1988 Jaguar XJ40 Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1988 Jaguar XJ40 XJ6 3.6L from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.6L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carJaguar Jaguar

Summary:

One classy automobile that performs!

Faults:

Hydraulic shocks going bad after 21 years!

Left back passenger window a little slow and the headliner is sagging and must be replaced.

Other than that, the usual wiper, bonnet struts and oil changes.

General Comments:

This car is a serious looker (Solent blue with gray leather).

You really do feel great driving it, and it is a pleasure to drive. It handles great, almost like it knows what you are wanting to do. Corners great, and has good power considering its age and how today there are cars with twice the power from the factory. I don't think they could have built it any better!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2009

1988 Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign 3.6L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.6L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired233000 kilometres

Summary:

This is a car I will keep 'til I die, it's brilliant!

Faults:

One rear strut "top-hat" worn badly.

Instrument lights constantly change intensity.

ABS warning symbol turns on (sometimes!).

Moisture in the boot.

General Comments:

I have replaced the "top-hat", and the improvement in ride and road noise is outstanding. Around the 'burbs it is a dream to drive, but get it out on the open highway, and it chews up the K's with the greatest comfort.

I did have an overheating problem getting over the Range, but have attributed that to an after-market radiator cap??? Or could it be a thermostat problem?

I seem to have had a win on the instrument lights by cleaning up the Earth stud on the firewall, but since then have introduced a fault with the brake pad wear monitor, and it's become hard to start when cold. (Neither were apparent before disconnecting the battery.) (Haven't seen the ABS warning since then though...)

After tracing the brake wear pad wiring, the front L cable wasn't connected to the loom, but the R one was. Can they be left disconnected or do they need to be shorted to disable the monitoring?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2007

1988 Jaguar XJ40 XJ6 3.6L from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.6L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Previous carJaguar XJ40

Summary:

Very Nice Brit of Class

General Comments:

I love this car and it is one of the most exciting and fun to drive cars that I have ever been in!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2007

1988 Jaguar XJ40 XJ 6 3.6 liter from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.6 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance198500 miles
Previous carVolvo 242

Summary:

Reliable, stylish gentleman -- easy on the budget, a dream to drive

Faults:

The XJ40 series cars had a number of issues in common, which are not shocking if you've done your research before buying and therefore you are not surprised. Just part of the Cat's personality.

I bought my car used, and it still had the original rear differential (known to fail prematurely in many XJ40s), which was running noisy. But for the $1,200 to replace it, the prior owner had reduced the selling price by $2,000 because he didn't want to deal with it. My gain.

The 88 electronics are quirky, but I learned to live with the ever-present "Bulb Failure" light that flashes when it pleases, even when all's well.

The 88 exterior door handles are known to break -- the driver's side and both passenger door handles broke on mine.

Water leakage into the trunk is another common issue. I just made sure that no debris got trapped in the drain-pipe near the gas cap and that solved it for me.

General Comments:

The XJ40 horror stories come from folks who've never owned one. The issues with my 1988 were very mild compared to the typical problems of other cars of other makes. If you take care of the Cat, and educate yourself of what your model-year tends to need, you'll never be unhappy with this fabulous-driving, beautiful car.

This has been a VERY economical car to maintain and operate -- 28 mpg, dead-on reliable and only routine and preventive maintenance needed. It never let me down. I have no doubt this car will be on the road in 10 more years, without any mechanical heroics needed.

It's a fantastic open-highway car, and just lopes easily along at 80+ at 2,300 rpm.

The engines and transmissions in the XJ40s are practically bulletproof, and my was no different. Engine and transmission are smooth as glass, even at 198K -- with plenty of power when I've needed it, awesome shifting and gear ratios to get the most out of the 3.6 engine.

I only sold my 1988 XJ40 to move into a 1995 X300 series XJ6 (which has a different set of personality traits!). One main difference between them is that the XJ40 handles more like a big limo, whereas the X300 handles like a sports car, even though these cars have the same wheelbase, weight and general dimensions.

Once you own a Jaguar of any model or vintage, it's hard to leave the jungle! I love these XJ6 6-cylinder versions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2006

14th Feb 2009, 09:47

I purchased a used VDP back in 2000. She had 99,000 miles on the car when I picked it up. I got pretty familar with the little problems mentioned as well as the blower motor issues and rear suspenion problems, which I swapped out for the regular shocks. I sold the car to a friend in 2002. She recently asked me would I like to purchase the car back from her. The car only had 108k on it. I looked the car over and picked it up this week for $600.00. WOW the car drove just like when I had it. She let the car sit for nearly 4 years. The bulb failure light was still flashing. LOL and the rear passenger door hand was not functioning. I had to put fresh gas in the car and it drove VERY well considering. She even fixed the rear bumper that is known to go bad.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 15 reviews