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  • tbodentboden Posts: 4
    I recently bought a 93 xj6 and when i got it home the radio went into lockout it says (code) when i push buttons it says (wait) how can i find the proper code for this
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    You Locked it!

    Here is what you need to do, you need to get the radio code from the dealer (Unless it is still with the manuals to the car).

    In order to do this, you need the radio serial number. Now, there's two ways to get this.

    1) Pay dealer to pull radio and get code.

    2) Pull radio yourself, get serial # off back or radio, take to dealer.. get code.


    (This isnt too tough really)

    First, you need to remove the ashtray. Open the center console, unscrew the screws that hold the cubby in place. Then pop the ashtray out carefully (You'll need to unplug the wires that plug to the lighter housing).

    Once you have done that, the "Ski Slope" piece of wood has to get out. First, remove the crome and leather piece around the shifter, they just pop off easily.. but be careful not to bash them all aprat. they are a bit fragile.

    OK, got the ashtray assembley and the shifter indicator trim off, right? OK, in front of where the ashtray goes, under the wood, are two white plastic thumbscrews... undo them carefully, and then CAREFULLY remove the piece of wood. Once you have the wood pulled up and out, then you'll see a black plastic housing that holds the AC control panel, clock/lock/light switches and stereo. Undo the 6 or so screws holding it in, and out comes the radio.

    Serial Number is on the back fo the radio.

    Or, just look under the hood for a 4-number code... sometimes it is there. :)

    Hope this helps!

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Since ya entered the wrong code 3+ times, the radio is locked.

    Key on, in acessory position (Dont have the dash lights on... radio on, but no dash lights or AC)and let it sit for 2 hours.

    Radio will unlock itself.

  • tbodentboden Posts: 4
    thanks for the info bill. it went smooth and the radio is working fine now
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Cool! :)

    Now I got a 94 On the lot that I have to do the same thing with.. 'cept I have to pull the radio to GET the code..arrgh!

  • exoticarexoticar Posts: 13
    Hi all !!! :-)

    New to the Jag forums, though I did post already in the XJ-S specific forum as there was a lot less to read so far, but sure tok me long enough to read ALL the posts in this one.

    Glad to be a new addition to a select group :-)

    Bill, thanks for the "welcome" in the other place :-) ... say ... Bill as in William? If so, same here :-)

    By the way, as I've not yet seen my car (1990 XJ-S), what can I expect color wise? It's supposed to be a darkish blue in and out. Any nice? What's the name of the colors?

    Thanks :-)
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    Its' probably a color called "Solent Blue" or perhaps "Tungsten Blue" (Get me the color code off of the door jamb and I can check) which is a deep, slightly greyish, metallic blue. Very classy and understated. I like it.
    You're gonna LOVE it. Just remember the V12 Mantras:


    Fresh Castrol 20W50 every 3000 miles. Check level every 500 (They leak and burn some.. thats normal.)

    All will be well :)
    Bill (William Weismann.. lol)
  • sho3sho3 Posts: 28
    I'm having a hard time filling up my XJ8, after about 10 to 12 gallons the gas pump shuts off.
    I've tried reducing the flow without any success
    I don't recall having this problem the first or
    second time I filled the tank. Any suggestions
    could it be a problem with my gas gauge not reading correctly ?
  • exoticarexoticar Posts: 13
    Thanks Bill,

    I just did a search on those two colors and they are both nice, at least now I can start seeing it in color at night rather then just plain black and white :-)))

    V12 Mantras ....... !???...... hummmm ..... heuuuuu ...... nawwwww (knock on wood)

    Overheat is rarer up where I live but of course I'll always have at least one eye on that gage, however it seems that the Bars Leek stuff had been taken care of when the owner started to bring it to my friend's place.

    Oil leaks? As in those from the valve covers that make you need to change the alternator every year? Nawww .... that too was taken care of with the proper newer gaskets :-)

    20W50 .... !!??? I seem to remember having read only about 10W30 and 10W40 in the forums so far. What's the advantage of 20W50 ? Though I was considering going synthetic .. good or bad idea?

    By the way, do you sleep on-screen to reply soooooo fast !?? ;-)))

    Sure hope it'll be closer to one week than two before it's in my driveway :-)
  • hyperion1hyperion1 Posts: 17
    I had the fuel sending unit replaced in my 1998 XJ8 so I wouldn't be surprised if yours is bad. Fairly common glitch.

  • tbodentboden Posts: 4
    what is the proper size cat for the hood of a 93 xj6 i see mostly 5 inch ones for prices ranging from 14.00 to 118.00 dollars and larger ones for more than that which one is correct for this car?
  • willimjowillimjo Posts: 73
    Bill- you don't know me, but I've been following your writings for the past year or so in various forums and have come to respect your willingness to provide honest and complete input to those that ask... so I'd like to impose on you.

    I'm looking at 98 XJ8's, preferably L's. I've found a few low mileage examples (22k-33k). Asking prices are $30-33k. These are all dealer cars. How much "wiggle" room could I expect to find in the price. Most are Black/Tan, one is Green/Tan, most with weather package, about half with CD.

    Thanks for any insight you can provide.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Busier than in Trade-InValues tonight!

    (Im up late... I just bought a 356 today and am doing research... luckily I cna deal with 4-5 hours of sleep..)

    Sho: Check position of the fuel nozzle.. They can be pissy aboutthis. Otherwise a Tank vent is prolly blocked.

    Bill: yes, they like Heavy Oil. But if you're up North.. 10W40 Winter, 20W50 in defrost season :)

    Tboden: Neither is technically "Correct" as they didnt come with em from the factory until about December 1995 Production. Euro version still dont come with them (Neither are they legal in the EU). So, the Large one or the small one? Personal preference. Check for pricing. Some of the cheap ones are junky knockoffs and look like crap within 6 months.

    James: Cool, I have a fan club! :) OK.. Figure you should be ableto buy a Low-Miler, as a Select, 1998 for about $30-31K from a Jag dealer and $29-30K from an Independent. Where ya located? If it has to be Select and from a Dealer, And you're near NY City..try Montclair Jaguar in North Jersey...they're really agressive on used cars.

    Ted: That's because you like getting new parts silly :) Gimme a calltomorrow.. youneed to see the 356 I just bought!


  • willimjowillimjo Posts: 73
    Thanks for the info, Bill. I'm in the Chicago area.

    This would be our first Jag. I like the idea of the Select warranty, but from what you're saying, paying more than $1000-1500 for it is paying too much.

    How fast should the price come down as the mileage goes up? Being able to get a nice 98 XJ8-L in the $27k-28k range would be a tad more comfortable right now. What kind of mileage might I be looking at to get the price in this range?

    Have you, or anyone else, heard or know of the buying service at The examples of previous delivered XJ8's they give certainly sound appealing. Any reason to steer away from an independent that sources and delivers what you're looking for less than you can find it on a lot?
  • Hi all. For Brentwoodvolvo. What is the difference between the Pirelli P4000ZR and the Dunlop SP5000W for a VDP.I can get the Pirelli's for $179.00 ea. installed and $126.00 for Dunlops. Are the Dunlops actually better, or is your prefference based on the lower cost. I only have 20K on the Pirelli's and they already need replacing. Are the Dunlops quiet and will they last longer?

    Bye the way, I love my 2000 Platinum VDP. Thanks for your time.

    Ted from Somers Point, N.J.
  • rbrenton88rbrenton88 Posts: 186
    Try browsing the website for

    Even if you aren't willing to buy from them, the site is still an excellent barometer of pricing for various models and mileages.

    The dealers in my neck of the woods (well, all 2 of them) ask crazy money for the used stock, though they obviously try to cherry-pick their inventory from the auctions. Still, the Select designation isn't worth a 10k markup.

    Another option is to take a Disney vacation, and combine it with a trip to Bill's store. Then you can drive it home.
    That's what I was going to do, but Bill wouldn't get me a supercharged VDP in my color.
  • willimjowillimjo Posts: 73
    Thanks for the site suggestion. Their prices do appear to be a few thousand less than advertised prices around Chicago. It gives me more to go on. I appreciate it.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    The cars all come from the same place, largely Jaguar credit auctions. Generally you will get a much better price from an Independent, but you wont get an SE Warranty.

    I am selling, retail, Ls with miles in the 34-38Kish range for $27K to 27,500 (What I am GETTING, not asking..) and Lower milers for closer to $29K.. and Higher Milers for closer to $24-25K.

    So Im sure you can get similar deals in Chicago, prices arent much different up there really. Maybe $500-1K higher at the Manheim, PA auction, but about the same as here at the Detroit Auction.

    Just Carfax it, check it for paintwork..etc...

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    The OEM P4000E tires arent All-Season tires! If you want the best [non-permissible content removed].. get P6000 Sport Veloces, but the Dunlops are also very good. Both last longer, are cheaper and offer similar grip.

    Nice looking car BTW..Platinum looks great! :)

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    The trick is FINDING a VDP S/C! =O

    Last 2 I have seen were... 1) High Miler (00 with 51K.. PASS) and 2) Topaz/Oatmeal... 99 with 45K.. not too bad but oodles of paintwork.. PASS!

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