I heard that the Jaguar XJ6 is unreliable, yet inline-six engines last forever. So why is the Jaguar seen as unreliable?

8 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    Mainly the electrics/electronics.

  • 2 months ago

    Mainly it is just a lazy stereotype, which is leant into by hack comedians who do not have the imagination to think up real jokes.

  • 2 months ago

    Jaguar in those days was owned by Leyland. The XJ6 and XJ12 models were sold from 1968 until 1992.

    Very few changes were made along the way, it still had mostly 1960's engineering up until the end with a few electronic bits tacked on.

    One of the most head-turning eye-popping cars of all time but not really built to last

  • 2 months ago

    It's British! Same problem with Range Rovers.

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  • Snezzy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Lucas. Lucas. Lucas.

  • 2 months ago

    They got a bad reputation because so often it was 'dreamers' and 'wannabes' who purchased them second hand at a much depreciated price in the hope of impressing their friends and appearing successful, but when they found out how much was the cost of properly skilled maintenance and new parts they turned to shonky backyard mechanics and junkyard parts and predictably it often ended in tears.

    Also if you watched any British TV show from back then there always seemed to be some rich toff or gangster or unlikeable character who drove a Jag and was forced into the embarrassment of calling for a tow-truck when it wouldn't start.

  • 2 months ago

    That straight six was (and is) a fine engine, renowned for its quality and longevity. However, it's not the engine which causes problems, but it's issues with the ancillaries, mainly electrics, which let the car down.

  • 2 months ago

    You are talking about a car from another century, there are very few of those cars still running today.

    The XJ6 was built back in the early 1970s when electronic fuel injection was a new-fangled gadget that few cars were fitted with, the early models suffered from electrical problems caused by very basic things like humidity causing relays to stick. A minor electrical problem could easily prevent the car from starting. The cooling systems were designed to work in the moderate British climate but if you took them to a hotter country they struggled to keep up. The XJ6 was difficult to work on, replacing some major components required removing the engine or lifting the car off the chassis. All cars from that era would be considered drastically unreliable by todays standards. Jaguar was a car that looked fantastic and got its owner a lot of admiring glances but after 5 years many of them spent more time in the garage than on the road. Yes the inline-six lasts a very long time, that wont help much if other stuff fails. The XJ6 was horrendously expensive to buy, the equivalent in todays money is about $350K, the only other car in its class was Mercedes which had a very different more conservative boxy look that appealed to a different kind of buyer.

    • fodaddy19
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      "The XJ6 was horrendously expensive to buy, the equivalent in todays money is about $350K," Bullshit

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