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Old 09-11-2010, 02:49 AM   #21
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A turbo 400? isnt that a chevy tranny?
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Yep, 3 speed auto. Arguably the most powerful, reliable, and bulletproof 3 speed transmission ever made by an american car company. The transmission I have was recently rebuilt, and fitted with tighter first and 2nd gears, and an insane shift kit. The guy who built it said it will light up the tires through 2nd gear.
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NIIICCCEEE i never was a big exotic car guy but it looks and sounds like a bada$$ car man keep up the good work
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NIIICCCEEE i never was a big exotic car guy but it looks and sounds like a bada$$ 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.
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""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. ""

Kinda like a bonneville lol and yeah man theyre sweet and its awesome they have that many American parts too
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Im starting to like it already
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""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. ""

Kinda like a bonneville lol and yeah man theyre sweet and its awesome they have that many American parts too
You don't know the half of it. If you think Bonnevilles are great, you should look under the hood of this Jag. When I first started working on it, I was amazed at the amount of engineering and ingenuity that went into the engine'* design and how everything was built. Its like renovating artwork, and when you fire that thing up, its like bringing a world war 2 bomber to life. Once I get this thing running properly again, I'll be driving it everywhere.
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well then you can drive it here to michigan and I can look under the hood lol
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Just name a time & a place, and I'll come out to see it! Be reasonable.
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thats interesting, holy **** is it ever long
must be a bitch to put in and out, is it?
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