1988 Jaguar XJ40 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1988 Jaguar XJ40 3.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.6L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Summary:

More than worth the money

Faults:

Coolant Leak: I had to spend a fortune (for the labor charges) to get the coolant leak fixed.

Power Hydraulic Leak: Ever since the coolant leak rip-off, I have started working on the car myself. I am trying to figure out the source of the leak, though its intermittent and minimal. The brakes work good otherwise, but has a low pressure every now and then.

Door Handles: The rear door handles are a problem for all xj40's. They go bad and have to be replaced, if one wants to open the rear doors from the outside.

Its not a big deal to change the same or open the doors from the inside.

Air conditioning: The heater for the car works very fine, but the Air conditioning is very poor. It takes a while to start blow out cool air. It doesn't bother me a lot, as I can always lower the windows/sunroof and get some fresh hot Arizona air. :)

General Comments:

If you like a Jaguar and can spend time, money, energy, all your patience, your love & affection and maintain her well, then she can be a beauty.

An xj40, specially the 1988 & 1989 are notorious for breaking down & draining your bank balance. But, its not always true. If she is maintained well and taken good care of, there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

An xj40 is totally awesome to drive. She is smooth, quick, comfortable, spacious and seductive.

The xj40 is available at a great price. However, it doesn't end there. You would have to spend a lot more for her to run well, as most of them around aren't maintained well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2002

1988 Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign 3.6 F.I. gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.6 F.I. gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carVolvo 242

Summary:

A very classy, high-quality car

Faults:

Head gasket at 145K.

Differential at 150K.

Various ancillary units.

I have noted that Jaguar has upgraded all the replacement parts to new-type specs, so they should never fail again.

General Comments:

Excellent design, beautiful styling, very high quality and comfort. They don't make cars like this since Ford took over! Excellent handling for a heavy car. The perfect blend between a performance and luxury car. Not hard to work on after you learn how. Engine uses no oil at 155K miles, and original transmission still shifts beautifully. The 1988-92 XJ40 (XJ6 in the U.S.) is available used very cheaply, which is good for used purchasers like me. Find a really good private mechanic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2001

1988 Jaguar XJ40 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired89500 miles
Most recent distance97700 miles
Previous carMG B

Summary:

A smooth and comfortable car at a fair price

Faults:

Replaced all hoses and belts.

Oil pressure gauge rewired.

A door panel was replaced.

A complete tune up.

General Comments:

Leather seats and wood panels are very pleasing on the eyes and back.

High maintenance car, expensive to keep in top running condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2001

31st May 2001, 07:41

Electronics are the biggest fault I find with the XJ40. Other than that, it is a fine auto.

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