The joy of owning such an absolutely beautiful automobile is dampened by low reliability
Fuel cross-over valve leak.
Unknown remaining fuel leak. The car still smells like gasoline when running.
Many engine, transmission and rear end leaks.
Rubber suspension components rotted by oil.
Windshield wipers do not park. Park switch ordered.
Driver's (electric) seat does not adjust. Stuck in high and mid-forward position.
Even after complete strip and paint, and being garaged since, very small rust bubbles appearing just below the windshield spars (typical location for this).
Driver's floor pan rusty.
Dome lights stopped working. Switch, fuse, bulbs all good. Just a break in power somewhere between the fuse box and switch.
Right front marker lens fell off while driving.
Typical small cracks in wood dash veneer.
Cabin vents making bell sounds as they flap. Common problem with these, difficult to fix.
Parts are rare and expensive. Most Jaguar dealers will not work on older models.
One of the most beautiful years of the XJ series, especially the front of the car. The lines of the hood are graceful, and the grill looks great with a Union Jack badge on it.
If the car was more reliable, I would not hesitate to take it across country. It is a joy to drive.
Car had a $5000 custom paint job. A very subtle metallic added to British Racing Green. A thick clear coat adds depth, and makes the car gleam.
Equipped with two large and two small headlights. Most U.S. models came with headlight bezels around the large headlight opening to only allow four small headlights. The two different sizes make the car look more authentic.
Never had a Jaguar "leaper" on hood. I think they look way better without them.
Fitted with XJS lattice rims. Makes the car exceptionally beautiful. Wider than stock, though, so they rub the inner fender a little on hard u-turns.
Interior is tan. Leather is good to excellent. No tears, but a little drying around top of back seat. Carpet is immaculate. Headliner perfect. Door thresholds are completely unscratched. This car looks like it has never had passengers in the back seat.
The most disappointing thing about Jaguars is their resale value. Because of their reputation, mine will never sell for what its looks would suggest it's worth. Custom wheels, a $5,000 paint job (with receipts), and an immaculate interior don't matter. Even after I fix the pesky problems (leaks, front-end overhaul, minor electrical), the car will not sell for much more than $4,000 - $6,000. That is a shame. Everyone who has ever seen this car drools over it. It even won second place at a classic car show, and it's not even a classic. Oh well, nothing I can do about its value. I plan to sell it soon, but I'll just have to keep a stiff upper lip and try not to be disappointed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th June, 2012