Auto perfection that only Lucas can destroy
Oh god, here we go. I bought the car, and it was obviously used a bit in its life. Headliner has fallen down, carpets are destroyed. But that's not the bad part. Cooling system failure was constant. There was a leak somewhere, but could not find out where. Head gasket was fine, radiator was fine, hoses were fine. But I drove around with several gallons of water.
Windshield wipers went, which by the way are impossible to find. Tried getting them repaired, but no electric motor shop fixes car parts?
Interior lights were fine when I bought it, but got dimmer by the day until only one or two of them worked in the end.
The radio quit, and the computer on the dash would light up, but claimed I was getting 999 MPG... trust me, she wasn't.
The battery would go dead if you did not drive it daily; never found what was drawing the current away.
Air con was cool not cold. Thankfully the blower motor in the dash went, so I couldn't tell the difference anyway.
Blinker stalk fell out while trying to make a turn one day.
I always got the "brake light failure" light on the dash every time I hit the brakes (brake lights all came on), and I'm sure I'm forgetting some small things that Lucas the dark lord of electrics threw in.
NOW despite all of the things I mentioned above... god I loved this car. I traded it in for a 2005 Jaguar XJR, and I don't know how happy I am about it. Sure, the modern supercharged V8 is more powerful, but it is not more comfortable.
The feel of the steering in the XJS while cornering is like nothing I ever felt. In part because of the inboard rear disk brakes (about $2,000 to change the pads), but the suspension system on this old girl was great. I had mine entirely rebuilt by a local import shop.
Speed, she had plenty to spare, however I think looking at it from the perspective of my XJR, it seemed kind of slow for being such a little sporty car.
That brings us to the design. Pure beauty. I have never, and may never see another car more beautiful in my life. The rear flying buttresses? PERFECTION. The contours of the hood, the interior layout, everything was perfect. My father owned an E-Type Jag, and this, in my opinion, comes close. It is beautiful in a different way. Trust me, you may not want this car for your daily driver like I chose to have it. But you NEED THIS CAR once in your life.
Also, for the price they are now, it's almost a sin how cheap they are. I got mine for $1500, and was able to sell it for $2000. So all in all, this was one of my favorite cars. I'd prefer one in better shape today than my XJR. Cheers!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th January, 2013