RE: Jaguar XJ6 Sport | Shed of the Week

RE: Jaguar XJ6 Sport | Shed of the Week

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paulguitar

4,452 posts

63 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Here’s my 3.2 executive which I ran for three years.


I really liked it. It was a reverse Tardis, a big car with very little room inside, pretty awful on fuel and not really very quick. But, in three years I had no significant issues and every time I got in it, it felt a bit special.



Jimmy Recard

16,159 posts

129 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Jex said:
Sitcom smash!
Terry, you plonker!

Digby

7,404 posts

196 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Sparky137 said:
Always like these but unfortunately there is no such thing as a cheap old Jag. Probably going to cost its purchase price again in the first few months of ownership putting previous bodges and delinquent services right.

Nice all the same though.
Purchased one a few years back off an old boy for £500. Even the clock and aircon worked. First MOT and the tester said there was no rust. Only job I ever did on it was two bushes. No idea why I got rid, really. I loved it.

soad

30,548 posts

126 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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CharlesA said:
Have had two X308 XJRs - fabulous. The 3.2 is the right car for 95% of the time, the V8 for 4% and the R for 1%. the 1% swayed me, but for £900...

Of course, the ULEZ beckons and £12.50 every day you use it within the North/South circular from next October will soon add up...
That charge has skyrocketed...was originally only a fiver? frown

Alex-wtkhl

6 posts

26 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Taxed til March 2020??
The guy has obviously not sold a car recently!

martin12345

88 posts

39 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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I run an XJR, but to be honest the feel of all X300/308's is pretty similar (as indeed is the fuel economy), just a bit faster or slower
They all are just lovely places to travel in although they really are tiny inside compared to the outside - the same as a modern Focus sided car for front/rear legroom and the boot is pretty tiny - this is largely because the car is so low - about 4" lower than the same Focus - it means that the fuel tank is between the boot and the rear seats (rather than under floor) and the seating position is "long and low" rather than upright. Makes the car look great to my eyes (and many others). None handle that sharply but it's not the point. They can be hustled faster than most expect although you have to "settle" them into corners. Where they excel is the ambience of the interior and the rolling comfort. Reliability really isn't that bad (or good) - pretty typical of ~20 year old cars and varies a lot from car to car. Some are nightmares, some never go wrong. The real killer of these (and most 20 year old cars) is rust. If this one is as rust free as claimed then it's a bargain if it's the sort of thing you want. However it isn't going to be an economic option for cities through a combination of ULEZ and fuel economy in the teens around town. My XJR is used on B roads and motorways in the majority and has returned ~21mpg since I've owned it. Pretty horrible in isolation but it has depreciated "nothing" (if anything appreciated) and has only cost me about £200/year in parts. Insurance is very normal (£250/year). Tax is also OK at about £270. Overall it costs me about the same to run as a 3 year old Fiesta 1.0l Ecoboost (I did the sums out of interest) with basically the fuel economy balancing the depreciation. It's not hard to work out which is the nicer way to travel


Edited by martin12345 on Sunday 8th December 10:26

smoxley71

1 posts

2 months

Sunday 8th December 2019
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I am actually the vendor of this car and had the paid advert up for sometime and had no enquiries.
I find it very amusing that piston heads chose to use my car for their article.
In the meantime if anybody is interested please email me on smoxley@yahoo.com

Roaringopenfire

36 posts

51 months

Sunday 8th December 2019
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Back in 1995 my boss had an M reg XJ3.2 and when he was fired I inherited it with company fuel card. Toured around Europe, going home Jag did Florence to London in one day via the Autobahns flawlessly. Tiny inside for size of car and very little boot depth. Great memories and great shed.

Roaringopenfire

36 posts

51 months

Sunday 8th December 2019
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Reverse Tardis. Perfect description! Here’s my 3.2 executive which I ran for three years.


I really liked it. It was a reverse Tardis, a big car with very little room inside, pretty awful on fuel and not really very quick. But, in three years I had no significant issues and every time I got in it, it felt a bit special.



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stickleback123

5,436 posts

139 months

Sunday 8th December 2019
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The 3.2 is pretty naff in these; it doesn't have enough torque to be effortless and it's very thirsty for the performance. The 4.0 is better and the V12 is fabulous, although prices are on the up.

If you actually want a smoker Jag to really use though I think you're better off skipping these and the troublesome X308 and looking for an aluminium X350 from 2003. Leggy 3.0 V6 models start at £1500 now and they will be faster, far more economical, and much less ballache than a tired X300/X308.

If you really want an X300 then buy a decent one, these poverty spec weedy models are a bit pointless.

Jaguar steve

6,019 posts

160 months

Sunday 8th December 2019
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stickleback123 said:
If you really want an X300 then buy a decent one, these poverty spec weedy models are a bit pointless.
yes The 3.2 XJ6 is absolutely hopeless heavily loaded or in hilly areas and it's not helped by it's agricultural 4 speed gearbox. The 3.2 V8 is a big improvement over the 3.2 six but a 3.0 X350 would easily run rings round both.