Finally after all this time, the transport arrived today with my black/black '92 5.3 coupe (93K miles).
The good points are her engine purrs quiet and smooth as a V-12 cat should. No signs of dents or rust on the body, although it looks like someone tried sanding down her horizontal surfaces, possibly to re-spray the clear coat, which had been peeling, at least on the boot lid deck area. A $1,600.00 top of the line MAACO job and she should look good as new. Trans shifts smooth (although kind of rough going into reverse - maybe needs fluid/filter change?). All the gauges read good and correct levels. The interior upholstery is in very good shape, with the seats looking like new. Same for the wood trim.
The bads: she was almost out of power steering fluid, but that was a known issue in that one of the hoses is bad. Will have my tech bud crawl under her this weekend and find out which of the two hoses that is. Also saw where the turn signals are not working (known issue, too) but I found a new flasher still in the package in the glove box that I guess the seller was going to install but didn’t get to it. Also known issue is the clip that holds the glove box door closed is broken. The seller told me he put the parts to fix it in the glove box, but I didn’t find them there. For some reason the seller did not put the driver’s door panel back on after resolving the door release issue that arose after the sale, but good thing he didn’t as the driver’s window is not going up/down. I’ll check the fuse, relay and switch and hopefully that is the issue, and not the motor itself (they are usually pretty “bulletproof”). One thing that the seller did not tell me about (wondered what that was the area of the car NOT photographed) is the loose headliner has been pinned up, which is typical for old Jags. Also, for some reason the dome light was removed and is laying inside the glove box, with the bare wires hanging out of the opening. Also, apparently the seat belt buzzer does not shut off so long as the car is running (seat belt not fastened). Since I’m not a big seat belt fan () is there any way to disconnect that circuit? For some reason the seller also had the passenger side knee bolster panel removed from the dash and was found laying in the backseat. Hopefully there are no broken brackets or some such with that. Boot looks O.K., although the spare wheel cover needs a good cleaning (any suggestions?) … Although the battery started the car O.K. (Sears Die Hard 3-Year Gold), it looked pretty rough, so I took it o a local auto shop and they tested it. Good thing, as it tested “bad”. I will take it to Sears this weekend to see what they think, and maybe there is a pro-rated warranty on it (although I’m not the purchaser … ?). Looks like the boot and hood struts are shot, so will replace those soon.
Overall, not bad for under $2K … and with less than another $2K or so to put into her, she should look and run very nice.
btw, the seller did not provide a fob for the car … Did Jag not have remote key fobs for the '92 MY XJ-S yet?