Jaguar XJ6 X300
ENGINE 3980cc/6-cyl/DOHC POWER 249bhp@4800rpm TORQUE 289lb ft@4000rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 144mph 0-60MPH 7.8sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 20-24mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, four-speed auto MoT 12 months ODOMETER 155,500 miles
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Push the throttle and the automatic gearbox hooks up instantly, launching the car hard with rapid kickdown and smooth-shifting gears. The ride at cruising speeds is relaxing but the suspension is taut enough to give good body control under hard cornering. There’s a clonk from a front nearside suspension bush over sharp bumps, but the dealer plans to investigate and rectify this. The power-assisted steering is quiet and there’s no pulling to either side under hard braking.
The panels are straight and there appears to be no rust around the wheelarches, unlike many Jaguar XJs of this era. A previous owner appears to have had some paint repairs done here and there, but the colour match is excellent, with only a small run on the rear wing and a subtle edge to the paint inside a door-shut giving it away. The front of the bonnet has very fine stone chips across it and there is a scuff on the front bumper’s nearside corner, but the vendor claims that the chassis is in excellent condition and the car has now been undersealed. The correct Sport spec alloy wheels are undamaged and wear newlooking 225/55R16 tyres.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
The cream leather is largely unblemished and still looks fresh. The driver’s seat has a patina of crease lines, but is undamaged and should recolour well. The black ash wood dashboard is in fine condition with no scratches or peeling lacquer, and the part-wood, part-leather steering wheel looks perfect. X300 headlinings have a habit of drooping over time, but this car has a new one, and the dark carpets are in superb condition throughout. The only real issue concerns centre air vent slats, which don’t always tilt up and down together as they should – the linkage behind has either broken or dropped off. This should be a simple fix, however.
UNDER THE BONNET
The chain-driven 4.0-litre straight-six AJ16 engine has just been serviced and fitted with a new alternator. The service book has stamps up to 147,000 miles in 2012. The engine starts on the first turn of the key and idles quietly. The engine bay is clean and looks to be an honest representation of the car’s general condition.
THE CCW VIEW
There are plenty of tired X300generation Jaguars out there but this one seems to have been well looked after by its previous owners. The relatively modern engineering provides a stirring and refined drive that’s rather at odds with its 150,000-mile odometer reading – it certainly feels like it has plenty of life left in it yet. At just over £2000, this is a great deal of car for the money and a fraction of what the car was worth when new.
PROS Just serviced, no obvious rust, strong colour CONS Driver’s seat and air vent need attention
BUY IT FROM Jaguar Services, Rochester, Kent ME3 9LB, 07821 763425
Recently-serviced engine feels younger than its miles.
Looks good, though driver’s seat could use a re-colour.