Sheer luxury, depreciation is a wonderful thing!
The air conditioning system was not working when I bought the car, due to a leak in the front condenser. They are prone to being hit with stones as there is little protection through the front grille. At £300 they are not a cheap item to replace and re-gas. I got this amount deducted from the price prior to buying the car.
Next was a problem with misting-up on the inside of the car? Water was leaking into the passenger side foot-well via the blind grommets high up in the bulkhead. The source of the water was found to be a well blocked drain to the wiper motor assembly, the area under the windscreen trim was awash with water. A common fault so I am informed, rectified by cutting the end off the "duck-billed" drain hose.
A replacement remote central locking and security key-fob was expensive at £100, only available from the main dealer. An essential to activate the built-in alarm system and driver conveniences.
Mysterious fault on the Jaguar in-car entertainment system, mine kept requesting the security code for the unit each time I started the engine? No wiring faults were found and the problem went away when a CD changer was fitted to the pre-wired boot??
At £2300 this car was an absolute bargain, although still a big risk for a 1st time Jag owner. The bodywork is immaculate and I had a friend check over the mechanical side. If you haven't experienced a ride in one of these cars it's difficult to be objective on your test drive. They are almost silent when sat inside, and the ride should be of the smooth, glitch-free magic carpet variety! The previous owner had obviously lost patience with the minor irritations mentioned above, all of which were solvable.
I use mine as a weekend car and with limited mileage insurance, they are not as expensive to run as people always assume. At nearly £30,000 when new just 8 years back, you still feel like a millionaire behind the wheel.
Reliability is not an issue with the late model XJ40's, thanks to Ford's input. Regular annual servicing must be maintained, neglect at your peril and the big cat will bite back!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th December, 2002