[x300] Questions on '96 XJ6

I have been looking at a 1996 BRG XJ6 at a local dealer (same company owns
the Jaguar dealer I deal with as well, have had good experience with them)
following the ‘death’ of my 1991 VDP. Having more experience with the XJ40’s,
I was wondering what kinds of things I should look for on this car. The only
things I noticed initially were a sagging/stained headliner (possible sunroof
leak?) and while I was driving the Anti-lock light stayed on. There was also
a noise emitting from the car when the wheel was turned sharply at low speed
(i.e. backing out of tight parking space). Dealer said that all that would be
fixed before purchase (I know, I know). Perfect exterior, one owner Florida
car, very good interior with the exception of the aforementioned headliner.
Any advice?
Also, being used to the '40, It surprised me that there was no
trip computer on this car. It had the speed control and odometer reset, and
had all the lights on the display that my old car had but none of the buttons
(vcm, range, etc…). Also, there is a traction control off light on the
console when I turn the car on, but I can’t for the life of me find the
switch that controls this… I know where it was on the '95 XJ12 I looked at,
is this just a feature on the higher models?

               Thanks In Advance,
               Nicholas P.
               R.I.P. '91 VDP

� � � � � �Also, being used to the '40, It surprised me that there was no
trip computer on this car. It had the speed control and odometer reset, and
had all the lights on the display that my old car had but none of the buttons
(vcm, range, etc…).

Nicholas, the trip computer on my 97 XJ6 is operated by depressing the directonal signal stalk. Push it in (towards the steering column) and each time you push it, the various info appears on the display. I assume the '96 model is the same.

Cheers,
Roy
'85 XJ6 VdP
'97 XJ6
Orcas Island, Washington__________________________________________________________________
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In reply to a message from TRMNALYill@aol.com sent Tue 24 Sep 2002:

Nicholas, I have a 96 VDP and will concur with the other email that
your trip computer stuff is achieved thru repeated pressings of the
left hand turn signal stalk. As far as the traction control you
seek, it’s not there. If your car that you are looking at had
traction control, it would be one of the three switches located
next to the cruise control I believe. I know my car has that one
particular switch just blanked over next to the Reset and ODO
button. Only cars that went to areas that might possibly need that
had that feature ordered from the dealer. Obviously, Florida would
not have a need for that control nor Texas, where my car came from.
But on the good side, I have read from independent testers that the
trasction control is nothing to write home about in the Jag and as
a matter of fact, I’ve read that in one particular review that
leaving it off worked BETTER! So much for that. I do assume that
you would make sure that all is well before buying that car if the
dealer says they’re really going to fix all that stuff but make
sure you have SOMEONE of course inspect the manifolds for cracks as
every member here will tell you!!! As for the headliner issue,
that’s really weird but when you look up, you should see all
headliner material when you look up at a closed sunroof, with two
pieces showing. When I first bought mine, the sunroof leaked like
crazy so I thought it was that little black fuzzy seal around the
sunroof. Come to find out that that little fuzzy seal cost $95.00
freakin dollars and that wasn’t the problem. There is a pan that
slides up under that sunroof that catches any water seeping through
that seal and siphons it off somewhere into the fourth dimension or
something. When I looked up, there was the a four inch gap between
the sunroof material and the rear of the hole where the sunroof is.
I didn’t know that was supposed to have a piece in there. So anyway
I learned the hard way that there was and now I have no leaks and
have a full headliner in my sunroof hole. Maybe that car had a or
has a problem with not draining rain out correctly (a broken
sunroof ) and it has discolored the headliner. Just giving you a
possible heads up. Good luck - Dana

(96’ black VDP x300 4.0)–
The original message included these comments:

things I noticed initially were a sagging/stained headliner (possible sunroof
leak?) and while I was driving the Anti-lock light stayed on. There was also
trip computer on this car. It had the speed control and odometer reset, and
had all the lights on the display that my old car had but none of the buttons
(vcm, range, etc…). Also, there is a traction control off light on the
console when I turn the car on, but I can’t for the life of me find the
switch that controls this… I know where it was on the '95 XJ12 I looked at,
is this just a feature on the higher models?


Logboy
Portland, United States
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Check the common fault section of the online manual.

Cheers - Jez> -----Original Message-----

From: TRMNALYill@aol.com [mailto:TRMNALYill@aol.com]
Sent: 24 September 2002 02:57
To: x300@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [x300] Questions on '96 XJ6

I have been looking at a 1996 BRG XJ6 at a local dealer (same
company owns
the Jaguar dealer I deal with as well, have had good
experience with them)
following the ‘death’ of my 1991 VDP. Having more experience
with the XJ40’s,
I was wondering what kinds of things I should look for on
this car.

In reply to a message from rjpringlexj6@netscape.net sent Tue 24 Sep 2002:

I recently purchased a 1996 XJ6. The anti-lock brake light was
coming on when I test drove the car. I purchased the car with the
agreement that the anti-lock system be repaired along with a timing
chain leak. Due to how the salesman wrote up the �WE OWE� (Check
Anti-Lock Brakes) the sales manager told the service department
that they would not pay for the repairs. The service manger told
me that the repair was approximately $1,500 to replace the anti-
lock computer. A phone call to the salesman resolved the issue and
the computer was replace free of charge. The anti-lock repairs can
be very expensive. It is important to flush the brake system
periodically. The Jaguar dealer also replaced the head gasket free
of charge to resolve the timing chain leak.

My experience indicates that deferred maintenance on Jaguar cars
can be very expensive. I had an independent garage that regularly
works on Jaguar cars inspect the car prior to purchase. They found
several things that I had not and pointed out the maintenance items
that needed to be done. The inspection was well worth the
$150.00. The Jaguar salesman obtained the complete service history
from the service department for the independent garage to review.

I was also very pleased with the Jaguar Service Department. Very
good people and took whatever time was required to answer my
questions about the car.

Good luck with your purchase.

John Converse–
blacktanhounds
Four Oaks, NC, United States
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If you’re really happy fos the service that you got from your Jag
dealer/service, call up Jaguar (1-800-4JAGUAR) and tell them about it.
They will send your dealer a thank you note and also give them good
review points for year end stats…

Michel J. Poirier
'03 VDP (On order - comming in 1 week!)

blacktanhounds wrote:>In reply to a message from rjpringlexj6@netscape.net sent Tue 24 Sep 2002:

I recently purchased a 1996 XJ6. The anti-lock brake light was
coming on when I test drove the car. I purchased the car with the
agreement that the anti-lock system be repaired along with a timing
chain leak. Due to how the salesman wrote up the �WE OWE� (Check
Anti-Lock Brakes) the sales manager told the service department
that they would not pay for the repairs. The service manger told
me that the repair was approximately $1,500 to replace the anti-
lock computer. A phone call to the salesman resolved the issue and
the computer was replace free of charge. The anti-lock repairs can
be very expensive. It is important to flush the brake system
periodically. The Jaguar dealer also replaced the head gasket free
of charge to resolve the timing chain leak.

My experience indicates that deferred maintenance on Jaguar cars
can be very expensive. I had an independent garage that regularly
works on Jaguar cars inspect the car prior to purchase. They found
several things that I had not and pointed out the maintenance items
that needed to be done. The inspection was well worth the
$150.00. The Jaguar salesman obtained the complete service history
from the service department for the independent garage to review.

I was also very pleased with the Jaguar Service Department. Very
good people and took whatever time was required to answer my
questions about the car.

Good luck with your purchase.

John Converse


blacktanhounds
Four Oaks, NC, United States
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