1982 Jaguar XJ6 Reviews

1982 Jaguar XJ6 4.2 from North America

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.2 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 miles
Most recent distance127013 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Best car I ever owned

Faults:

The sunroof only opens 2 inches.

The power seat does not work.

The power mirror adjusters do not work.

The original tape deck needs to have its heads cleaned.

Needed oil change and grease zerks serviced.

Vacuum line deteriorated.

Needs front Pirillis.

Needs plugs, wires, cap and rotor.

Cruise not working.

General Comments:

This car is in AWESOME shape!! Dry, AZ car with new headliner, and seats. Tinted windows, SHINY chrome original wheels, BEAUTIFUL silver paint and body perfect shape. 2 grand, a total steal.

Runs like a top. I can't wait to start to learn how to care for and service it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2008

1982 Jaguar XJ6 4.2L from North America

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.2L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired87200 kilometres
Most recent distance87900 kilometres
Previous carJaguar X-Type

Summary:

It fits like a glove and drives like silk

Faults:

So far not a thing except a leaky steering rack which I am replacing. The A/C blows cold and the car runs smooth as silk and is turning heads wherever I go. I purchased vehicle from first buyer who purchased it new in 83 and maintained it perfectly. The interior and exterior are original and mint; the colour is a mid blue with a navy blue leather interior that is still supple and clean. No cracks on the beautiful wood dash and the chrome is pristine. I was lucky to find it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2007

1982 Jaguar XJ6 XJ-6 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1988
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carEagle Premier

Summary:

If automobile repair is your hobby, this is the car you need

Faults:

Repetitive torque converter failures. The first time I pulled the transmission it took seven hours. The last time (#7), I had it on the workbench in 1 hour 15 minutes.

The torque converter shaft broke 6 times. The very first transmission failure was a sheared output shaft. A Jaguar parts dealer said that the original shaft was insufficiently heat treated. I installed the new shaft and it was trouble free. Another dealer told me (after the sixth torque converter failure) that Jaguar had redesigned the flywheel for these engines. Seems as if the torque converter shafts were breaking!

I purchased a new flywheel. (One must hold their breath when asking for a quote on Jaguar parts). Once installed, the torque converter failures ceased.

Another aggravation was the Lucas electrical equipment. They should have designated each electrical component in the car as "intermittent"!

The engine would frequently lose oil pressure on a sharp left turn. This was with a full complement of 11 quarts of oil. The pressure would restore itself quickly, but there were much concern about the damage being done to that $4,000 engine. I removed the oil pan for inspection. It was spotless and the oil pickup was clean. I noted the placement of an oil baffle that prevented oil from overfilling the left side of the pan on a left turn, but there was no baffle for the same function for a right turn. I fabricated one similar to the existing left side baffle and installed it. End of problem! How long had Jaguar made that engine?

A friend of mine once owned an XK. When I told him that I had purchased this vehicle, he stated that I would tow it more miles than it would be driven. How right he was! Renting tow dollies got so expensive that I finally fabricated a custom tow bar to fit the appropriately installed towing eyes on the front of the Jaguar.

However, I must say, when it was running... what an absolute joy to drive! Superb handling, plenty of power (despite it's weight) and fast!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2004

10th Mar 2004, 13:22

I must be a very lucky person; I owned a 1982 XJ6 for five years, put nearly 75,000 miles on it, and had almost no trouble with the car.

When purchased out of a barn where it had been for ten years, the owner told me it was "impossible" to make it run. After replacing the stopped-up catalytic converters, I enjoyed half a decade of trouble-free motoring, much to the chagrin of the previous owner.

I did replace the water pump once. Cost from a good Jaguar aftermarket parts guy: $50.

I sold the car to a young man in high school whose mechanic father rebuilt the front end (at over 100,000 miles it was due). He is still driving it at university.

I think a lot of Jaguar's bad press comes from people who aren't "car people". You have to take care of the car. You need to belong to the club. You need to make friends in the parts and service community. You need to be able to do simple mechanical service yourself. It sounds like this reviewer was a pretty fair mechanic; maybe he just bought an abused example. This is a common problem with these cars. Original owners (especially in the US) often drove the poor things until they broke, then drove them some more. I hope our reviewer finds a place in his garage for a tidy, well kept cat in the future.

2nd Sep 2006, 11:37

I agree, the worst possible car to buy, they are CRAP!!!

9th Nov 2008, 16:23

I bought my 82 XJ6 over three years ago, almost 30 years old, not quite, at 40,000 original miles I had heard the stories, but at 51 I wanted a Jag. I had been reading about the problems with the transmissions so I was prepared to deal with that problem if need be! Sure enough, it be needed!

I decided to have the front end completely redone, I could have driven it the way it was, but I wanted to get rid of those little metal on metal noises a car gets when they are old!

I now am pleased to say I have a lovely riding dependable (you heard right) Jaguar XJ6. The key is knowing a good dependable, honest mechanic! (they do exist) and actually if you know where to shop, parts are actually cheaper than most high end Japanese car parts! The jag 6cyl engine is bullet proof, well I think so! I love my CAT!

3rd Aug 2009, 21:58

The XJ6 is a beautiful car IF you put a Chevy V8 engine in it. THEN you have the luxury, looks, and RELIABILITY along with an added bonus... Mind blowing performance and the ability to lay rubber at stoplights and leave people wondering how in $) #$ that Jaguar just blew their doors off!!

A V8 Chevy JAG is one of the BEST cars you could ever own!!

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews