Hello all. I recently put on the road the
above-captioned car, 88 XJ40, - The Lady Catherine -
and have found numerous problems with it. A sampling:
ABS Failure, Bulb Failure (back-ups don’t work),
intermittent setting on the wiper doesn’t work right.
I’ve read the simple solutions to these 2 problems in
the Jag-lovers site. Also, gets horrible gas mileage
in the low gears (when traveling city speeds) -from 0
to 30 MPH, RPMs get to 2000 or so when I accelerate,
yet the speed hardly increases (I don’t think it
should rev like that, should it?)and needs to be at 60
- 70 MPH before O/D engages. However, once it gets to
80 or so, the range mileage actually seems to increase
sometimes. Is the computer nuts or what? I hope you
guys don’t tell me I need a new transmission.
Also, the gas lid does not open. I have yet to find
the release lever in the driver’s floor area. The
dealer told me today that some models did not have it.
Also said that the cap should “unlock” when the doors
are open and the engine is turned off. In other
words, I should be able to just lift it. I currently
have to open the trunk and push a white lever in order
to unlock the gas cover. The doors don’t seem to have
an automatic unlock feature. I have to use the
central “panic” button to lock them or push down on
the front driver/passenger door locks. The mirrors
also don’t move. The motors seem to make noise, but
the side mirrors don’t move. Also, the rear doors
don’t open from the outside. The handles seem to be
unlinked from the doors. They do open from the
inside, though. The dealer thought that these
problems might all be related to something electrical,
although I don’t think so, since the motors for the
mirrors work, and the door locks & windows also work.
I think that the rear door handles might have been
disconnected from the cabling inside the panels. I am
also having numerous problems w/the engine and the
power steering rack. I think I may have a problem
w/the new rotors & pads I had installed in October.
I’ll have a clue tomorrow, as I am taking her to a
store that specializes in tires, axles, and other
I am sorry to dump all of these problems on you guys,
but I am not really mechanically inclined and am
trying to learn as I go. I am hoping to be able to do
as much of the work (that’s not a part of a safety
system) myself, although I live in Westchester County,
and it is getting bruttaly cold out.
Thanks so much!
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