6 about 50 posts back, and I was wondering if you would add to, subtract from, or change that list with regards to the 95 model year. Here's your list:
    *Rear Cigar lighter.
    *Rear Picnic Tables
    *Chrome trim along the sides
    *20-spoke Diamond-Turned Alloys with exposed lugnuts versus the "Dimple" style wheels on the XJ6
    *Autolux Premium Conolly Leather. (Softer.. actually a bit less durable) with contrasting piping.
    *Rear Picnic Tables
    *Convienience Package standard (HomeLink garage door opener, power steering column, memory seats, auto-dim rear-view mirror.But the vast majority of XJ6 and XJ6Ls have this)
    *Chrome door handles and side rear-view mirror outer finishers
    *rear trunk plinth and front grille are fluted.
    *Wood hasa tighter burl to it and has inlaid boxwood strips.
    *Lambswool floor mats.

    4. Would the 98 XJR or XJ8 wheels fit a 95 XJ6? Which post-97 wheels will fit on a 95?

    5. Was there an in-dash CD player option in 95?

    6. Lastly, would I be OK as far as reliability goes buying a 95 VDP with like 70-90K miles on it? How many miles do those cars last for?

    Thanks once again Bill!
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    1) BS. Nope, those are turbine wheels, but they were 95-97 factory option wheels. I remember selling new 96s and 97s with those wheels :) $1,000 IIRC.

    2) I like it. I think it really looks nice "furniturey" You do have to see it in person tho.

    3) Same really. Except that 95 VDPs (You have seen the pic of mine I take it) have what's called an "Aero" style wheel. They're used on 94-95 VDPs.

    4) Yup and any of em except I'm not certain on S-Type wheels. Why would you want 18" Wheels tho? The car's suspension calibrations clash with that combo. Better to buy an XJR from the get-go.

    5) Nope. Only on 2000+ S-Types. Unless you put an aftermarket head unit in and because of the slope of the console they look lousy.

    6) If it's wellmaintained.. sure! Mine runs like new at 127,000 and I have yet to really have trouble with it. Make sure you can document the car's service history though.

    Glad to help!

  • lucnoellucnoel Posts: 31
    Post 269 make a comment about the 88-89 having the worst quality of the XJ 40.

    I have, beside my 74 Roadster and 2001 XJR, a 1988 with 115000 miles on it.
    I have been very happy with it and the problems on it have been minimal and not very costly.

    Bulb faillure module Rebuilt $ 49
    Rack and pinion Rebuilt $ 300
    2 rear shocks New $ 500

    That's it and the car run perfect.
    You also have to remember that by now, most of the problems will have been fixed by the owner.

    I did a lot of trim modifications/upgrade on it.

    Heated front seats
    Black front vanes
    Fog lights
    Headlamp Powerwash
    VDP/Daimler rear lights
    Lighted,leather sunvisors
    Rear headrest
    Rear console extention
    Rear blinds
    Wood trim on roof console
    VDP wood glove box
    Dayton Wire Wheels,(I know that some peoples don't like them,but I think that,especialy on a black car, they look good)
    New headliner. (had to remove windshield to fit)

    I will never sell this car because, for the money I could get for it,it is not worth it.

    For me the 88 have a great feature that later models,up to air bag cars,don't have.
    I am talking about regular seat belts, not thoses stupid front motorized seat belts.

    Do anyone have some experiences/feed back on changing the crankshaft pulley on the XJR to boost pressure on the supercharger?

  • grantshadygrantshady Posts: 7
    Hey Bill...

    1. What size are the 95-97 Turbine wheels?

    2. What is IIRC?

    3. Never seen your 95. Would like to though.

    4. Are you sure the 98 etc. XJR wheels are 18"? I have a picture of a 98 XJ6 (or maybe XJ8) with those wheels on.

    5. What are my wheel options for a 95 VDP as far nice chromed ones like the Turbines or XJRs? 17" would be ideal.

    Thanks a lot Bill!
  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    For pictures of wheels, check out:


    My '97 VDP is great! Only 31K miles on it so far (I put the last 2K on it). Runs great, looks great. It's loaded with everything except the H-K sound system.

    I have the 20-spoke alloy wheels. I think they look classy!

  • csmason1csmason1 Posts: 10
    I'm updating my post #208, in which I said that I'd soon be receiving my new 93 XJ6.

    It's here, and it's great. Runs very well, and all the comfort I expected from a Jaguar. It really turns heads, and my women friends give me grief about having a new "babe magnet" for a car. It's nice that they told me now, since I'll soon be parting w/ my great 95 Saturn SL1, which was evidently NOT a babe magnet (especially in LIGHT PLUM exterior--yes I know, but it was a 2 year-old car w/ only 5K miles for under $10K in 97!). The proceeds (over $5K--talk about holding value!) will go directly to my Jag loan! Trading up is a wonderful thing.

    The Jag dealer in town said that the A/C evap is leaking, and that it needs an alignment (an evident problem w/ vibration -- thanks to 97vdpguy for post # 148) and a few seals should be replaced, but they fixed the broken glovebox and replaced the antenna mast (+ the inspection) for about $250. Add the cost of a new key and keyless entry/alarm transmitter, and my out-of-pocket costs so far are about $400 over the $7,799 I paid for the car.

    I do have a question, though: I've heard that an Alpine CD changer can be "plugged in" to the trunk very easily if I wanted to add one. Does anyone have info about how the 93's are wired in the trunk, and how easy is it to add the changer?

    93 XJ40 81K (after a 1.1K trip from Houston!)
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I think you got very lucky.

    We had an 88 in the family. Dorchester Grey with Burgandy leather. Beautiful car bought new in May of '87. One of the very first in the country.

    UGH! At least 8 door handles broke, severe electrical problems, serious A/C problems, water leaks, keyless entry issues, rear diff and head gasket both blew before 60K miles, you name it...

    Over $10,000 in warranty work was done on that car alone.

    Now, if you find one that's got a new diff, updated door handles, converted rear suspension..etc..

    It can be a great car. However, for what 88-89s are going for, you can go to a 91 or so and get a much better car without the goofy gauges and without the slower 3.6L engine.

    For your XJR.. go to

    I've seen what their stuff can do firsthand :))


  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    94+ XJ Wheels, except XJRs and the 99+ Supercharged Vanden Plas, are all 16" and the US cars use 225-60ZR16 Pirellis. P4000Es until 00, and P6000s since.

    95-97 XJRs use 17" Wheels and 255-45ZR17 Pirelli P-Zeros and the 98+ XJRs use 18"s with 255-40ZR18 Pirelli P-Zeros.. 99+ Vanden Plas S/Cs use very attractive 17" Wheels with 235-50ZR17 Pirelli P6000s. Those would look VERY nice on an earlier VDP if you can find a set.

    Oh, Chrome is bad if youhave to drive in the snow unless you clean them DAILY and THOROUGHLY.

    Oh, my 95...


    IIRC=If I Remember Correctly


  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    Well, if you're in Orlando/Central FL I know a GREAT technician...

    I'd shop that evap leak. In the meantime, Cans of R134a are $2.99...

    It's a pricey job.

    As far as the CD Changers go, they mount just above the battery in a 93. Underneath the panel that's behind the rear window.

    There's a plug behind that piece of carpet that covers the gas tank that plugs DIRECTLY into an Alpine CD CHanger if it's one of the following models:


    $300 or so is the max you ought to pay for one.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I forgot...

    You want to ideally stick with Jaguar OEM WHeels. I have yet to see a set of aftermarket wheels truly fit these cars properly with some very rare and very expensive exceptions.

  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    What would your purchasing advice be on the following:

    1999 XJL with 30,000 miles, color topaz and in immaculate condition

    (A) What would a good buying price be for this car?

    (I) Since it is still under the new car warranty,
    50,000 miles / 4 years would you run out the warranty and than add an extended one? Or would you add one now? Which one?

    (I) Any special considerations with this automobile?

    A Jaguar Lover,
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    Have you seen the car yet?

    Also, I'd like everyone in hereto read the following webpage (If I haven't posted it yet)

    (delete the paintwork.html and you go to my Vauxhall Cresta page..)

    OK, back to the XJ8L...

    It's the right color combo for the car, and if it's clean.. Hmm...I'd say that current wholesale on it is about $29-30K or so, so noncertified retail is something like.. hmm... $32-33K.. $34-35K if certified.

    As far as an aftermarket extended warranty... I'm not fond of them on Jags simply because they get VERY expensive.

    Only consideration I can think of is to look for paintwork... if it's had a bunch of it you can whack those above numbers by 10% easily.


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