Product Type: Jaguar cars
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Jaguar XJS HE V12 5.3 litre Gas Guzzler extreme
Jaguar XJS History
Member Name: Petrolheadguru
Jaguar XJS History
Advantages: Jaguar class and style totally unique safe & comfortable but cheap to buy
Disadvantages: Very expensive to run servcing parts and poor 12mpg!
Why did I buy an XJS? Well it was a long time ago,early 1990s when I bought mine and they had been in and out of fashion.Suddenly they were cool again,the new and last model came out in 1991 giving it a new lustre.
Mine was an 8 year old V12 HE 5.3 litre,nice metallic dark green with gold pin stripes (remember those? Very British Leyland) It had the chrome bumpers and extra large 17" TWR lattice wheels.It looked the business,much better than you would think,bodywork very good,everything worked (I guess I was lucky the electrics were fine in mine) The last owner really loved it,kept it well serviced and garaged.Showing 60,000 miles it was still immaculate,the leather was excellent condition beige colour and the wood,the carpets etc nice.My first automatic car and one of many to come,not that this old 3 speed was that good,it was smooth but a bit slow, 0-60 was disappointing.For a car that boasted around 320 BHP it did not feel like it but over 50 mph it really got going! Try putting your foot to the floor at 50 mph the front will lift up in the air and then it proves its a V12 alright!
I looked at a few before buying this one,prices were from £3500 - £5500 for a car around 6 years old plus,they do depreciate these old Jags!!! Alot of car for the money,plenty to chose from so prices were low.They are very limited inside for a big car,token rear seats are rubbish,low roof line but has a huge boot.
Mine cost just under £4K,it did need a few bits and pieces however at its first MOT with me and it cost me another £800 or so that year that was unexpected! Never mind,I kept it for about 2 years as a second car,worse part of ownership is the huge thirst! Best 15 mpg,worst it would go down to half that,ouch,I stopped watching the computer,as it would tell me I was doing 2 mpg when I went to overtake!
Its now a true classic Brit so if you are looking for one be patient and get a well cared for running example.A project car will cost way too much to get bac on the road,even for a mechanic as parts are pricey and you may struggle to get them.
If you want something fast this definitely is not it,its a cruiser and not a sports car.
Mind you on the open road I remember leaving a few hot hatches in my wake! One nutter in a Renault 5 Turbo was really miffed when he could not keep up down the Fosseway! When I hit the twisty bits though I had to take it easy and he caught me up but on the straight he had no chance,Ha!
Insurance was not a problem,even under 25 I managed to get a modern classic policy as it was a second car and I only intended to do a few thousand miles a year in it anyway,back then it was around £200 or so fully comp,a real bargain.They are solid well built safe motors,low centre of gravity and super smooth magic carpet ride.Watch out for rust though,I saw some bad ones,they must have had rust on them from new!
I had a private plate with 007 in the number,real cool eh? Well I thought it was then,they were good enough for The Saint I suppose,remember the white ST1.
I have noticed these seem to be getting popular again,especially the convertible,last model is probably the one to go for probably the 6 cylinder 4.0 Ltr,at least it may do a few more mpg than my V12 and be just as quick.
Thanks for reading my review and I hope you found it interesting.If this has been useful to you and you take time to leave Your rating it will be appreciated and hope you will take a look at my other reviews sometime.I also leave reviews on the Ciao website about this and other items,many thanks!
Summary: Great British classic ok as a second car to drive now and then