Originally Posted by sseidriver97
NIIICCCEEE i never was a big exotic car guy but it looks and sounds like a bada$$ car man keep up the good work
I wans't either, and I despised Jaguars for claims of unreliability. I'm a diehard GM and american car fan, as I owned 2 GM cars before I bought this one. The Jag XJS however is a completely different world. The transmission is made by GM, a Turbo 400, the rear differential is limited slip from the factory, a Dana transmission (also american), the electronics under the hood are made by Lucas Ignition, also an american company, and the car is built like a tank. Some people call them 4000lb Miatas.
Here'* why this specific car is special.
1 The car has a V12, and the most reliable transmission you could get that year. There'* nothing like a V12, and for a car that retailed (with consideration for inflation) at $90k, you're getting more than a Kia or honda civic. Extremely high value. You can get a running XJS in decent condition for $2000. You can get one with a bad engine for less than $1000.
2. They're extremely easy to swap small block chevy engines into, and a lot of people do it.
3. If you like the v12 and you find one in running condition, the only 3 things you need to do to keep it running reliably are have the radiator re-cored, clean out the distributor, and replace all of the fuel and coolant hoses. Past that they're extremely reliable motors.
4. There'* a 750 page free e-book written by a guy who has owned these cars all of his life which is like a bible for this car. Anything that can possibly ever go wrong with this car and how to fix it or prevent it is included in this book.
This is one of those cars where if you start to learn about them, you can't help but go out and buy one. They're really amazing cars.