1988 Jaguar XJ6 from North America
A money pit that you thought was a bargain
Water leaks in the driver and passenger seat, but does cool you off on a hot summer day.
A/C blows cold whenever it wants to, never when I would like it to (for example: 90 degree weather? Nah. 64 degree weather on a rainy day? Sure!) Really have to aggressively push on the window controls to get it going.
Rear passenger door refuses to open.
Bulb failure. Everyone who has this car knows what I'm saying. What bulb has failed? We'll never know, considering most of us won't even bother with the circuit board(s).
Rear speaker blew out; not even gonna try to fix that.
The rear seat area is a living room, period. Smoothest ride in a car I have ever taken.
If you really, really love cars and really love fixing them, have patience, time, and a lot of money, then this is the car for you. This is from my personal experience. I kept up with regular maintenance and all of these problems kept popping up.
It's a really good-looking car, and anyone who drives it instantly looks cool.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st July, 2013
3rd Feb 2014, 15:24
Have a neighbor selling his 1988 XJ6 with 29500 miles in awesome condition for 5000. Is it worth it?
19th Aug 2014, 01:19
28th May 2015, 01:12
Owned a 88 Vanden Plas for 17 years. More enjoyable than my Caddy to drive or ride in.
The vehicle is a classic; it's old so there's going to be problems.
If you're going to own one, it will cost, but the pleasure of the feel when you get behind the wheel makes it worth it.
So find a good mechanic and a good body shop, and enjoy the ride.
18th Jul 2016, 19:27
If you want to play Russian Roulette with 4 bullets in a chamber of 6, go to it.
23rd Feb 2017, 06:42
Have had a 1988 XJ6 for over twenty years, but I am a home mechanic and not afraid to research and take it apart. Low mileage is a factor on major components such as moving internal engine parts, but time is what causes the most problems... like seals, gaskets, electrical relays and connection, steering hoses, rear suspension bas etc... don't overpay for a car because of low mileage and don't expect it to be without troubles like a three year old car would be... FYI mine has 126,000 miles on it on my second motor; swapped the 3.6 for 4.0 litre with only 45,000 miles a few years back.
23rd Feb 2017, 15:15
Weigh out too the relationship level you have enjoyed in the past with someone next door to you.
24th Feb 2017, 21:30
Running or not, the car affords you the ability to offer great selfie opportunities in exchange for rides.