If you like the feel & performance/handling of the car, go for it, and
most likely it will be a reliable car for you, if you do your own work
and take the time to learn about the car. There are many resources to
do that, including Kirby’s Book, available free online, this
list/forum, and JDHT CD’s for ~ $25 each with the Jaguar Service Manual
& Parts Catalogue, and the Supplementary Information CD with the
Electrical Technical Guides/Circuit Diagrams.
I bought an 89 coupe (Lucas CEI rather than Marelli) nearly four years
ago with only 35k miles on it. It was nearly as new cosmetically and
mechanically. Since then, the only things I have HAD to replace are the
coil and the A/C compressor for a total parts cost of ~ $250.
Of course I’ve done some other things just to make sure it is in good
repair, such as all new hoses, belts, new shocks, replace steering rack
bushings, new transmission mount spool, and I did have a leak in the
fuel tank. If you do your own work, $500 or less in parts per year, and
several hours a month for repairs/maintenance is a realistic estimate
for maintaining a 20-year-old vehicle.
I’ve had my 85 since 1991, and I’ve never had to get any deeper into
the engine on either car than changing the plugs and rebuilding the
Lucas distributor. I’ve never even had the cam covers off. If you don’t
overheat it, and a bad radiator or fan clutch can do that, it should
easily go 200,000 miles before you do any engine dismantling.
George Balthrop, Clifton, VA USA
85 & 89 XJ-S Coupes; 89 XJ40 VDP-----Original Message-----
From: Mark DeLong firstname.lastname@example.org
About 30,000 miles on it. I have an XJ8 and an E-type now,
and have done the work on the E-type myself. This one’s a
V12, so in a different league from the others.
What kinds of issues arise for a low mileage car of 18 years
that I need to be aware of?
This one runs nicely, all power items work, good A/C. The
tires (original, by the way) really need replacement because
of fatigue and age.
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