1988 Jaguar XJ40 3.6 petrol


Everything a man could want. Power. Grace. Style


Front wheel bearings.

Driver's door outside handle.

Boot air struts.

Aircon and heater work, but I suspect they are less efficient than when the car was new.

Slight miss on one cylinder when cold, yet to be diagnosed.

General Comments:

Pace, grace, space, says most of it, although space in the back is a little less than generous. I would add beauty and style as it's a really great looking car.

My XJ40's two prior owners had both the inclination and the money to keep it garaged and in excellent condition, and to properly fix the faults which arose from time to time. I am continuing with this and will spend whatever it takes in time and money to keep it in top condition.

The leather and walnut interior is still near perfect. It has absolutely no rust. It looks like it came out of the factory a few weeks ago.

On the highway it burns less fuel than both my Porsche 924 and my Series 3 Land Rover.

It has never stopped on me or failed to start.

It handles beautifully for a two ton car, and has adequate power for today's traffic.

I've owned a succession of classic old cars, and this is my keeper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2015

1989 Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign 4.0L


Best thing I ever built


Wiper would stop in the wrong position: replaced the micro switch, which cost me $4.

Rear window motor not connected: last owner disconnected the motor as it would go down but not up, stripped the door down and sprayed WD40 on the switch connectors, and now it works perfectly.

Bulb warning light was on: replaced one of the rear number plate light bulbs.

Air con unit is not blowing air through vents: this is due to lack of use; gave the dash a bash when changing the switches (the air flaps get stuck and will start to work once they have been freed).

General Comments:

Unable to afford one when I worked at the factory. Paid NZ$2800 for this one, best car ever. Will take it out for a drive just for the enjoyment of it!

For a 26 year old car, it still drives better than a lot of new ones.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2015

1986 Jaguar XJ40 Daimler 3.6 litre


The XJ40 is brilliant by design, with grace, space and pace in the true Jaguar tradition


Rear passenger roof line grab handles have broken retaining roll pins, so they fall off.

Center console digital clock must be reset each time the ignition is turned on. I re-flowed the solder joints on the PC board, which may have fixed it.

Radio would not work in FM mode. The car came from Japan, and the FM band is 76 to 90 MHz; in Australia it is 88 to 108 MHz.

Heater valve not operating; no vacuum detected at the actuator.

Auto ride leveling has been disconnected and fitted with standard suspension.

Anti lock warning stays on. Need to check and clean the wheel sensors.

Slight rust in the rear right door and the rear right fender near the tail light.

Power windows and door locks are slow to operate.

Drive train wear seems to have caused a lot of take up when shifting from drive to reverse and back.

Metric tyre sizes 390 215 60 v 98; not made anywhere.

Some plastic trims missing on the inside door handles.

Roof head liner has been replaced.

General Comments:

This car is 24 years old, and has traveled only 65000kms.

The interior is perfect like new.

The car drives like a dream, but Japanese emission standards mean it has slow response to the throttle.

The car was stored in a shipping container for 5 years.

I paid $7,500 dollars, and will need to spend around $3000 to restore it to Purrrfect condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2010

1988 Jaguar XJ40 3.6


Great car, a lot of car for a little money


Warning light for ABS has illuminated, however this is a common fault, still need to check, but may be a gummed up sensor or connections. This has not affected general braking during dry conditions.

General Comments:

As far as handling is concerned, the Jag is miles ahead of anything I have ever owned, and believe me, I have had quite a few cars.

The car takes corners like you would not believe, loves long bends and grips the road beautifully.

The J shift gearbox shift extremely quietly through the gears, it is hard to even notice a gear change.

Pick up from 0-80 is not super quick when auto mode is chosen, however switch to manual and it has plenty of power (still adequate in auto though).

The interior is luxurious compared to standard Australian production cars. The driver's seat is super comfortable, and can be moved any which way. The rear seats are also extremely comfortable.

The cars features make it hard to believe it is 21 years old, it drives and handles better than some newer cars I have had. My car does have Full Service History and was owned by a Jag lover.

As far as value for money is concerned, you cannot beat it. I paid $2000 for the car, I still cannot believe how good it goes for an older car.

For new buyers, make sure you check for rust as Jags are prone for it. My car however only has a couple of small bubbles appearing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2009