1984 Jaguar XJS H.E. 5.3 V12 from North America
It won't be sold, it will be bequeathed... again
Leaks water in the drivers side footwell.
G.M. tranny stuck in first at the moment.
ECU (?) or related preventing it from starting.
My brother Steve (never one to let reliable vehicles make his life a little easier for very long) spotted this XJS on e-bay motors. 'It's not too far away. You up for a road trip?' LOL, not too far turns out to be Las Vegas, 400 plus miles away.
Sold as a parts car/project for a winning bid of $1400, the seller warned us that we would need a tow bar or trailer. Tools, tow bar, and plenty of optimism in hand, we make the drive to Vegas in one day. The seller was accurate about the general condition of the car; clean, solid, and rust free. A pleasant surprise was the box of extra parts included. With a little wrenching, we got her to purr once again. Or at least wheeze, LOL. Whatever, she made the trip back to Reno under her own steam, picking up a cylinder or two along the way.
After a tune up and a set of new Pirellis, it was easy to understand all the praise heaped on the XJS. The timeless design, smooth power delivery, and unique instrument layout made it an instant hit with my brother, myself and our friends.
I remember one day after a foot of new snow had fallen in the valley here, Steve went out, swept the Jag clean, jumped in and powered his way through it down the road, LOL. Not something many Brits will ever see.
At some point before my brothers passing, the tranny stuck in first and it wouldn't stay running. I've had it running for a while since, albeit in first gear, but now it's back to not even starting.
I can't offer an unbiased opinion of the car. I'm attached to it emotionally. It seems though that if you are a little careful about which XJS you buy, and are prepared to maintain it as it needs to be, you will be rewarded with a modern classic that is quite capable and entertaining.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 11th February, 2010