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1989 Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign 4.0 Litre from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 kilometres
Most recent distance215000 kilometres

Summary:

The car is still a pleasure to drive and is the only one my wife doesn't get carsick in the back

Faults:

The dealer that serviced the car for fifteen years did almost nothing, but change the oil. As a result I had to replace broken hoses and belts that would have been spotted during normal servicing.

Aside from that the only real problem was the pinion seal replacement. No one seemed to be able to fit it properly.

General Comments:

I have been told by a reputable service specialist that all the car needs to bring it up to pristine running is valve stem seals and steering rack overhaul. I don't think that is too bad for the Km it has done.

It does throw the odd computer warning that comes to nil that scares you at the time, but ends up to be a computer glitch, but so does my compaq laptop.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2005

6th Nov 2005, 11:28

What is your wife doing in the backseat that she's getting carsick?

1989 Jaguar XJ40 4.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 kilometres
Most recent distance112000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

Everything about a Jaguar is class

Faults:

Most Serious:

Left front wheel bearing collapsed.

Front brakes needed re-grinding.

Front bushes need replacing.

Left rear door handled broke.

Not so serious:

Indicator lamp on J-Shift intermitted.

Sun visor clamp snapped.

Drivers chrome interior door handle surround broke.

General Comments:

I know the previous owner had trouble with the ABS brake pump and had it overhauled, plus I need to get the hydraulic lifters looked at as the engine is a bit 'ticky' at low revs.

The engine performs amazingly well at high revs - for instance, when on the highway, plant your foot at 100km/h and you're at 150km/h in a heart beat! Great for overtaking, and man does that Jag 6 sound incredible when its pulling!

Trans is very smooth and I've had no problems with the drivetrain at all.

The sound system is absolute rubbish and will require replacing if you intend on listening to anything with a beat (I guess classical music was the intended style).

The worst thing that's happened since I've owned it is getting a warranty of fitness once I needed the front bearings a bushes replaced - cost me over $2000! $600 odd for parts and $1400 for labor! Please take my advice - take your Jag to a qualified mechanic who knows what he's doing! He might charge more per hour, but you'll save in the long run due to experience.

I love this car. Its sexy, a head turner and sounds incredible when pushed. Its expensive to run and maintain, but I feel much better about spending money on a beautiful work of art then some monotone faceless jappa.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2005

1989 Jaguar XJ40 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

I find it a pleasure to drive

Faults:

Light bulb blew. The oil pressure switch works when cold and when driving, but not when idling. I have had the pressure checked manually and it is fine. I had a hose blow. The car had been serviced meticulously so I thought all would be fine, but the hose turned out to be the most difficult to get at just under the manifold from the back of the water pump. I had the car looked at, but not by a Jag expert who may have known that this hose existed and was one that no one likes to work on. The car has not overheated or continues to run smooth as silk so I assume no damage was done. The car did not seem to overheat.

Also the LCD display does not light up at night. I have found a specialist that can fix this. The interior roof liner needs to be fixed.

General Comments:

Aside from these things so far I have really enjoyed driving the car. It is extremely comfortable. It even has better fuel consumption than my 2003 Ford did. It still has the self adjusting suspension working and int seems to be working properly. I have always wanted to Jag and I just hope nothing happens to this one to change my mind.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2004

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 11 reviews