My British car mechanic (I already have a Land Rover), is offering me a car
that he has serviced for its previous owner for several years. It is
Glacier-White with Barley Interior 1989 Jaguar XJ6, US Specification. The
car only has 63,000 miles on the clock, and as we are in California, the
paint and bodywork are spotless and rust-free. We have been talking about a
price of roughly $5,500 to $6,000, and I have the car “on approval” for this
weekend, and I have discovered some problems that I would like to negotiate
to get repaired before I take delivery…or purchase the car at all. Before
anything else, let me tell you that I have owned and restored British Cars
for several years, but I have never had as big and as complicated a car as a
late-model Jaguar, so I am very happy to know that there is a “support
group” out there like all of you! Anyway, here are the items:
- It seems that a bit of rain seeps in to the passenger-side wheelwell if
the car is left outside in the rain. I know that this is a common Jaguar
fault, but is there any known or obvious culprit?
- The headliner in the back is sagging pretty badly. Is there any quick
fix for this, or should I negotiate to get this replaced?
- Passenger side rear door handle does not seem to open the door. Is that
difficult to repair?
- Fuel filler flap does NOT disengage when the rest of the central locking
system does, so I must open the trunk to access the release lever. Is it
difficult to fix this?
- Long up-and-down “stripe” on the passenger-side window glass, looking
like it was made by the window being off the track. If I replace the glass,
how can I avoid this happening again?
- Driver’s lap belt latch/catch is insecure. It is difficult to latch
initially, and sometimes does not hold. This seems a big safety hazard, did
Jaguar ever recall these like Honda did?
- Finally, there is a slight bit of damage to the back seat bottom. Is it
possible to repair just a small section, or must the entire surface be
replaced? Also, is it difficult to match the seat colors for re-dyeing?
- Small chips on the tops of both rear taillights. Are these sufficiently
expensive that they should be a bargaining chip?
Finally, I have, sort of, emotionally “bonded” with the vehicle, so now the
trouble begins!!! Anyway, I will rely on your expertise to bring me back to
earth. BTW, they do have all the service records, (although I have not yet
seen them), and they just finished sorting-out the rear-leveling problem
that plagues these cars, so the ride is wonderful.
Thanks in advance,
1065 E. Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404 USA
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