1988 Jaguar XJ40 Vanden Plas 3.6 six cylinder. from North America
I love my 1988 XJ40
I purchased this Jaguar in 1996 with 106,000 miles - after doing research, I was informed by an import shop that the Jaguar had a complete off body restoration. The Jaguar is in pristine condition and has won nine first place concours awards. Everything works from the electronics to the A/C system. Only part I had to replace other than the battery was the crank position sensor. The Jaguar has been very reliable and turns a lot of heads. Color is Crimson (deep dark red) with a beautiful lite tan interior that is flawless.
The 1988 & 1989 XJ40 Jaguars were very high tech for its time, there were a lot electrical problems that gave Jaguar a bad name in the early years. 1990 to 1994 Jaguars were very reliable. I will list the following areas for potiential problems.
Check A frame for rust thru around the rear axle.
Check for heavy rust on the front cross member that supports the radiator.
Check wheel bearings - especially the early years, replace with better quality bearings.
Check the boot - the lip is notorious for severe rusting or water leaks.
The 2.9 engine is a dog - move up to the 3.6 engine, better performance & very solid engine.
Door handles are prone to breaking, lube them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th September, 2006