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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!
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 http://www.arden.de
I've seen what their stuff can do firsthand )
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
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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