RE: Jaguar XJ6 Sport | Shed of the Week

RE: Jaguar XJ6 Sport | Shed of the Week

Friday 6th December 2019

Jaguar XJ6 Sport | Shed of the Week

The 3.2-litre AJ16 might not have been the headliner, but it was sweet enough in Sport format...



What's your view on transparency in car ads? Do you believe in the 'warts and all' technique, confessing to all the issues up front to attract only genuine buyers and minimise the amount of wasted time for all parties? Or do you favour what some might call the old-school method of car selling, which is basically to skirt around your car's flaws in the ad and then hope to smooth-talk your way around them when the punters pop over?

The vendor of this Β£900 Jaguar XJ6 Sport has gone for a hybrid approach, diligently showing us the scrapes and lost paint on the car's offside rear but then not really revealing the extent of the bolster damage to the driver's seat. Even from the passenger door you can see it's pretty banged up. You could accept this as part and parcel of old Jag ownership, or you could hunt down a slightly less hammered replacement on eBay. Would it be worth the effort though?

Many would say yes. This is an X300, which on its 1994 launch was the first all-new (sort of) Jag under Ford's ownership. So as not to frighten the horses too much, Ford didn't tamper with the XJ's classically curvy body style, but to show that their influence was going to be positive they put in a lot of work to boost quality without losing any of the 'Jagness'. Jaguar's venerable six-pot AJ6 was whizzed up with an electronic ignition and traction control and renamed the AJ16. It produced 216hp in 3.2 guise and 245hp as a 4.0-litre. You could get it with a five-speed manual, but the majority of X300s had the J-change four-speed ZF auto. Sport models like this one got firmer suspension and bigger alloys.


The enduring XJ hitches were a lack of space in the cabin and, as the years went on, a tendency to rust. Which brings us back to our Shed, a car that has done just 15,000 miles in the last ten years. Although these X300s can crumble in the sills, wheel arches, door and wing bottoms and around the windscreen, the c-word has not been mentioned on any of our Shed's MOT reports dating back to 2005. Most of the fails/advisories in that time relate to suspension ball joint covers and deteriorating brake lines, with a few wheel bearing issues here and there.

You do need to check the electrics generally, specifically the dash computer, seat memory, boot lock, radio aerial, and (if it has them) the autodim mirror and electric steering wheel adjustment. Heaters play up and brake discs warp, often as a result of owners leaving the car in gear after they've come to a stop and keeping their foot on the pedal, causing local heat build-up on the disc. Suspension mounts and bushes do wear out, and a rear-end clonking is not that easy to sort.

Engine-wise, though, the AJ16s are good. The start-up timing chain rattle that was a cause for concern on the later V8s was far less worrisome on the sixes. Even transmission rumble wasn't that much of a problem. The drivetrains on these late sixes were strong. X300 alloys were notorious for dissolving, but the wheels on this one look perfect.


From the Putney stamps in the service booklet we can see that this Jag has been a London car since 2008 at least, and very likely for longer than that given that it's only had two owners in its 23 years. City life may explain the scrape to the offside rear wing and the crinkly trim piece above the bumper. Paint flaking off the bumper is very common on these, and it's happened here. Shed is insisting that the apparent 'scratch' on the boot lid is actually a reflected contrail, because he loves these old Jags and always wants to defend their corner.

A year after our Shed was built, the sixes were replaced by V8s and all the manual gearboxes disappeared as the XJ6 became the XJ8. Today, these X300 sixes are fondly regarded for a level of reliability that at least matched that of the 'quality' German marques. Indeed, it's said that the early V8s took a step back in terms of ownership satisfaction relative to the late X300s.

Even though the 4.0 is arguably the default X300, offering that extra 30hp and more torque without much of a penalty at the pumps, the 3.2 has a certain sweetness of its own. MPG figures beginning with a 3 are possible, and because this one is pre-2001, the tax isn't too punishing at Β£265. Although the cosmetic issues give this particular car a tired appearance, Shed reckons that it's better than it looks. With an MOT till next October, a full service history, and in a good colour, Β£900 or less after haggling doesn't seem so bad. And Christmas is coming...


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Sparky137

Original Poster:

644 posts

139 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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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.

alorotom

8,316 posts

145 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.
Even if that's the case it seems like a whole lot of waft for under £2k!

mrpenks

266 posts

113 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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I wonder if these will reach classic attention soon?

Cambs_Stuart

939 posts

42 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Good to see a traditional shed making a comeback.

deadtom

1,487 posts

123 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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lovely stuff, I enjoy a good X300. Real magic carpet ride (although my experience is driving a softly sprung sovereign model rather than the sport, so maybe the sport isn't as comfy) and to my mind at least, the last proper XJ; a V8 is so American and uncouth tongue out

this one wont have traction control though, only the XJR did for the 6 cylinder models.

cerb4.5lee

16,434 posts

138 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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I've always fancied the idea of wafting about in one of these(prefer the V8 though). The interior is such a lovely place to sit I reckon.

8.9 seconds to 60 and 22mpg doesn't seem that great though, and the performance/mpg mix is quite hard to swallow for sure.

AmosMoses

3,809 posts

123 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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I adore these, I nearly got one a few years back as weirdly they were super cheap to insure for a 21 year old laugh

Turbobanana

2,556 posts

159 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Are we to assume Mrs Shed is in Norfolk, rounding up a gang of turkeys for her Christmas dinner, as there are no references to her in a fairly dull SOTW piece?

J4CKO

31,641 posts

158 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Think we are all very used to this style of XJ in its various forms, new one is a nice car and they had to move on but these are the XJ's that have been about since the sixties, a bit of an institution.

Never mind X Types and S types, this is what its about and for £900 you get to experience it before they all disappear, I would perhaps spend a little more and look for one that isn't as dinged up, that said its a good looking thing in green and doesn't look too down at heel.

I really like XJR's but there is something lovely about a normal XJ that isn't trying to be too sporty.

Good shed.

s m

19,801 posts

161 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Turbobanana said:
Are we to assume Mrs Shed is in Norfolk, rounding up a gang of turkeys for her Christmas dinner, as there are no references to her in a fairly dull SOTW piece?
yes

No doubt she’ll be trying to get her hands on a ‘gobbler’ at this time of year

greenarrow

2,451 posts

75 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Seems a great shed - at £900 run it until it breaks and then sell it for parts. Not really a big risk

and is the Jag really likely to prove more expensive than last week's high mileage Saab? No turbos to break....

MX6

4,511 posts

171 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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I love these, the XJ40/X300/X308 are great motors. I used to be something of a Jag man, I've had a few in the past, when in fine fettle they a lovely drive and a nice thing to own and behold. The last one I had was a 300 XJR, superb machine when it worked but stuff literally broke quicker than I had time to fix it, spent more time crawling over the thing than actually driving it.


apm142001

139 posts

47 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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cerb4.5lee said:
I've always fancied the idea of wafting about in one of these(prefer the V8 though). The interior is such a lovely place to sit I reckon.

8.9 seconds to 60 and 22mpg doesn't seem that great though, and the performance/mpg mix is quite hard to swallow for sure.
Agreed. I know these aren’t about being sporty but it’s nice to have a bit of poke when needed, and that is a lot of fuel in exchange for not much movement.

Lord Flasheart

258 posts

68 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Those pictures were taken at the Homebase car park, by the Wandsworth roundabout. A place where i've spent many an unhappy morning.

Turbobanana

2,556 posts

159 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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apm142001 said:
cerb4.5lee said:
I've always fancied the idea of wafting about in one of these(prefer the V8 though). The interior is such a lovely place to sit I reckon.

8.9 seconds to 60 and 22mpg doesn't seem that great though, and the performance/mpg mix is quite hard to swallow for sure.
Agreed. I know these aren’t about being sporty but it’s nice to have a bit of poke when needed, and that is a lot of fuel in exchange for not much movement.
Mathematically, you're both correct. But I can't help thinking you're missing the point. This is about the pleasures of passing your daily commute in the confines of a gentlemen's drinking club, not a faux rally car like an Impreza - even though both have featured in SOTW and can be had for similar money. I know where I'd rather sit. And the economy would be about the same, no? The fuel in the Impreza is burnt making it go fast. That in the Jaguar is burnt making it go comfortably. Horses for courses and all that.

alorotom

8,316 posts

145 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Turbobanana said:
The fuel in the Impreza is burnt making it go fast.
That in the Jaguar is burnt making it go comfortably.
PH poetry

ballans

134 posts

63 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Lord Flasheart said:
Those pictures were taken at the Homebase car park, by the Wandsworth roundabout. A place where i've spent many an unhappy morning.
Haha, good spot. The loom in my Nova decided to sizzle itself at the B&Q across the road.
Another place to spend an unhappy morning.

Nice Jag

J4CKO

31,641 posts

158 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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I suspect its fast enough for most uses of a car like that as you aren't going round foot to the floor but even so, a little bit more in reserve would be nice.

Sometimes I do think it would be nice if we didn't know every performance stat before we drove the car.

Back when I was a kid (series 3 era) used to sort of spot XJ's and the 4.2 was the standard, then you got the cheapskate 3.4, and occasionally the 5.3 which was a rare bird, there was a flat brown one on our road though and the lady owner ploughed it into the Spar as she got a bit confused betwixt brake and accelerator in her Gin addled state, nigh on 300 bhp and a three speed auto did what they were told, we got free crisps ! or looting as I know it now biggrin

grumpy52

4,468 posts

124 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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I had one back in 2012 .
I had always wanted an xj6 of the 300 version and my mate the jag specialist told me to trust my instincts and go for it .
Mine came off ebay and cost me £340 with 6 months tax and 11 months mot .
It had a couple of patches of laquer peel about 4 inches long , one on the osf wing and one under the rear screen .
It had almost new tyres on it .
I drove it home from Nottingham to near Dover and averaged 32mpg .
It had an intermittent immobiliser fault that was eventually traced to a dodgy side light earth .
It was a lovely place to sit and waft but they don't have much cabin space , I used a seat belt extender to save me getting squeezed by the belts .
Mine is still going locally and I see it with other jags from the local club at car shows .
No pics as thumbsnap.com isn't playing ball today.

cerb4.5lee

16,434 posts

138 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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alorotom said:
Turbobanana said:
The fuel in the Impreza is burnt making it go fast.
That in the Jaguar is burnt making it go comfortably.
PH poetry
I was impressed by that too. thumbup