11th Jun 2006, 19:06
We just bought a 1989 Jag XJS convertible. I must mirror everyone's comments. It is perhaps the most elegant and beautiful car I've ever seen. It drives like a dream both in terms of comfort and handling. Cosmetically our car is perfect and shows less than 5,000 miles per year of use; however, with the high-test gas mileage we're seeing, it's no wonder. Right now the only issue is my bright lights don't work. I would never buy one of these cars if I had to depend on it for everyday use, but for date night or anything where you want to actively "be seen", there is nothing better.
24th Aug 2006, 13:06
I was very reluctant to purchase my 1989 XJS V12, but now I cannot imagine not driving it. The biggest thrill of this Jag model, especially the V12's, is how gracefully it accelerates north of sixty miles an hour. Sure, there are little problems, but hey, every car has issues, and the joy you get from this car will far surpass the headaches you endure. I do admit that I get a kick out of watching heads turn as I take the big cat out to stretch it's legs. The car is the ultimate grand tourer and I do plan on driving my unborn daughter to her wedding in mine.
28th Nov 2006, 11:24
Does anyone know the horsepower rating of these V-12's?
And what about the torque?
4th Dec 2006, 17:02
Have just purchased a 1989 XJS 12 Convertible, Have seen references to gas mileage using regular grade, these are goverment stats. Have. nt taken delivery yet. Will they run on mid-range?? Thank's.
30th Dec 2006, 04:51
In response to the person asking about horsepower rating for the v-12:I believe the horse power is roughly 285.
In response to the person asking about possible use of lower grade gasoline in the v-12:do not do it. Just ask any owner of this car, it will cause more problems than its worth.
24th Nov 2007, 19:39
Horepower is 262 and torque is 290. Its not very quick off the line becuase its heavy at 4015 lbs and it has a 3 speed automatic transmission. Its acceleration above 65mph, or so, is pretty impressive though.
31st Jul 2010, 22:43
I have a chance to purchase a 1989 XJS for $6000. It has 51,000 original miles. CarFax is clean and the car is exceptional inside and out. It is in Florida and I'm in Indiana. Would it be okay to fly to FL and drive it to Indiana on the return trip?
14th Dec 2017, 14:31
I have a 1990 XJS Convertible. Great car, but to compare it with a 450 HP vette that new cost $55,000 is silly. 1.5x more HP and 3000 lb; it's a different world. My vette's 0-60 is 3.5 seconds, my 1990 XJS's 0-60 is 7.5 seconds. But I do love the car! They're just not comparable.