in a Book
This book contains things that a Jaguar XJ-S owner should
know, but doesn't know who to ask. In general, it will be
most helpful for those who do their own maintenance,
although those who don't can still benefit from it. Owners
of other model Jaguars may also benefit, as much of the cars
Written by an XJ-S owner, this book is a unique type of
automotive resource providing the type of how-to information
not found in either owner's manuals or shop manuals. The
information provided includes maintenance tips, suggested
modifications, and sources for parts. The book is not
intended to replace a repair manual, but rather to
Note that this is not a small pamphlet; currently, the
book is more than 360 pages when printed with a 10-point
proportionally-spaced font, and includes quite a few
illustrations and schematics. It grows constantly, as more
information becomes available.
For information on downloading the original Microsoft
Word file that these web are based upon, or to get a printed
copy of this document, please refer to Kirby
Palm's Jaguar Resource web page.
This book is corrected and updated constantly. If you
have learned something about your Jag that the rest of us
should know, please write, call or send a message to:
3 Wanda's Way
Havana, FL 32333
+1 (850) 539-7775
If you have a question I may be able to help with, you
are welcome to call me at the above number. Please don't
call before noon on weekends or holidays.
Those who get the book are welcome to copy or print it
for their friends and fellow Jag owners. I only request that
changes, comments, corrections, additions and updates be
sent to me so we can all benefit.
This book updated: August 19, 1998.
Since this book is updated continually, an owner who
already has a copy may benefit from ordering
a new one occasionally.
I live in the US. This book has been distributed
worldwide, and upon rereading and editing I constantly
notice comments I have made that have a distinctly US bias,
like how such-and-such part can be found at the local
Wal-Mart. I have made the decision that I will leave the
book this way, rather than trying to qualify each of these
instances for all the people in various parts of the globe.
Those in other countries will know better than I how the
advice given will apply in their area.
Please note that I have made the decision not to
cover the six-cylinder AJ6 engine in this book in any detail
(there are a few minor exceptions). Since it is the same
engine that is in the XJ40, it shouldn't be too much trouble
to find information on this engine elsewhere. The parts of
this book covering non-engine items should still be of some
value to owners of AJ6-powered XJ-S's.
I also make no effort to cover features unique to the
XJ12. Owners of such cars would probably be well advised to
acquire both this book and Jim Isbell's book on the XJ6 (see
last page of this book) and use the parts of each that
apply. There will still be some shortcomings -- neither will
properly cover the carburetor setup on the early XJ12, for
example -- but the owner is still likely to benefit greatly
from both books.
One final note: I only charge a small fee for printed or
diskette copies of this booklet to cover costs of copying
and postage; those who download it from the Internet get it
for free, as do people who obtain copies from others or from
their clubs. However, all this doesn't mean that I am
adverse to donations! If you feel the book has been of some
help, you are more than welcome to send whatever you feel is
appropriate. It's been suggested that each reader send one
half of what he saves on his first repair, but that might be
asking too much -- I expect I'd be a rich man very soon!
If you send a donation that happens to be the same as the
cost of a printed copy, please clarify that you don't
want me to mail you one!