I’m looking at a 1991 XJ40 Sovereign for purchase (I’ve got
5 vehicles, and they’re ALL 2-door, and I now have need for
the convenience of a 4-door sedan). It’s got a few issues
to be resolved.
At the moment, I’ve got the original (non-PDF) version of
the JDHT CD-ROM for XJ40 models (incl 1991 data). However,
I don’t readily see anything which identifies which fuse is
which by number as used by the VCM display: description of
the VCM seems limited to the EFI type error codes.
The VCM displays ‘‘FUSE 5’’, then ‘‘PAD’’ (Or PRO, for all I
know - they’re standard LCD segments as you all know).
Which of the multitude of 5th fuses is ‘‘FUSE 5’’ ? I can
identify at least six different fuses which have a #5
I suspect ‘‘PAD’’ refers to brakes. The seller (agent, not
specializing in Jaguars) indicates that brakes have recently
been serviced, including replacement of two ABS wheel
sensors (there’s still an ABS warning - I’m quite prepared
to live with it in the near term and tackle it as a project
in the longer term).
The owners handbook is nowhere to be seen at the moment, so
I can’t readily look this up, and I’m a bit reluctant to
order up a secondhand manual for an automobile I don’t yet own.
Second issue - how would one release the passenger passive
restraint - it’s been unclipped from the shoulder track, but
the belt seems not to want to release release from the
sheath alongside the console to allow it to be reattached to
the RHS passive track.
If the radio code is indeed possibly on a sticker under the
bonnet (as per the online XJ40 tome), whereabouts on the
underside of the bonnet might that be? I neglected to check
when inspecting the car this afternoon, but when I go back,
I’d like to avoid looking around too long.
On the plus side, the sunroof is operational, as is the
cruise control and A/C. Coming from the XJ-S crowd, these
are small miracles, since they’re often problem points.
Lastly, if there’s an XJ40 owner in Marin County (you know
who you are!), preferrably in the San Rafael area, I’d
appreciate hearing from you offlist - I’ve got some
reservations about the apparent lack of power in the example
which I drove when it came to steep hills (on straightaways
it was fine), but I’m not sure whether that’s because I
consider my wife’s 5.0L Mustang a ‘‘small’’ engine (of the
cars we own, it is!), or because there’s a power issue with
this example I’m checking out. I feel that I should be able
to hit a steep hill (of which we’ve got some nice ones here
), lean into the gas and expect to accelerate on up -
sure, the 4.0L six is going to heff and haw more than a 5.3L
V12, a 5.7L V8, or a 7.4L V8, but I’d expect it to do better
than 35mph or so after several hundred feet.
Am I expecting too much of it, or does this example show
indications of an engine power problem (at 94K miles)?
Thanks for any insights.–
1988 XJ-SC / 1985 XJS / 1969 Buick GS
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