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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • lindsay8lindsay8 Posts: 21
    My 98XJR came with a Jag Motorola but the original owner changed the power cord to a non Motorola type so he could use a different phone.
    Obviously it won't plug into the Motorola so I went to my dealer and was informed $150.00 CDN for the OEM cord. Now this cord is identical to a $20.00 cigarette lighter phone cord but has a different end for plugging in to the car's wiring so I think the dealer price is unreasonable. I am wondering if anyone know's who the jobber is that buiklds these pieces or another source. Anyone?
  • jarmstrong2jarmstrong2 Posts: 38
    Hello Bill:
    I read on the internet that you need to change the drive belt tensioners if the XJ8 has high mileage on it. Someone said they can break and Jag has had several recalls on it. Can you expand on this if you have experienced this?

  • lindsay8lindsay8 Posts: 21
    And how best to apply it? These wheels seem to have chronic brake dust crud on them which the usual car wash products have little effect on.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Not that I have heard... I dont know of any failures. Maybe its the timing chain tensioner on the 6-cyls you are thinking of?

    lindsay8: I would use P21S Wheel cleaner. It is GREAT stuff.

  • cgrubercgruber Posts: 5
    Would you happen to know what the common problems would be on a 94 XJ6 or aka (XJ40)? If your not sure do you know what website or person to go to.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I wrote the website :)

    Basically... Headliners in the Southeast, Check Engine lights, AC Evaporators, cosmetic problems, rust in the North, Faded clear coat in the deep south, Cheap tires (I wouldnt wanna buy a Jag from someone who got rubber at Pep Boys...), Head Gasketscan go, diffs arent a problem on 94s, Check the door handles, if they are "stiff" they need adjustment.

    Overall though, they are quite reliable and a LOT of car for the cash. I certainly sell a lot of them. When you have a clean 94 XJ6 for under $10K parked next to a clean 94 E320 for $12-13K... the car makes a very strong argument!


  • cgrubercgruber Posts: 5
    Thanks for letting me know. I was wondering why would the transmission shift hard from 1st to 2nd gear but not the other gears. Also it will only do it some of the time.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    That aint normal... May be a throttle pot going bad on ya, and that's responsible for 95% of the problems on Tranny lights on XJ40s.

  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    "I wouldnt wanna buy a Jag from someone who got rubber at Pep Boys...",

    I wouldn't even get tires for my '78 Mercury from there! Yosimite Sam mudflaps are all they are good for, and something tells me those would be a bit out of character on a Jaguar.
  • cgrubercgruber Posts: 5
    But, the light isn't coming on. It just shifts hard when it is warm outside. I know the light works in the dash because it comes on when I start the car.

    I would have to agree with you. Yosimite Sam mud flaps would be rather out of character on any foreign car.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    You tried a tranny flush yet?
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Bugs Bunny is OK, though.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Are you unfamiliar with the Bugs Bunny/Yosemite Sam connection? Were you ever a kid, or did you own a go-kart dealership when you were young?
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Go-Kart dealership :)


    Whassamatta baby? Cant take it? LOL!

  • rbrenton88rbrenton88 Posts: 186
    I think putting the Sam "back Off!" mudflaps on a jag would be pretty funny.

    A guy's got to be secure to do it.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    Dont tempt me. The SC is in the garage minding its' own business and I may have to go harass it.

  • derel2derel2 Posts: 49
    My back has been acting up and I would like to avoid going under the Jag to do an oil change. Has anyone used one of the oil siphon pumps that work through the dipstick tube? Do they work well?

    95 XJ6
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I have never used one and Never will.

    Why? I feel that draining out of the pan gets a lot of the crap and crud that accumulates out of there...

  • bbnurzbbnurz Posts: 1
    I'm trying to convince my husband to ditch his '86 BMW for a late model Jaguar. The Jag is his dream car . . . but he's reluctant to drive one as he doesn't want to appear ostentatious.

    This message board has convinced me . . . and I shall convince him. Definitely will get the long wheelbase XJ6 or the VDP.

    Now, I've created a hard copy of the Care Advise that Netranger4 posted approx. 1 year ago. It's the daily care duties. After cruising through some 350 messages, I cannot find the weekly and monthly care duties. Were they posted? How can I get that information? I searched the message board, but came up with 1281 messages when using the title and user name of the original message.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    If you're on a 1996 or newer...

    Here's what to look out for:

    Sagging headliners in FL/GA/TX/S. CA but Mainly in FL.
    DOA Trunk key lock up north.
    Electric Tilt motor in steering column freezes.
    Seat memory work?
    Sunroof tracks (It better slide back and forth silently.. and make sure the headliner panel doesnt "hang down" when you pop the roof up.
    Radios can break (But new/reman ones are like $150.. not the end of the world).

    Here's what to remember:

    They like V or Z rated tires. Personally I like Pirellis,but Michelin MXV4s do ride softer..
    Castrol Oil
    Castrol GT/LMA Brake Fluid
    Premium Fuel
    Change Oil every 3K
    Watch for accident damage/abuse/nitwit owners who have the $$ to buy a $15K XJ6 but doint have the $$ to maintain it.

    Basically.. the 95+ Sedans are bordering on bulletproof. These are VERY strong and reliable cars.

  • jagger5jagger5 Posts: 1
    Hi Bill,
    I have two questions for you:
    1. How much could I expect to pay for a replacement rear exhaust manifold on a 1995 XJR.
    2. Where can I find replacement parts for my radio? (LCD display, radio button)

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Bad exhaust Manifold?

    OY! That's a new one...



    Also... for used Parts...

    For the radio? Pop in a $150 factory reman one from the dealer.

  • Bill I resently joined the X(300) list at Jag-lovers and I notice a few posts about premature
    failures of the V8 in the XJ series. There was also one post that Jaguar of England is extending
    the warranty on the engine until 100,000 miles.
  • pablo_lpablo_l Posts: 491
    The engine has been out since '97. There are cars with *very* high mileage out there that have really been trashed. The engine seems to have a very good reliability track record. I am not sure why Jaguar would extend the warranty to 100k unless they felt pretty confident of their quality...
  • lindsay8lindsay8 Posts: 21
    One of my outside headlights is out on my 98. I recall a friend telling me he replaced one in his XK for $300 CDN. I wish to avoid paying this much if possible. Either US or CDN cources okay.
  • bsudderthbsudderth Posts: 6
    On my wife's 2002 XJ Sport, the audio and speed control buttons on the steering wheel do not light up at night as do all the main buttons on the dash console. My dealer advises that there is no way to do this and that this is normal. This seems very illogical to me as the control buttons on my 2000 S-type steering wheel do light. I believe there is simply a loose wire/connection somewhere.

    Could all 2002 XJ owners pls advise if your steering wheel controls do or do not light up at night, when all other lights are on.

    Thanks for the help.

  • lindsay8lindsay8 Posts: 21
    My friends headlight was actually replacement of the glass. Mine was simply an element out and I was able to replace the halogen for $16.00 CDN with a standard GE type bulb. Excuse my original post-this is how urban legends about repair costs get started. BTW I had curb damage on one of my factory XJR rims and was able to get dent removed and refinishing for $175.00 CDN. All I did was call around to a few body shops and ask who repaired mag wheels.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Lights? Yeah.. the whole assembley is prolly $150 or more.. the element is, as you found out, around $10-15 US :)

    V8 Engines? I
    ve already handled a few hi-mile XJ8s (Ted you were dumb not to grab that 100K miler TOpaz one I had.. $12K! oh well..) and they all seem to run fine.

    But, again, there's not a LOT of 100K+ mile XJ/XKs in existence I dont think...

    As far as the steering wheel buttons.. they do not light up. Once you are used to the car though, you sorta "know" where they are.

  • hyperion1hyperion1 Posts: 17

    You know I only like 4 banger import rebadgers and pick-up trucks.

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