1988 Jaguar XJ6 Reviews from North America

1988 Jaguar XJ6

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles

Summary:

A money pit that you thought was a bargain

Faults:

Water leaks in the driver and passenger seat, but does cool you off on a hot summer day.

A/C blows cold whenever it wants to, never when I would like it to (for example: 90 degree weather? Nah. 64 degree weather on a rainy day? Sure!) Really have to aggressively push on the window controls to get it going.

Rear passenger door refuses to open.

Bulb failure. Everyone who has this car knows what I'm saying. What bulb has failed? We'll never know, considering most of us won't even bother with the circuit board(s).

Rear speaker blew out; not even gonna try to fix that.

General Comments:

The rear seat area is a living room, period. Smoothest ride in a car I have ever taken.

If you really, really love cars and really love fixing them, have patience, time, and a lot of money, then this is the car for you. This is from my personal experience. I kept up with regular maintenance and all of these problems kept popping up.

It's a really good-looking car, and anyone who drives it instantly looks cool.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2013

3rd Feb 2014, 15:24

Have a neighbor selling his 1988 XJ6 with 29500 miles in awesome condition for 5000. Is it worth it?

1988 Jaguar XJ6 6 cylinder

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carJaguar Vanden Plas

Summary:

Vintage British class that can't be matched

Faults:

Door handle broke; $150.00 for a used one.

AC hose in trunk rusted out, causing water to leak into the trunk.

Bearings on all 4 hubs replaced; $700.

Rust bubbling around trunk chrome, rear window, and front quarter panels.

Manifold intake gasket needed to be replaced; $600.00.

Annoying constant "Bulb Failure" light never went out. Why Jaguar made the warning lights so large beats me. Looked a "Space Invaders" video game.

Wood grain cracked on ash tray, impossible to find trim pieces for.

Constantly replacing fuses.

Radio antenna wouldn't go down, needed to be replaced, $250.

General Comments:

What can I say, I got this car for less than $2000, a bargain and a half. I couldn't buy a Yugo for that!

It was a striking dark gray with Burgundy interior and birds eye maple wood grain, just gorgeous! There was a lot of little things, but the car was beautiful.

The leather was OK, only a small tear in the driver's seat, and the back seat was like a couch.

I absolutely loved this car. This is the car that got me into Jags, and away from Mercedes and Japanese mass produced rice burners. 1988-89 was the last years of the "true Jaguars" before Ford took over.

The car ran great once I replace the manifold gasket and changed the plugs; fast, agile and quick for its age.

This cat sat for a while, and was happy to be out on the road again. Unfortunately, she was hit in front of my house and was totalled, so I never got to restore her to her full potential. When she was gone it was like losing a friend.

I loved the car and sought frantically to replace it, and landed a '93 Vanden Plas.

If you take care of your Jag; maintenance, care, a lot of TLC, they will serve you well. If you don't, well the car knows it, and will break down in a hail storm in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone reception, and 30 miles to the nearest garage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2012

11th May 2012, 10:07

I could never sell my XJS!! You're right dead on!!! 1989 after the Ford takeover, not a true Jag!!! Now corporate... Enjoy your new one.

Gregg, Reno NV.

24th May 2012, 11:31

I own a 1988 XJ6 in Titanium with blue leather interior that I dearly love. It is extremely reliable and comfortable on long trips. I have made several round trips exceeding 1600 miles.

It does have some issues, rust popping up on the exact same spot on both rear quarter panels, trunk leaks no matter I do. The A/C blend doors aren't working, and there is next to NO info or photos available to describe that repair. The ABS accumulator is covered by a NHTSA recall, but the dealerships aren't particularly interested in effecting the repair. Fuel economy in town is atrocious, but highway mileage is quite acceptable at 25 MPG.

Yes, these are the last true all Jaguar products, but it is Ford Motor Company that saved Jaguar, Aston Martin and Volvo. It is Ford that improved the reliability of Jaguar, and Ford that finally got rid of those inboard rear brakes. In my view the last true Jaguars were the 6.0 litre models in both Saloon and XJS. The 1995-97 XJ6/XJ6R were extremely attractive and reliable. Sadly there are very, very few `95-97 XJRs left.

The new Jaguars may be wonderfully built and performing cars, but they look like Toyotas and Buicks, and nothing special. I am worried Jaguar may suffer the same fate as Packard. An excellent luxury marque very closely associated and identified by traditional styling cues, now lost in the modern saloons. It reminds me of the last Packards. Though to be fair, ugly doesn't seem to have hurt Cadillac.

18th Dec 2012, 12:46

Wondering if you had fixed the problem with trunk leaks? If so, please reply.

2nd Jan 2013, 15:50

I ended up buying two Jags; an XJ6 Vanden Plas and an 1989 XJS. Both great cars.

6th Feb 2013, 11:33

I also have a 91 XJS V12 & an 88 XJ6 Sovereign, but with the XJ6 I have a problem with trunk leaks, & the low brake pressure light stays on, & it is full. Do you know fixes for these problems? The XJS has never really caused me a problem that I haven't had a problem fixing.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 9 reviews