So far so good
I had not had many problems with this car so far.
A few bulbs have blown.
The car refused to start once which turned out to be as simple as a build up of unburnt fuel.
The car can sometimes smoke a little on startup. This does not seem be be oil as it uses none. I suspect it is the unburnt fuel problem again.
I have just been advised that the following needs to be done to get it through its MOT: 1) new rear discs, pads and link cable 2) new rear bump stops 3) new front sub-frame mounts.
I have a small power steering pump leak.
The engine has a slight rattle when very cold. This disappears after a few minutes. I think it is a worn timing chain tensioner.
The engine stalled a few times when I first had the car. This has since become much less of a problem.
I am getting a bit of minor rust which I need to sort out. This seems mainly cosmetic so far. The underside of the car still seems sound.
The electric aerial was replaced.
The current problem with the front sub-frame mounts means the tracking needs reseting more often than it should. Left unchecked it causes uneven tyre wear.
This is a great car. It's huge, but great to drive.
A fantastic ride, with tremendous mid range power. Mega smooth and makes nice noises.
Performance is something else for a car of this size. It can be a cruiser. Or drop it down into sport mode for some serious fun. I have lost track of the number of reps and boy racers I have left behind (when in the mood).
The brakes are amazingly powerful.
This car will pass most things on the road apart from petrol stations. I use the car every day for commuting and get around 20 - 23 mpg around town. This equates to about 30 pounds a week in unleaded. But I do get better mpg on a run with the cruise control on.
I love the looks. It so imposing when it's parked or cruising at night. I think the wheelbase is slightly longer than standard too.
I have just purchased some 18 inch XJR wheels for the car to add to the effect.
Insurance is reasonable, given that it is a group 17 car. I am 24 years old and pay 700 pounds a year for third party fire and theft cover.
I have all the toys on this car and they all still work. These include: leather, ABS, power windows, power seats, power steering, air con, cruise control etc.
Overall a great bargain. This car was over 45k when new.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd August, 2002