1995 Jaguar XJ6 4.0 from North America
Classy, un-American/German/Japanese and simple mechanically
Not much yet, but I anticipate a few gotchas in my future.
Clock - dead. R.I.P.
Fog (?) lights iffy…
Key fob (fixed the lil' devil!!).
Noisy (but new) tires.
Electric antennae - to be replaced.
Having owned these before, I "get it". With the correct maintenance they are a great car. You just have to love them and excuse their "issues".
Preventative maintenance is everything.
Smooth, quiet-ish and deceptively quick.
I bought this from a guy that had looked at 6+ XJ6s before parting with cash.
I have had a few Jaguars being English and now living in Florida since 1993.
This car is quick but you do not know it. In "sport mode" it makes some noise, but delivers the goods and that 8+ 0-60 is sufficient.
My clock is useless, but that is all. It has 95,000 but it does not bother me. An XJ8 with 95,000 however would. I looked at many Jaguars and I kept gravitating back to the XJ6. I am not on a race track, not a rally course, so 8-ish seconds 0-60 ain't that bad!
It stands out in a parking lot as being low and sleek. *Really Low* - It has an aftermarket Sony radio the last owner installed costing $600. Dark Side Of The Moon sounds incredible as does Guns & Roses and Led Zeppelin. Being 62 years old going on 27, I enjoy the subtle acceleration. It also cruises smoothly at 80mph with no drama. 80-100+ is effortless.
The Good Year Eagle (?) tires are noisy on all but the smoothest surfaces and would not have been my first choice, but they are new, so I'll live with them.
The electric antennae struggles so it will get replaced. I dismantled the key fob and cleaned the contacts and put a spacer inside so it now works. $336 for a new one from Jaguar? Get real!
It has style and presence and holds its own amongst the many new cars in Boca Raton, Florida where Botox and desperate gold diggers abound. It blends in wherever it is parked and still looks good and it cost me $3500.00. I intend to spend another $1500 - $2000 getting everything up to snuff, and I will have a Jaguar anybody would be proud of.
On the highway is is faultless. Another 100 HP would be nice, but my hooligan days are behind me, and besides, I ride a Buell motorcycle when the mood kicks in (I was pulled over last year for speeding and the cop said; "I thought you'd be younger". He let me off and talked endlessly about Buells. I was quite lucky I met a fan of Buells!)
Look long and hard when buying one and choose wisely. Mechanically they can be fixed easier and cheaper than doing bodywork and interior. They are simple and reliable. Just treat them with the respect they deserve.
Learn the car, pay attention and an XJ6 will sell itself to you. You will not buy "it". They really have character.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st August, 2016