XJ6 & XJ12 Series I, II & III 1968-1992

Should I buy?

Old 05-05-2008, 08:56 AM
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sounds a bit pricey for a 1980, considering you can buy a 1988 XJ-40 for under $1,000. and I sold a 1985 XJ-6 for $500. not long ago. But if you think it is right, then by all means go for it.
Replacing the radio is not a big deal, but I recommend youorder the Factory Shop ManualCD before you start guessing your way through a dismantle of the radio/air conditioner Panel.

order it here: http://www.lbcarco.com

You will have to carefully widen and square the radio opening in the radio panel to a DIN size opening, after that, it is only matching the factory wiring to the new stereo wiring. Do it carefully.

Good luck.


Old 05-08-2008, 07:49 AM
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well I don't know what to tell you except that, if you have the money, buy BOTH! $500. for a 1987 XJ-S is no pain, so if you have a place to store it, you can slowly fix it or part it out and get your money back. The 1980 could be a Series II XJ, or a Series III XJ. If the gauges and switches havechrome detailing on them, it's a Series 2. If the same partsare completely black, it's a Series 3, though the Series 3 really started in 1980½, but being a Jaguar, anything is possible.

As to the factory Service Manual CD's, I have heard that some eBayers are selling copies which are duds. The question is: can you get a replacement or refund if it turns out to be a dud? Or will the Seller tell you: "it's probablyYOUR computer...sorry but" Compare prices + shipping and check the feedback of the eBay seller when buying anything at eBay.

These cars are known to pass emmission inspections without catalityc converters. (assuming your State has annual emmission inspections). You can remove it, pry it open, clean the garbage in there, re-seal it by welding, pressure test it, re-paint it, and re-install it with new onion seals. You might be amazed.Otherwise, you can also order a European cat-less down pipe and just replaceit forever, or at least here in the USA, keep theempty catalyticfor "looks", it fools everyone.

Uploadsome pictures here after you close the deal.

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