My 1989 Jaguar XJS V-12 Finally Lives Up To Its Reputation!

by Anura Guruge



Whenever people hear that I have two Jags, a XJ8 (2002) and a XJS, they start asking questions about how often they break down, how much time they spend ‘at the shop‘ and the ‘small fortune‘ that it must cost to keep them running.

Until yesterday, Sunday, September 25, 2016, I had been REMARKABLY lucky. Neither Jag had left me stranded on the side of the road. Yes, this Summer the Xj8 refused to start in the garage. It needed a new battery. Over the winter the alternator belt on the XJS broke but it did not stop on the roadside.

But on Sunday, the XJS lived up to its unfortunate reputation. I had had a nagging hunch that it was not 100% right for a month or so. When we took it to the ‘Gilford Old Home day’, on what was a particularly hot day, it had acted up a bit and had been hard to start. But other than that it was driving beautifully. It is a joy to drive and I have never driven it with the top up. It is my topless car. But on Sunday it just died. Driving along on a back road. Doing 40-45 mph. Going along perfect … and then JUST dies. No stalling etc. Just dies.

Had to have it trailered to “B-Boys” in Barnstead. Wasn’t too bad. We have ‘AAA Premier’. So towing is covered. However, had to wait 90 minutes for the truck but it could have been worse. Thank YOU, “Doug’s Towing” out of Rochester, New Hampshire and CRAIG. Craig was excellent.

Don’t know what is wrong. Maybe fuel pump. That would be easy. Could be worse. I will let you know.


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by Anura Guruge