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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • arcoatesarcoates Posts: 221
    I'm sure if you pay enough money, contact the right people and are willing to wait, you can custom order a Jaguar. With a little grease on the palm, you can get just about anything done.~ A.R.
  • vusicvusic Posts: 53
    Is it me, or have the messages in this forum doubled in the last 2 weeks? I also noted that XJs are moving through the internet dealership I purchased from on E-bay at "Buy It Now" asking prices (a '98 and a '95) at a pretty rapid pace.
    P.S. Hey Wild Bill, I've been waking up in a cold sweat picturing a Carnival Red VDP in full power slide.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    That's a Jade Green VDP and a Carnival Red XJ6. haha..

    Seriously, I think that its' more a case of people actually beginning to BUY cars for real on eBay. I'm about to start doing it myself.

    Speak of the devil... the cars in action...




  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Is from this page:

    I did not know a Kia Spectra, fully loaded could cruise at 90-95...


  • arcoatesarcoates Posts: 221
    I much prefer the gauges in the pre-8 cylinder Jaguars. The three pod idea isn't as nice as the flat back gauges with a nice piece of wood. Just in my liking~ A.R.
  • gmangrgmangr Posts: 4
    What do you think about a white 99 VDP with 24000 miles that seems to be in excellent condition? It is on the lot of a Cadillac/Lexus dealership. The original price was $47,900, and they have come down to $44,900. What would be a reasonable price for me to offer?
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I agree. I dont like the 3-pods.

    Oh.. but that supercharges V8... Oohhhhh


    I'm thinking somewhere in the $40-41K range is fair for that car. They seem to be doing roughly $37K or so at the auction, figure another $1K in costs on top of that...

    Still, offer $39K and see what happens :)

  • vusicvusic Posts: 53
    For comparison, item # 592545534 on e-bay. Closes in 4 hours. Also check out Depending upon where you live, it's well worth paying the shipping. The cars are still under warranty.
  • vusicvusic Posts: 53
    You are a sick man. It's one of your more endearing qualities.

  • mvargo1mvargo1 Posts: 298
    Certain things such as interior, exterior, or top color can be customized on almost any XJ or XK. Limited to colors currently in production. For example I've seen two Carnival Red XKR convertables and one Titanium XKR coupe. These colors are not normally available on those cars.

    The reason S/C VDP's are so rare is that the dealer must give up an XKR allocation to get one.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Here it is, the 2003 XJ8

    I dunno about you guys, but I like it! Especially the color.
  • hugocleehugoclee Posts: 2
    I just saw reference to the web site Texas-cars and checked it out. I am in the market for an XJ series VP and was surprised at the resonable prices they listed. Does anyone have experience with these folks and why are they advertising everything at, what seems to be, below NADA wholesale. Appreciate any insight and response.
  • automophileautomophile Posts: 780

    I have been following this forum for a while, and have seldom seen such a cohesive group of people that love their cars so uniformly! I sold my Lexus a couple of years ago because the seats "sucked". I loved the car, but could never get comfortable. I have been driving a very comfortable Solara until I figure out what to get next. I have been looking at Audis (I had 4 in the past) and others. A couple of months ago, a neighbor brought home a stunning '97 Topaz XJ VDP. I see it every day, and can't stop looking at it. I had NEVER considered this before as Jags are expensive here in L.A. Then I found that eBay has cars, and find that I can buy a GORGEOUS XJ for the price a paid for the Solara! D'Oh!

    I am very excited by the possibility of finding the right car at the right price and driving a beautiful, repsonsive car with some real character. The pricing from Texas seems very attractive.

    Thanks to all of you for helping with this discovery and decision and to Bill for your bottomless trove of Jag information.

    By the way, for a group that really seems to be into your cars, no one has mentioned using Zaino car polish! It is surely the most fantastic thing you can put on your car! Check out the popular Zaino forum here for more information.

    Sorry for the long post, but I am very pleased to have a Jag in my near future.

    Bill- will the wheels from the XJR fit a standard XJ8 or VDP? I need a little "sportiness" in my cars, and the R wheels are bigger, fatter and sportier.

    Also- The 2003 model looks great, but I have seen SO many of these supposed photos of new cars that turned out to be clever computer generated fantasies, that I have adopted a "believe it when I see it" attitude.
  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    It looks like an S-Type!

    I'm glad I bought mine when I did, and in 3-4 more years, I may pick up a nice 2001 used model and have one of the last of the line of what I consider the classic XJ body styles.

    I don't like the new XJ. It resembles an S-type or a MBZ from the front, and definately an S-type from the side/rear. Pity..
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Vusic: Thank you :)

    About Texas-Cars: Good people to deal with. Prices firm..etc.. He basically buys cars at auction, marks them up about $2K-2,500 and moves them. Quickly. Sorta also shows how far off NADA Wholesale usually is.

    03 XJ: Pluskin, tell me that's not accurate!

    XJR Wheels: Fit 88+ Sedans, but your suspension is caliubrated for the 225-60-16s... I'd upgrade your shocks as well.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    If that's really the car...

    Then an 02 XJ is in my future
  • vusicvusic Posts: 53
    I took the plunge earlier this month. Searched everywhere on the internet. Picked up a '99 VDP with 34K miles for $35.5 from in Houston (I found out about Texas Motorcars from Bill after I purchased). I took delivery on the car last week. The car is beautiful and the guys (Dave Lee in particular) were great to deal with. I'm reserving total judgment until it gets out of my local service center for issues covered by the warranty.
    Here's a short to-do list:
    01. Run a CARFAX report on anything your looking at.
    02. Watch a couple of episodes of "Columbo" to learn how to get people to tell you things they're not really supposed to but will because they love Jags too.
    03. The report gives you the area of sale or lease. Find the dealer(s) in that(those) areas and see if you can track a verbal warranty service history from the service dept. (make sure you've got a pen handy)
    04. If you can't check the car out yourself, have the seller drive the car to the nearest Jag service center and have it inspected.
    Officially, they're not allowed to charge for this (or even do it).
    05. Find a good shipper, usually the seller can help you with this. (I used Gator Transport.. Dave Perez...very pro)
    06. Clarify that the car comes with all accesories, manuals etc. (I'm having to order a second key fob for $180.00 and an owners manual thanks to missing #6)
    07. Remember, these cars have a 4 year 50K warranty.
    (I'm having the pass side wood trim replaced because of a hairline crack)
    08. Enjoy one of the finest modes of transport available on the planet.

    On Jaguar design: I'm skeptical of "enhanced" photos......but shouldn't an XJ's "face" lean forward???? Stiff upper lip and all that.

    Bill: Your welcome.

  • hugocleehugoclee Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info. It will help me and my purchase. Maybe a trip to Texas wouldn't be so bad and the drive back to the East Coast would be a mini vacation.
  • pluskinpluskin Posts: 79
    That is soooo not what it looks like.

    Now obviously I can't really give away secrets here. But personally, I would describe it as looking like the old XJ, but more substantial. If that makes any sense...
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Thank you.

    Now I can sleep at night.

    You guys wanna talk weird... I have an 85 Seville in the driveway at the moment (Don't ask... lol)
  • lucnoellucnoel Posts: 31
    You will not be able to replace it as a single piece.
    The 4 door pieces come as a "matched" kit.
    If you look at it closely you will see they all have the same grain/pattern.
    You should send it to Madeira Concept in Santa Barbara,california.

    They do all the warranty work on wood for Jaguar and after having had a couples of pieces done by them on my 2001 XJR, I can say that they are first class.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Is that the one with the chopped-off trunk. Those things are ugly! Stick with the Jags ;-)
    When I first say the MT "photo" (it is computer generated), I thought I was looking at the X-Type. Whether or not it looks like that, or what Pluskin said, I think I'm gonna like it! Now, where did I put that 60 grand again?
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,867
    Like brentwoodvolvo, I would like to thank you for giving me back my faith regarding the new XJ. I have been fighting the urge to buy a VDP (maybe even supercharged) because I am looking forward to the advances in the new version. When I saw the picture, I started going to the steps of grieving (I had gotten to the one where you panic and try to grab the most desirable example of the present model available). Thanks to your reassurance, I will hold on a little longer and hope that in fact Jaguar has NOT lost its corporate sanity.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv. (RIP 2001 Jaguar XK8 cnv and 1985 MB 380SE [the best of the lot])

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Get that VDP SC.. turns out its' a real cheap price from my research (Finding out that I dealer I know recently paid $52K for a 20K mile one wholesale and sold it for 59K)
  • arcoatesarcoates Posts: 221
    That must be a computer generation. Jaguar could not do that to it's customers. The lowly X-Type looks better than that thing. It looks like a bloated S-Type. I hate it. Jaguar better come up with something to best the current XJ, which is a masterpiece~ A.R.
  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    Earlier I had asked a question about the A-Mem button on the radio. Bill suggested that it provided an additional 6 station presets that you could manually program (which is true).

    However, I found out today that if you press AND HOLD the A-Mem button until it beeps, it will auto-scan the FM dial and does in fact, auto-program the six strongest FM stations into the presets. This will come in handy this weekend when I drive through 3 states and encounter new radio stations. Now all I have to do is press and hold the A-Mem button and I will have the local stations at my command.

    It's great when things work like they're supposed to!
  • kelakela Posts: 6
    dpl95xj6: Haven't checked this site in a couple of weeks. Went a few posts back to catch up and found your message. I had the same EXACT problem with the brakes on my 97 XJ6L. When I bought the car in May, everything checked out perfectly except the lighter wasn't working (had the fuse replaced) and one of the numbers on my clock display is somewhat faint. A couple of weeks after I got the car, my brakes started squeaking. The dealer that I bought it from said he had the car serviced immediately after buying it at auction and didn't understand why the brakes were squeaking. Nevertheless, he had the front and rear brakes replaced by a mechanic that he uses. Well, about 2 weeks after the brakes were replaced, they started squeaking again! I tried explaining to the dealer and mechanic what you were told about the silicone backing drying out and they didn't seem to get it. The left rear brake was replaced again Saturday and today (Tuesday) I hear squeaking again. I'm a little frustrated, but have no regrets about my car.
  • dpl95xj6dpl95xj6 Posts: 7
    kela, the private jag mechanic here in phoenix who replaced the pads re-set the pads and silicone backing. it has been two weeks now and the squeaking has subsided! i can understand the back of the pads drying out here in phoenix as the roads in June-Sept get hot up to 150F easy. i can give you the guys number and you could talk to him. he fixed jags in Beverly Hills for 20 years so i figured he knew what he was talking about. i just needed some reassurance from fellow jag supporters. i love the car--Topaz with 55k miles for $17,500.
  • dpl95xj6dpl95xj6 Posts: 7
    Anyone out there interested in a 93 Cadillac Deville with 58k miles. Perfect condition all Arizona miles? I fell in love with my neighbors 95 Jag XJ6 which has left me with one too many cars. if interested contact me [email protected] [email protected]

  • vusicvusic Posts: 53
    Thanks for the info. My service guy said the same (I was curious if he would).
    It would be a little expensive to send it to Santa Barbara (nice town), I'm in Washington State.
    For those thinking about biting the "purchase a Jag on the Internet" bullet. The verdict is in on my wife's 99 VDP we just purchased.....I'd do it again in a New York minute. The car turned out to be better than I expected. I was looking to put a new set of brakes and rotors on when the service manager told me it must have been done by the dealer.....they were brand new. The car is gorgeous and every moment I drive it, I'm thinking of buying a second one for myself.
    I got a quote from the dealer (they said they were authorized) on extending the warranty to 6yrs/100K miles (drum roll)..............$FIFTY $IX HUNDRED DOLLAR$!!!!!!!!
    Any input?
    I can't say for sure, but I think all the cars at Texas Motorcars dot com came with the "Select" warranty. It seems to be a consideration at purchase.
    I'm still pleased as ----. We saved thousands buying online.

    Wild Bill: With that showing up in your driveway, did you call local authorities to see if there had been any UFO activity the night before? (no offense intended dpl95xj6)

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