1992 Jaguar XJS Convertible 5.3 V12
Addictive... Owning a mechanically sound, and fine looking example, is very rewarding
"It ain't the miles, it's the years".
Not much has gone wrong with this car.. and what has is due to chronological time and age.. not high mileage or due to abuse.
The steering rack was leaking at the "tower/input seal". Strange thing is, it only leaked during engine warm-up. Once operating temperature was reached, or near... it stopped leaking. I was aware of this upon purchase of the car. I replaced the rack anyway, and the P/S cooler.. as the drip of power steering fluid was burning off on the drivers side forward catalytic converter.
One rear brake caliper was leaking as a result of piston seal failure, apparently the caliper's rubber seals are prone to heat exposure, from close proximity to the exhaust pipes.
Fuel feed line (rubber half) to the fuel rail was cracked and had splits. Again, another rubber part that suffered from old age, and heat exposure. Replaced it.. Dealer part.. $95.00.
The Jaguar XJS is of superior build quality, and craftsmanship. It has a handbuilt, and personalized feel to it, as if it were built for me...The XJS handles very well for a car it's size and weight. However it's a touring roadster, not a dedicated sports/race car, so navigating hairpin turns at high speed, is definitely not recommended...
The interior for me is a little cramped. At 6'0" 230LBS it's understandable. It's better with the convertible top down. If you have wide feet, it will almost feel like your right foot is sharing the accelerator and brake pedals at the same time. The more I drive this car, the more I get used to/accept its quirks...
The 5.3 V12 is a marvel of engineering. It is a pedigree, intensely smooth, powerful, and high torque. All it asks is proper care and maintenance.
Extra attention should be given to the V12 cooling system. It's hot blooded as a result of a lot of engine crammed in a tight space. Cooling system condition is paramount in this car. Keep it working at 100% efficiency... no less. Parts and labor, can be expensive for the XJS V12. I've learned as much as I could, to aid me in doing my own repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th November, 2009