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Hello, I am neither a car mechanic or hobbyist. I bought the car on a good price for my daughter's first car. Rain leaks in above the windshield on the driver's side. There is rust there. I took it to our local body shop guy and he doesn't even know where to get parts. I am in a rural location and the shop sees mostly american made cars. I have found the trim and gasket seals. I would like to have the body shop repair all the rust around the front windshield but where do I get the glass to go for the windshield. Sorry if this is a basic question. Thanks, Erin in KS
 
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Hello, Erin,
Unfortunately new windshields will Not come from your local NAPA.

You should be able to get one from David Bodger at EverydayXJ (http://www.everydayxj.com/). He posts in here sometimes and is Very helpful; knows these cars inside and out as he takes them apart for a living and sells the parts online. He might even have the gaskets and other stuff.

EDIT: By the way, when you get a moment you might want to fall by the New Members section and post an introduction; here:
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I got my new windshield from rockauto.com 150 plus shipping. Was cheaper than anywhere in town.
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Do you all recommend a good manual on the car, like for repairs not the owner's manual, I have that already. Thanks. Erin
 
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In full disclosure, this listing is on my site, so I do have an interest in this post..
I have a used Factory Repair manual listed here for $20.
Jaguar XJ6 Service Manual Series 3 AKM9006

The same manual is available online as a download (some for free).. but if you want a paper manual this is what you'd want to look for.
Good luck on your repair!

David
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David, Is this different from the owner's maintenance manual?
 
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Prepare yourself for a lot of maintenance. This is not a Toyota but rather an expensive luxury car that requires a lot of attention preventative / maintenance.

Not what you want to hear I am sure,.. but I would be buying a more dependable / practical form of transportation for my daughter. One that is easily serviceable with easy to find parts and less chance of leaving your daughter stranded.

I know I know I know,, the Jag lovers on this board will howl... but if the truth is admitted ,...you need to be a hobbyist mechanic or know and trust someone who is. even then a lot of ongoing attention will be required .

Best of luck with it.
 

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David, Is this different from the owner's maintenance manual?
This book is essentially the workshop manual. Owners got an Owners Handbook that contained almost no information on maintenance except for basic stuff like checking the oil, coolant and tyres. The green book suggested by davidboger is the best thing you'll ever buy if you're going to do DIY on this car. Other thing to try and find is the Parts Manual.This has all the exploded diagrams for the parts and, again, is a mine of information
 
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Assuming the windscreen is broken or cracked, I'd look at shipping the glass, I also come from an area that doesn't have much for my old Daimler, sans a few Jaguars stripping for spares now and then. I sort of agree with Alyn here, not to say that it can't be done though, owning one of these as a student etc can pose an interesting challenge, one of which I certainly enjoy... So best wishes, we're all here to help.
 
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Do you need glass or just the seal. Victoria British is near you. Long's British parts ( same as Victoria ). Seals can be had at SNG, XKs, Welsch Ent. Sometime a removal and reseal goes a long way. While glass is out fix rust. This is normal front and rear.
 
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Erin,

I got an old used XJ6 for my first car in Arkansas City, Kansas in 2007 which later developed a weepy windshield so I can definitely sympathize.

And last year vandals smashed out my rear windshield.

As has been mentioned, I followed the same procedure both times: order new glass from either an online retailer or David Boger at everydayxj, order replacement rubber seal and replace.

Owning this as a first car as a student was a rewarding experience but I have a working interest in learning about at least maintenance and the more accessible repairs - when they are in their great to tip top shape they are just as if not more reliable than many cars but allowing small problems to go unresolved often results in cascading problems (and costs).

As an older somewhat more sensitive car than some, the driver needs to know how to listen for and detect potential problems and be pro-active rather than unthinkingly relying on it without performing regular maintenance.

Also, check for any small rusted spots when the glass is out - those might be the true source of the leak.
 
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Hello, I am neither a car mechanic or hobbyist. I bought the car on a good price for my daughter's first car. Rain leaks in above the windshield on the driver's side. There is rust there. I took it to our local body shop guy and he doesn't even know where to get parts. I am in a rural location and the shop sees mostly american made cars. I have found the trim and gasket seals. I would like to have the body shop repair all the rust around the front windshield but where do I get the glass to go for the windshield. Sorry if this is a basic question. Thanks, Erin in KS
Try X-Seal Acrylic-120 - Seek-n-Seal Acrylic C120 by X-Seal
 
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Originally Posted by Jagfixer View Post
Do you need glass or just the seal. Victoria British is near you. Long's British parts ( same as Victoria ). Seals can be had at SNG, XKs, Welsch Ent. Sometime a removal and reseal goes a long way. While glass is out fix rust. This is normal front and rear.
Try X-Seal
 
 
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