[x300] XJR QUESTION

Hello All,

After a few years off this forum ( my xj40 was totaled by vandles)
I have decided that I need to seriously look into the purchase of
my Next Jaguar.

I am looking to get an XJR…the primitive research I have done
seems to point towards the 2001 and onwards models being ‘‘better’’
as the earlier models had engine issues.

If anyone on this site has knowledge of the xjrs and can let me
know a quick xjr purchase 101 I would appreciate it. Things to look
for an common poblems would help me in identifing a good buy.

P.S good to see a lot of the old guys are still on here…bryan
ect…You guys had helped me out a lot with the xj40.

Missed you guys :-)–
Jameson1
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Welcome back!

Your primitive research is pretty much spot on, although you might find a
great value with a pre-2001 if the engine checks out OK. (Search the
archives for “blow-by test,” “timing chain” and “water pump.”)

“Mark 1” Mark Stephenson Phoenix, AZ
52 XK120 S673129; 59 Mark 1; 84, 85, 86, 95 XJ6

I am looking to get an XJR…the primitive research I have done seems to
point towards the 2001 and onwards models being ‘‘better’’
as the earlier models had engine issues.

If anyone on this site has knowledge of the xjrs and can let me know a quick
xjr purchase 101 I would appreciate it. Things to look for an common poblems
would help me in identifing a good buy.

In reply to a message from Jameson1 sent Sun 9 Jan 2011:

i have a 95 xjr, with the inline 6, I would recommend you find
a 95-97 as from what I’ve read the aj16 is more reliable and
the last of the ‘‘original’’ jaguar engines and still has plenty
of power. mines the only one of its kind where im from which
is also kind of neat. in my shopping I’ve only ever seen a few
aj16s on ebay motors which is kind of cool as well. so if you
can find one, get a 95-97.–
elias klein
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In reply to a message from Jameson1 sent Sun 9 Jan 2011:

I think you are referring to the Nikasil liner issues. The
steel liners came in during 2000 build, so a 2001 model can
have Nikasil liners, depending on when it was built. The
only sure way to be sure is by engine number, which should
be on or after 200008181043 (year 2000, August 18th, at
10:43 am).

If you are not willing to check the engine number on 2001
models, you will have to stick to 2002 onwards.

My 2001 model XJ8 has an end of august engine number, so is
steel linered but only by about 10 days.–
01 XJ8, 89 Porsche 928 S4
Santa Clara, CA, United States
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In reply to a message from eliasXJR sent Mon 10 Jan 2011:

What does that mean? The AJ-V8 was designed completely by
Jaguar, as was the AJ16. So how is the AJ16 more originally
Jaguar?–
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the last of the ‘‘original’’ jaguar engines and still has plenty


01 XJ8, 89 Porsche 928 S4
Santa Clara, CA, United States
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In reply to a message from Mark H sent Mon 10 Jan 2011:

just because the inline 6 was used in all their previous cars,
the v8 sort of conforms to all the other cars in its class–
The original message included these comments:

What does that mean? The AJ-V8 was designed completely by
Jaguar, as was the AJ16. So how is the AJ16 more originally
Jaguar?


elias klein
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In reply to a message from eliasXJR sent Tue 18 Jan 2011:

I suppose everyone has their own ideas about what a Jaguar should
be and what it means to them. I have to say that all the series 2
XJ my dad had and the MKII he still has had the xk straight 6
engine and that was one of the things that defined Jaguar for me as
it was the straight 6s that I saw under the bonnet from a very
young age. (Oh yes, and today the thought of working on a V8 or V12
doesn’t quite appeal so much).–
The original message included these comments:

In reply to a message from Mark H sent Mon 10 Jan 2011:
just because the inline 6 was used in all their previous cars,
the v8 sort of conforms to all the other cars in its class

The original message included these comments:

What does that mean? The AJ-V8 was designed completely by
Jaguar, as was the AJ16. So how is the AJ16 more originally
Jaguar?


Lawrence. 1995 XJR. 1997 3.2 Sport. Scotland.
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I certainly have nothing against V8 (or other) Jags but I’ll be the first to
agree here. For some of us there’s quite a sentimental attachment as “Big
inline six” and “Jaguar” went hand-in-hand for so long.

Cheers
Doug Dwyer
Longview Washington USA
1995 XJRFrom: “6cyl.DOHC” lawrence78@btopenworld.com

I suppose everyone has their own ideas about what a Jaguar should
be and what it means to them. I have to say that all the series 2
XJ my dad had and the MKII he still has had the xk straight 6
engine and that was one of the things that defined Jaguar for me as
it was the straight 6s that I saw under the bonnet from a very
young age.