1987 Jaguar XJ6 from North America


I am so glad, even with its faults, that I purchased this car!


I don't know if the gas tanks are switching.

Oil Leak.

Leak in break line.

General Comments:

I purchased this car one month ago yesterday. We got it at a steal of $1000. It's the best running and riding car I've ever been in. However, listening to you guys maybe it's not the car for me. I would like to think a car should be functional. I drive my car everyday. Today was our first major problem.

I have never used my passenger-side gas tank before and although the fuel gauge is showing the right-side tank is operational, my car stopped today as though it was out of gas. As I was driving it, it started to decelerate and was chugging and spitting. Once I pulled over and turned it off, I tried to restart it and although it is turning over fine, it won't catch. I've run out of gas several times before. She is acting like she's running off the empty tank.

Any suggestions?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2007

18th Oct 2007, 18:03

I have a 1987 XJ6 too. It is a real pleasure. My advice is to find a local mechanic who is experienced with the Series III Jag you have. He will fix your gas tank problem and anything else. Parts are plentiful and after market ones reasonably priced. If you were comfortable paying $400 a month on new car payments (that's $4,800 a year), than your Jag maintenance will be a good deal in comparison. It's a 20-year old car so things like gas line switches wear out. If you can't find an experienced Jag mechanic you can trust, then dump it.

1987 Jaguar XJ6 VDP 4.1L from North America


Of all the cars I have owned or will own, this will always be my favorite


My '87 XJ6 Jaguar would die when I stopped at a red light or intersection. It became harder and harder to keep running. Finally it died for good. The starter was replaced. Then it became harder and harder to start. The ignition switch was replaced twice. Then it wouldn't start and was draining the battery every night. It was towed to an obscure non-jaguar dealer or independent mechanic, and it was found that a wire to the starter was loose. It cost me $96 to repair. I often wonder if that was the only problem all along, and I was being exploited for the $2,000 it cost me to "resolve" the problem.

General Comments:

The vehicle is a dream to drive now that I've worked out most of the bugs. It is a luxury sports car, designed for touring the country. I can drive for 12 hours and feel no need to stop, rest or stretch. It is the best handling car I've ever driven on winding, mountain roads. The cost to maintain is high, if it is not cared for, which this one was not until I bought it. I recently rode in a newer Mercedes, which didn't compare to the luxury of sitting in the cockpit of my older Jaguar. It's personality is quirky - one day the automatic door locks, back window, antenna, trip computer, etc., will work perfectly; the next day they won't, for no apparent reason. Eventually, they decide to behave properly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th November, 2006

1st Jun 2009, 12:32

I have a 1987 Jaguar XJ-6 Series III saloon with 128000 miles on it. I maintain it myself and also with my local garage mechanic. Scrupulously observe required service intervals.

I hope to eventually trade it in for a 1987 Van Den Plas. 1987 was the high point in saloon styling in my opinion.

Would I buy another Jaguar? You bet! I never drove a finer car! Incidentally, my other vehicle is a Land Rover. Best SUV I ever owned.

2nd Nov 2013, 09:01

What is your basis for comparison on the Land Rover comment? I have never seen one hit 200,000 miles yet... and I work on them daily.