The X300 was the first serious model development in collaboration with Ford and the cars benefited in quality terms as a result. Problems do exist, however, especially with the X308 models which followed in 1997. Though they are excellent value today, it is still important to buy the right car if expensive problems are to be avoided.
This handy book will help you decide which car to consider, and having chosen your model it will help pick a sound car from amongst those you locate and inspect. High mileage need not be a deterrent, but you need to avoid neglected cars and know exactly what to look for. Giving you have the insight and expertise to select the best example within your budget, the book has a dedicated evaluation section in which each aspect of the vehicles is given an objective numerical score reflecting the car's condition. The points are added up to give an overall score supporting a decision to buy or leave. There is no safer way to avoid buying a bad car short of paying for a professional evaluation. In helping you choose the right car this book will surely pay for itself.
This is Peter's sixth Jaguar book, covering what are, in many ways, his favourite models, which he has driven extensively. He has owned two X300 cars - a 1995 XJ6 3.2 and 1994 4.0L Daimler Six. In many ways the X300 was the last Jaguar range which home mechanics like Peter can easily service, and he has taken family and friends across Europe in fine style in them. Trained to IAM standard for both cars and motorcycles, he was a contributor and cartoonist for British Bike Mechanics/British Bike Magazine, and rides a Triumph motorcycle all year round.
Introduction & Foreword Contents 1. Is an X300 or X308 right for you? 2. Cost considerations 3. Living with an X300/X308 4. Relative values 5. Before you view 6. Inspection equipment 7. Fifteen minute evaluation 8. Key points 9. Serious evaluation 10. Auctions 11. Paperwork 12. What's it worth? 13. Do you really want to restore? 14. Paint problems 15. Lack of use problems 16. The X300/X308 community 17. Vital statistics Index