16th Mar 2009, 03:04

Hello everyone,

My name is Charan. I am a 20 yr. old Actor/Model in LA, & don't have much money. I just bought an 85'XJ6 6 cylinder 4.2, with 84,000 miles, new brakes and bushings. I got the car for $1,800 yesterday. The interior is nice with all wood and wood steering wheel and shifter. Runs real smooth and quiet. The body and paint job is great! Just has a bit of rust on the corners around the front and back windows. The car leaks oil, not quite sure yet how much, but I'm kinda scared it might be a lot. It has at least a quarter size every time I move the car. I can smell burning oil after I shut off the car.

My girlfriend and I are so in love with this car after only having it 2 days. We love cruising around in it!!

But now that I'm reading all these posts about often work needed & expensive labor/parts, I'm getting scared.

What do you think I should do? Did I get a good deal or no? Should I keep it since it runs well, or sell it right away since I haven't put the car in my name yet?

Please give me advice! :-)


15th Jan 2010, 01:14

I just bought an 87 Jag XJ6 and it looks like everyone is selling out with these cars... the guy told me that it did run, but it took plug wires/plugs/tankflush etc. to get it running...

Now I have a problem with it sounding like it is not running on all cylinders... can't tell if this is a fuel or other problem... I think I will find me a mechanic to check it out...

I really like the car, and I am planning on taking it to a local car show to sell when I am done painting it.

16th Jun 2010, 14:20

I bought a 1986 XJ6 Jaguar, and it will run, idle and rev up, but when I put it in gear, it runs real rough and has no power to pull itself. Do you have any idea what maybe causing this, or can you give me a direction to find the problem?

17th Aug 2010, 13:27

I am looking for anyone who could tell me where my fuel filter and fuel pump is located in my 1987 XJ6 jaguar. Please respond back to 5869436457.

20th Sep 2010, 06:37

How do I get my cooling fan to work on my XJ6 87 model?

Thanks, Humpty Dumpty

13th Oct 2010, 11:39

Just bought an 87 XJ6 with good body and engine, planning to take parts from another one I have had for 10 years, no longer in good shape.

Then on the first drive I had the same problem just mentioned a couple of posts back, i.e. fuel running on the ground after filling both tanks. Much worse on the right tank than the left. Haven't yet had a chance for mechanic to look for leaks, but suspect either the fuel feed stub pipes for the fuel tanks, or the two fuel tank return solenoids.

Any thoughts out there?

Jagged Around the Edges.

9th Jun 2011, 10:56

If the Jaguar in question has over 200,000 miles on it, I would say the answer is "don't buy it!".

There are many of these cars loving cared for by serious Jaguar owners. Get the very best and lowest mileage Jag you can afford. Also, look for a service history. I didn't do any of these things and I bitterly regret it.

5th Oct 2012, 22:18

I purchased an '86 XJ6 in March '08 for $800 from the original owner. The car had 165k on the clock. OK interior and some rust in the usual spots. The car ran well, I had it for a year, put about 2k on it... sold it, and I am told it's still on the road!

22nd Nov 2012, 00:28

I do repairs on Jags. One of the most common places for gas leaks is from the gauge's sending unit, which is situated on the rear of the tank. Remove the tail light and you can find the unit with two wires going to it. Replace the seals and your problem will be solved.

29th Nov 2012, 21:29

Greetings! Having just found this site, it has been very informative. I'm considering a 1987 Jag XJ6 with an original 75,000 miles and priced at $5500. What should I look for as in serious problems? There are no local Jag service mechanics to advise. How should I "test drive" this car? Run at 60mph for 2 miles? Stop and go in traffic? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

21st Jan 2013, 23:00

Just the website I have been looking for! Got an 87 Jag XJ6 for 600. Water got to the engine, and now have the car at the shop. The mechanic wants to charge 800 dollars, just for labor. Just to remove the cylinder head and put it back together. Is that a good price???

27th Jun 2014, 21:29

I am 41 years old and have loved Jags since the 1st time I saw one, but have never owned one until now.

Bought an 87 XJ6 - 4.2 liter, 100k miles for $1000. The transmission needs to be worked on though, it shifts hard at 20mph, then won't shift again until you hit about 3300 RPM (60mph). Probably going to cost me, but I'm willing to sink the money into it because I absolutely love this car! Drives like a dream.

Also getting the oil gauge fixed; it tends to bounce around, and has an oil leak, which my mechanic says is caused by the part for the oil gauge.

Just had the A/C recharged.

Paint is faded in spots... going to get it painted black I think.

30th Nov 2014, 04:08

No it's not a good deal!! Don't pay any more than $1,500 if you like the Jag.

3rd Aug 2017, 15:36

Reading the various comments over the years causes me to conclude that many folks leap into owning a Jaguar without certain prerequisites. My opinion is that to consider an older Jag you need to be comfortable with gremlins and idiosyncrasies and know a bit about "wrench (spanner) turning". These are fabulously comfortable, road worthy and elegant cars, but they are not jump-in-and-drive Toyotas. Tinker, think, research, experiment, maintain service.

Expect issues. Great second cars or Sunday drivers.

Daily transport? Not so much.