1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Manual 4.0 straight 6 from UK and Ireland
The exhaust became detached at the 2 pins of the pieces which go over the rear axle.
The floor pan was rusted through where the rear radius arm attaches to the body.
The manual version of this car is quite rare, but shouldn't be overlooked as it makes the car feel more like a sports car and is faster in general.
I don't much like Jaguars or luxury cars in general, but love XJS's as being a genuine British super car with crushingly handsome looks. People approach me in supermarket car parks and just tell me what a beautiful car it is. My computer company's car park is full of BMW and Mercedes consumer products, but it is my car which gets the attention (and it's the cheapest there!).
I paid £3500 for mine and went for the facelift model which has a far more attractive interior. I find traveling in it to be a deeply satisfying experience and often arrive at my destination smiling (smugly). How long can it be before prices start going up?
I get around 20 mpg around town and 25 on a run, but you don't buy these cars for economy. Just park it in your driveway, pour yourself a dry Martini and savour it's lines.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th March, 2004
I couldn't agree more... I'm really glad Jaguar's reputation form the '80's has carried over to the 90's and the 21st century: it just makes them that much more affordable for those of us who know how great these cars are.
I have a 1992 XJS 4.0 Liter "Facelift" Coupe with a Getrag 5 speed manual gearbox and the Sport Suspension. It also has a Cotswold Tweed interior. In Canada, this is a very rare car.
British Columbia has thousands of kilometers of twisting mountain highways. This car preforms better than any vehicle I have ever owned. It has a tremendous amount of torque, combined with great agility.
As others have mentioned, everywhere I go, people stop to admire this beautiful car. I doubt I could match the feel of my XJS in a new vehicle at ten times the price.
If you find one, buy it!
I have owned 3 Jaguars. This is the only one I've kept. In six years I have replaced one shock and two wheel bearings. If you can find a '93 buy it.
I knew my next car was going to be an XJS. For the money you won't get much to touch one. I took my time and got a facelift 4.0 manual. It's brilliant and I feel like a toff in it. It's fairly quick when you want to be and wafts when you don't. A decent independent garage that has had experience really helps as some jobs can be expensive. She has needed the old bit of work, but for a car with nearly 160,000 on the clock she is in really good shape. Don't be afraid of high millage, the engines can take it, a good service record is more important.
I have had 10 Jaguars. Two of them XJS convertibles. These cars are slugs from take off with the automatic. My 5 speed will spin the tires through fourth gear. You lose a little top speed with the different rear axle ratio, but it is well worth it. I love this car.