I had the same problem with my 87. I took it to the dealer and they replaced that little yellow box that controls the fuel. Then I drove it home and it happened again. I wasn't very happy. Took it back to the dealer and they replaced the sensor. All together it cost me $600.00. So check the relay and the sensors and I bet that will fix the problem.
When I bought my 1987 Jaguar xj6, I replaced the expensive Jaguar fuel pump with a fuel pump from Toyota which fits and is much more reliable. If you do believe the car is shutting off mysteriously for this reason, I recommend doing this. A number of other Toyota parts can be used to replace faulty or old Jaguar and Lucas parts.
I am looking to buy an 87' Jaguar XJ6 Sedan, but it has over 200,000 miles on it. Do you all suppose this is a bad idea? I really love the car and it is in perfect condition, but with parts being so expensive... I'm not sure if it is such a good idea. Does any one have a reliable opinion?
With eBay it is now cheap and easy to find parts for these models. I have a 1985 and ebay has saved me a lot of money.
I'm just glad to see that you found a jag with 200,000 miles on it. I bought mine for $2300, and it only had 47000 on it. It is sitting at home right now, with no spark. I changed the coil, I changed the plugs, the wires, the amplifier or whatever it is called, the cap, and the rotor and still no spark. I have had more problems with my 89 than with any other car I have ever owned, and guess what? This is only the second week I have owned it. Whoever put 200,000 on a jaguar had patience and alot of money.
I have a 1987 Jaguar Sovereign (XJ6). It has 24,000 kilometers (around 17,000 miles) on it and everything is original including the brakes and paint with no rust. I only changed the original Pirelli tires because they were cracking. I love the car and drive it on a sunny day only. I hope one day will be a collector car. Not too many people appreciate the style of the car and the unique design Jaguar had back in the days. Hope you have good luck with your cars.
I'm in a dilemma people! there is a 1987 Jaguar XJ6 for sale and I can get it for cheap (and I mean cheap) its got 230,000 kilometers on it and I was wondering if I should risk it or stay completely away. The guy says it runs really good its had the fuel filter Oil changed very recently. so what should I do? risk it and buy it or stay away? (by the way this is my first jaguar)
A car like this is not something to be entered into lightly.
First, talk to a Jaguar mechanic to find out the REAL running costs of one - what to expect and how much it is. Then have the car inspected inside and out to get a real assessment of its value.
After you get all that information you can make a decision.
If you can afford a more expensive car, but can get one of these very cheaply, it may be worth it if you can stand to spend the money you save on car payments for repairs. My best advice to any Jag owner is to perform as much preventive maintenance as possible and stay away from the dealers, as they are grossly overpriced for what they do (the generally poor value of the dealer service is where Ford engineering comes in). Jags are good cars contrary to popular belief, but they do require more hand-holding than more mainstream cars. Like the guy before me said, ownership of these cars is not to be entered into lightly. Once you are informed and prepared, however, it may be one of the most rewarding cars you own.
I am about to buy a 1987 jaguar xj6. It is a beautiful and very clean car, inside and out. it has 91.000 miles on it, and the former owner was an old lady that has treated it very well. I read here that some of you have had rather large problems with your 1987 models. I read that one should be prepared to spend both money and time, since those cars breaks down very often.
Is this due to that this specific model is poorly built?
What can I do to make sure I do not get a car that has too many issues, and do you have any advice in general before I go buy. I am a student - with not much money, but I am also a fundamental Jaguar lover..
I have had a 1987 XJ6 VDP for about 9 months. If you are going to buy one, I think it is important to have already found a mechanic who is experienced with Series III Jaguars. Do not buy one until you have the mechanic and then see if he will inspect the car before you buy. Next, only buy a 100% rust free car and keep it that way. Lastly, any 20 year old mechanical component needs replacing at some point (common sense). Buy low and expect to spend car payment like money on replacing old parts. I got mine for less than $4,000 and it is a joy.
I bought my 1986 XJ6 for $750 with 140,000 miles on it.
Looked great from 5 feet. But then discovered last owners were not aware of the typical SIII rust issues. the more I worked on the car to get it back to top shape the more I discovered.
The good news is that anyone with a little car knowledge can work on these cars for the little issues. I never worked on any other car before this one. Now I've done tuneup, fuel pump, fuel filters, sensors, fan clutch, etc all on my own.
Parts are cheap and can be found on ebay+a few jag owners who part them out as well.
If you find a Series3 XJ6 with a good interior and no rust everything else can be fixed. You can even find a transmission for $300 if you need it. Or buy a rusted parts car for $400.
I have a chance to purchase a 1987 XJ6 with 90,000 miles from my Uncle. He is the second owner of the vehicle.
The wood grain interior is cracked and the A/C does not work.
He has had problems with water in the fuel tanks and has to have the tanks emptied and cleaned twice in the past few years.
The body is in great shape and everything else works good.
It does seem to have a small oil leak, if you drive it hard you can smell oil burning on the manifold.
He wants $6,000.00, however I think this is too much, especially after reading the other comments about the problems this car has.
Can you tell me if this is a good deal or not?
Thanks for the advice.