21st Sep 2005, 22:48

The only faults I have with my car is that too few people know how to work on them... I am lucky to have a very competent mechanic. Also, pay close attention to the cooling system. I switched to a lower temp thermo switch that kicks the electric fan on much earlier. Hearing the fan run is music to my ears. My xjs with 70k miles is like new... find a rice burner to do that and still run like the wind. This is garage queen either. The best thing you can do for it is drive it often and hard.

3rd Nov 2005, 20:01

My name is David Anderson, I am 24 years of age and I fell in love with a jaguar xjs,3.6,which I saved from the scrap yard on the Isle Of Man.

The beast is in good condition, some rusty holes, but nothing that can't be mended. All the chrome work is sound apart from the bumpers. It needs the back arches rebuilt and four bits of welding on the suspension and a good few other bits and bobs, but nothing a bit of T.L.C.,time and cash can't handle.

The car is out of this world and has sheer class and importance behind it. Trucks aren't king of the road, the xjs owns the road.

The babe magnet is now my project and I am even looking to rent a new home with a good sized garage to complete my task.

The problem is I have moved from scotland to the Isle Of Man four years ago and the cost of renting is through the roof.I'm paying £400.00 a month for lodging including bills except the phone bill.

I am the average person who works hard as a tree surgeon/Landscape gardener.

I am looking for help in any way what so ever to help me restore this machine to its up most natural glory.

If you have any information on the Jaguar xjs,3.6 to give or any parts you think would be of use to me please write to me at, David Anderson, Seed Lodge, Eyreton Road, Crosby, The Isle Of Man, IM4.4BR.

Money is tight, but if the car needs the part, i will have to select and buy the part

Anyone who will be gracious enough to help me with my project I promise to keep them updated on my progress if one would like me to.

Thank you for reading this even if I do not hear from you, you have obviously got the same interest in mind. Good luck if you are trying to rebuild the same.



6th Nov 2005, 04:43

Hi Dave, Glad to hear you are reviving one of the most beautiful cars ever produced. I am 25 and have owned a 1988 XJR-s 5.3 V12 for 3 years. I am hoping to restore her next year.

The rear arches that are rotten on your car, you may be better to replace the complete rear wing assembly as usually the wing is rotten at the bottom, behind the door where it meets the sill, these panels are surprisingly cheap at I think about £110.00 plus VAT for a GENUINE jaguar part.

I wish you all the best on your revival of a classic car, and total babe magnet!

10th Dec 2005, 16:31

I'm considering buying a 1988 JAGUAR XJS 3.6 Auto, wanted to ask if anybody has estimates on the fuel consumption of this car...

18th Feb 2006, 02:13

Hi yes I have fuel comsumption figures for a 3.6. Mine is manual transmission and I have been getting 27.7mpg over 2000miles so far. The manual box is recommended as you can take advantage of the tremendous torque from even the 'baby' 3.6 engine and corner in 4th - it won't grumble much! 70mph needs some 2300rpm which I think is not horrific petrol guzzling. Mind you, with an old car, I've added some miracle engine oil (STP) concoction to clean it up, as well as fuel D-Tox injector / combustion bowl cleaner which must have helped with the above consumption figures.

19th Mar 2006, 12:51

I was thinking about purchasing a 1988 Jaguar XJS Hardtop with the V12. It has a 105,000 miles. It is a beautiful car, but needs some work. It has a bad alternator, cruise control doesn't work, and the transmission needs some work. (Doesn't go into reverse unless it has warmed up for a while) Everything else seems to be fine. If anyone has any idea about how much a new transmission or vacuum hose would cost, your input would be greatly appreciated.

20th Mar 2006, 10:04

Used Jaguars, especially 12 cylinder ones, are one of those classic 'two best days" cars (the two best days of my life were the day I bought the car and the day I sold it).

Make sure you get quotes on every single thing that is wrong. It may (and most likely) will cost more to fix the car than the purchase price.

And one rule of thumb I use is that costs go up by the amount of cylinders you have.

9th Aug 2006, 13:20

Hello my name is Kevin Cline and live in Auburn, Washington. I'm considering the purchase of a 1986 Jaguar XJS v12. It has 120,000 miles on it. The interior is perfect and exterior is perfect as well. It has had the same owner for 11 years and this car was truly babied. The engine was recently tuned up and there are some service records. According to the lady, she put a new battery in it, but hasn't been able to drive it for the past year. She says she went to start it and wasn't able to. She says the battery is fully charged and was thinking it was the cables, the starter or something to do with the ignition. Can I get some advice from some one? She only wants a 1000.00 or best offer and as far as I can tell there is nothing else wrong with car. should I go for it?

11th Sep 2006, 09:19

I reckon you should join the jaguar/lanchester car club and get them to look it over for you. or even ask the AA/RAC to have a look over for you.

I want to get either the 3.6 or 4.0 this weekend... its way cooler, comfier and cheaper to insure than a punto!!!

13th Feb 2007, 06:25


My Name is R.K. and I just recently joined the ranks of a proud XJS' owner. I do own other Jags, but this is the first XJS'. I am having problems with the air condition system blowing properly. It seems that it blows as though it is in defrosting mode, any suggestions as to what the problem may be? Also after it has run a while it seems that condensation builds up in the ventilation system and comes out on my driver right foot, any suggestions on that? Overall this is a wonderful car. I was glad to hear from the other comments about the not so terrific break out speed, that eased my mind about the 0-60, but pass that look out!!!

25th Feb 2007, 18:22


I came across your comments by accident. I have a 1990 XJ-S with 45k miles and a 1985 XJ12 with 180k. Water drips onto the throttle foot normally come from the pedal box and the tray above it - I don't have the problem in the XJ-S, but the XJ12 wets my feet every time I go through a puddle. Are you sure it's just a/c condensation?

Generally though these cars go on for ever PROVIDED you keep on top of the rust. Other aspects are irritatingly under-engineered (headlining anyone?) but not show-stoppers.