1996 Jaguar XJS Convertible 2+2 4.0 liter 6 cylinder
So far... I love it! (I'm 75 yrs young)
Bought from Jag dealer is FL., the day the original owner was trading it in.
One owner; I have all service records; 44900 actual miles at time I purchased it.
Car is EXCEPTIONALLY clean... no dings; no chips on windshield; no marks on the beautiful creme color leather.
Exterior color is Jade Green & in excellent shape... top is in VG shape and Tan color.
No areas, anywhere, show any wear... It is in Mint condition! Car was always garaged.
Engine runs beautifully.
New Michelin Sport A/S tires at 38900 miles.
MY QUESTION... What should I have paid for this car in US dollars in December 2007?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th March, 2008
I have seen them sell for $15,000 to $19,000 for ones in your XJS's age and condition. V12s go for less.
I've just bought a very clean two owner 1996 4.0 convertible with 85,000 miles fully documented, always garaged.
Paintwork has a couple of tiny, tiny dings in the bumpers and no rust. Interior is superb. As a hedge against my enthusiasm, I sent an RAC inspector who described it as "like a two year old".
Paid £14,000 from a dealer.
I looked at "mint" 25,000 mile and 35,000 mile examples for big money (£20,000+) and they didn't look any better cared for. Not sure, with a reliable 4.0 engine, why low miles matters. Certainly it doesn't matter by more than £5,000.
It seems these cars are a bit less money in the USA than here in the UK.
Whenever you buy a used car, you are inheriting someone else's troubles, particularly a low mileage Jaguar. Do yourself a favor, buy a new car that you can afford.
You get amazing value and spec with a used Jaguar. A new car comes with 5k per year of depreciation and looks similar to most other cars on the road.
And the fuel consumption argument doesn't stand up either; you would have to do a lot of miles to use 5k worth of petrol.
Get a good old Jaguar as an investment.