Buying a Used Jag XJ8 VDP

Tiny
MORRISONJAG
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  • 2000 JAGUAR VANDEN PLAS
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 136,000 MILES
I am purchasing a 2000 XJ8 VDP model. It has had two previous owners. First one kept it until 132,000 miles. Second one has had it and decided to sell. I have driven the car and looked it over closely.I am not a mechanic. It seems perfect. Everything works as new, even looks new. The owner said the only problem in the past 2 years was an alternator which they replaced. He states that he has changed the oil every 3300 miles, just as the original owner did. I called the local Jag store and talked to a service manager that said they will look the car over for me for $125 performing a 60-point check to ensure nothing is wrong with it. Is this worth the money? Also, what types of maintenance items should I immediately start looking at replacing. Suspension is tight, brakes seem perfect (a little squeel at slow stop), transmission shifts perfectly, and seems to run at the right temperatures. How can I know if there has ever been overheating issues since that seems to be most people's issues with the older 4.0 V8 Jaguars? Almost forgot my most important question. Is there an aftermarket warranty company you recommend. I have talked to three that will provide coverage up to 236,000 miles. One of the three is A- on BBB. I have just so many terrible stories about aftermarket warranty companies. Thanks for the advice.
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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 AT 8:41 AM

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Have the inspection !
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