When I first got into the XJ game 20+ years ago, there were plenty of SIII cars that were just used cars - they needed some TLC, but were otherwise reasonably solid. The conventional wisdom back then when car shopping was to hold out for a good example.
We’re now at a point where the youngest US market XJ is over 30 years old. Many more have now been sent to the scrapyard, and the those still out there have that much more aging and wear and tear. Unless you are buying from the kind of person who frequents this site, those aforementioned good examples are becoming more rare.
I’ve recently been pondering the questions below, and thought it would be interesting to get the thoughts of everyone. There are no “correct” answers, and everyone has their own skill sets, finances, pain tolerance, etc.
When looking at an XJ for sale, what are your dealbreakers? It might be combination of issues, rather than a single problem.
When owning an XJ, at what point do you part it out or call the scrapyard? Same as above, in that it may be a combination of issues, rather than a single failure.
If you’ve been in this group for a while, how has you above criteria changed over the years? Do you find yourself considering or doing major repairs that you wouldn’t have done before, because you could simply find a better example?