I am in the process of buying a 1999 Jaguar XJ8 with 50,257 miles. As far as I can determine the car has been impeccably maintained. The dealer who is selling it says that he has contacted the two Jaguar dealerships who serviced the car, and he was told that it has been very well cared for. He told me this morning that he found a coolant leak and has replaced the water pump in advance of shipping the car. This is where my dilemma begins.
First of all, the car is out of state, so I cannot inspect it personally. The dealer has an impeccable reputation, however. The dealer photographed the car profusely for his ad, and everything looks great, at least cosmetically. Coworkers I mentioned the coolant problem to said that I should be very concerned about future engine damage from coolant in the oil system as a result of the failure of the water pump. One even advised me to pass on the purchase. Should I be worried enough to pass on this apparent jewel?
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 AT 6:55 PM