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Hi, I'm looking at getting myself a cheap old XJ of about 1998-2001 kind of age as I've had enough of "sensible" "economical" cars.

I don't mind if it's V8 or straight 6, sport or executive but I don't really want to fall in to any pitfalls.

Can you help me in avoiding some with some advise on what to look out for?

Thanks

James

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Hi James

 

Not sure about the replies you have received (can't see them) - I joined today. I have a 1996 XJ6 4 Litre. I am the 2nd owner of about 15 years In that time - Other than exhausts and wear and tear items - she has been pretty much trouble free. Recently serviced at 127,000 miles. The only bits that have failed have only been recently -

Roof lining sag (quite common apparently) renewed was £300

Rear Bushes

Interior light module (Driver / Passenger) not replaced yet

Some parts are hard to get not of but not impossible. Like all things - if a jag has been looked after they can be a good buy (like driving around in your lounge !!) A word of caution - always make sure that the drain from the petrol filler area is clear of grit etc. or rainwater collects and fills the fuel tank with water £450 to drain !!. Flexible net curtain wire does the job.

Not sure what they are worth these days - Perhaps some of the members could help ? it would help me too as I will be looking to part with mine.

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Hi Richard,

Thanks for your reply. Sadly since Aug 9th you are the only person to have replied. I am a member of quite a lot of car forums and all bar this one have members who can't wait to help. So, not wanting to fall into any expensive pitfalls I bought a Lexus as those guys were more than helpful on what issues real owners face rather than having to rely on popular media generic statements.

James

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On 10 August 2016 at 6:15 PM, Boddney said:

Thanks very much for your help everyone. Much appreciated.

 


 

On 09 August 2016 at 8:00 PM, Boddney said:

Hi, I'm looking at getting myself a cheap old XJ of about 1998-2001 kind of age as I've had enough of "sensible" "economical" cars.

I don't mind if it's V8 or straight 6, sport or executive but I don't really want to fall in to any pitfalls.

Can you help me in avoiding some with some advise on what to look out for?

Thanks

James

Hi James - Lexus is a good choice. However wish I had joined sooner. The items I listed in my response are all that I have really spent money on - Not bad I think Considering she is 20 years old. Not wishing to sound generic as such ( I appreciate what you mean about media statements) If you do consider buying a jag in the future - definitely go for service history by a Jaguar specialist (not necessarily a jag dealer) at least it would prove that the current owner has genuinely looked after the car. mine has been looked after by Powerbell of Taplow in Berkshire for the last 16 years

 

All the very best


Richard

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