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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • willimjowillimjo Posts: 73
    Thanks again Bill. I'll have to keep looking. I'm sure *my* XJ8 is out there somewhere!
  • derel2derel2 Posts: 49
    Hi everyone:

    I just recently was lucky enough to purchase a 1995 XJ6 with a 4.0L engine (AJ16 I believe) in excellent condition with 54,000 miles. Can anyone tell me how much horsepower this engine is rated at?


  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    Bill would know better. But, I believe it's 240HP.

    BTW, if you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for it? I'm thinking of getting a 95 sedan to compliment my convertible.
  • rbrenton88rbrenton88 Posts: 186
    There is an interesting XJ8 on ebay that they call a 'faux' XJR. It's a regular 99 or 00 XJ8 with 18" chrome wheels, and XJR grill and badging. I really like to looks, but I think I'd rather have the 370hp to go with it.
    interesting model though.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    I never understand people "re-badging" their cars to make them appear to be more expensive models. It's stupid, petty, and childish.
  • derel2derel2 Posts: 49
    Thanks for the information. I don't mind you asking. I paid $16.5K.

    Another question: The manual mentions not to cover or obscure the solar sensor located on top of the dash under the windshield. I can't find anywhere where it mentions what this sensor is for. Can anyone help?
  • Congrats on the Jaguar.

    I didn't know they were solar powered, either.
  • mvargo1mvargo1 Posts: 298
    Solar sensor is part of the climate control, I think. If I am not wrong the climate control monitors interior and exterior temp. and the amount of sunlight coming in to the car in order to maintain consistant temperature in the vehicle.

    HP I think is 245
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Yeah I saw that "Faux" XJR... What a joke.

    THe AJ6 Engine (95-97) in NON SUPERCHARGED for has 245hpand 289 lb-ft of torque.

    The Solar sensor is for the climate control system...Its used to determine sunlight so the ACworks more efficiently. 85 degrees in sunlight demands more fromyour ACsystemthat 85 degrees at night.

  • derel2derel2 Posts: 49
    Thanks all for your help.
  • pablo_lpablo_l Posts: 491
    Well, now they have the XJ8 Sport, which looks a lot like the XJR. And even though I have a pretty new XJR, I think the XJ8 Sport is something they should have done a long time ago - I actually got the XJR mostly for the more aggressive design cues. The engine and power are awesome and stuff, but honest, 370HP is totally ridiculous overkill, and you hardly ever even remotely exploit it in traffic. 290HP are plenty. Besides, even the XJR can't hold a candle to my motorcycle when it comes to acceleration... :-)
  • rayh3rayh3 Posts: 38
    A couple came into our store to see the new X-Type.....well they came on the lot spotted a salesman who was getting a stock number off a car and shouted "where is that $349/month car?". The salesman shows the customer the car and brings them inside to discuss the lease. I have to appraise the trade. It is a 98 Toyota Corolla CE with a lovely 6 inch V8 sticker just below the CE badging! A couple of our technician also saw it and were about to fall down laughing. Who do these people think they are fooling? Needless to say we couldn't make a deal. They wanted about half price for our car and full retail book for theirs.
  • rbrenton88rbrenton88 Posts: 186
    Hey, at least the contradictory "Type-R" sticker wasn't on there yet.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    Maybe they were referring to the vegetable juice.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Being a Chrome fan (I know, I know, I'm a weirdo), I'd prefer to do just the opposite. Take an XJR, loose the dark interior and painted grille for their Vanden Plas counterparts, and have the 370 hp engine it what looks like a "lesser" car. Personally, when I see cars originally designed to have chrome grilles that have been painted body colored (even by the factory), it looks like a cheap Krylon paint job to me.
  • so....which would you choose and why..

    a 1997 xj6VDP pretty much with no extras other than the vdp package and 50K miles


    a 1995 XJR with 47,000 miles and the traction, harmon kardon sound heated seats, etc...

    both are red tones

    both are similarly priced

    thanks for the input...i'm a new guy...looking for a good deal on a jag in missouri

    i've already read this whole forum...great info and thanks for further input in advance
  • pablo_lpablo_l Posts: 491
    rea -

    They do make the XJR with the light oatmeal interior :-) Dark interiors are just not for California, my XJR is white with a light interior, I can't stand dark cars for practical reasons, nice as it looks. Besides, I am superstitious, and have always had white cars, and green or yellow motorcycles. As to the chrome, I am not big on it when it comes to exteriors, but I *love* the VDP interior and wish they'd have that baby Bentley look in the XJR. Besides, the XJR still has that leaper in chrome... :-)

    But what I actually like about the XJR compared to the E55 and M5 is the fact that it's far lower key, it's still relatively subtle design cues (even though the usually conservative XJ8 crowd probably raises its collective eyebrow), and people that don't know Jags simply can't tell the fact there's a powerful car there. Also, don't forget Jag does carry the VDP with the supercharged engine. I just think the long wheelbase doesn't look as drop-dead gorgeuous as the short version. Still one of the nicest car shapes out there, but the profile of the short door version is the more balanced design, in my humble opinion.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Which one ya like better?

    VDPs are a much better Value per se, and the 6-cyls have come way down in the past 18 months. Way way down.

    I just sold a Topaz 97 with 52K on it for $20K even, and Just sold a 61K mile 96 XJR for $21,600.

    So ya see the difference :)

    If its the Guy in.. shall we say... South of Northwest Plaza and North of Olive Blvd... Make sure youhave a good prepurchase inspection done...

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Ya need a Vanden Plas Supercharged then!


    And RB, I saw an Anthracite 00 on eBay..... I did just get one in, but its an 02 with 3K miles and very very uncheap.

  • willimjowillimjo Posts: 73
    I ended up working with the buyer service out of Chicago area, He's at a large high-line off lease auction in Pennsylvania today and just called with a couple prospects worth pursuing.

    It'll be tough to get through the rest of the day wondering how the bidding might be going and whether he can get one of the cars we discussed within my agreed budget. I'll probably know this evening if I will soon become a XJ8 owner, or have to keep looking.
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