2001 Jaguar Vanden Plas Reviews from North America

2001 Jaguar Vanden Plas XJ8 4.0

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Timeless beauty, was a pleasure to own, overall

Faults:

The thermostat housing cracked and blew the upper coolant hose off while the car was warming up in my drive way. Not a big deal, really.

Power adjustable steering wheel mechanism broke - apparently it's a relatively easy fix, but I didn't bother.

Driver's interior door handle cable broke. The door handle still worked okay, but I would have fixed it if I were keeping the car.

Power antenna sometimes got stuck halfway down.

Other than that, there was some wear on various suspension/brake parts that needed replacing earlier than in most cars, but this is a heavy car, and suspension parts just don't last that long.

Prior to my ownership, the transmission was rebuilt, the valve cover gaskets were replaced, the secondary timing chain tensioner was replaced. Other significant work was performed, but I cannot remember off-hand what it was.

General Comments:

For the longest time, one of my dream cars had been the X308 Jaguar. Absolutely beautiful and elegant. I loved the way it looked, the way it drove, and the way I felt while behind the wood/leather steering wheel, overlooking that long, sculpted bonnet at the leaper way out in front, guiding the way.

I decided to sell the car to make room for another dream car, but I am considering selling my daily driver BMW and replacing it with another X308, because they're just that good.

The only thing that's not enjoyable about the ownership of these automobiles is the cost of servicing and frequency of maintenance (ball-joints are very expensive!). But, if you get a well sorted one, it shouldn't be too bad. It's also a very interesting alternative to a much later model luxury car for a fraction of the price.

And of course, it seems as though the later the model, the more reliable. I will not consider a 1998-2000. I want my next one to be a 2002-2003.

Complaints:

- Service costs and frequency.

- Didn't smell like the older Jags from the '80s and prior.

- I was always a little nervous (perhaps paranoid) that something was going to go wrong.

- Certain interior touches could have been better (indicator stalks, cup holder contraption, dashboard could have been leather).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2012

2001 Jaguar Vanden Plas 300 HP V8

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 300 HP V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25450 miles
Most recent distance45620 miles
Previous carChrysler LHS

Summary:

Beautiful and powerful

Faults:

Nothing!!!

Preforms flawlessly.

I had the daytime driving lights shut off cause I went through two $65 headlights in one month.

The local Jaguar dealer had to experiment by going into the computer to learn how to disable the lights. Cost me $95 for them to learn, but I prefer them off when not needed.

General Comments:

I bought it from a Jaguar Leasing Dealer in Dallas. It was a Canadian import with several extra options not offered on the US versions.

Extra options:

1. Minstrel Blue color

2. Heated windshield

3. Headlight washers

4. Rear window awning

5. Engine block heater.

6. Daytime driving lights.

The only option that is not on it was the GPS system. It is by far, the most beautiful car I have ever owned, it draws comments and looks every time I take it out. The color gets their attention and draws them to the windows.

I belong to 2 collector car clubs and it still amuses me to see how quickly it draws some of the enthusiasts.

With the 5 speed auto trans, it has gotten 27mpg (without A/C) cruising at 70 mph on long trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2006

2001 Jaguar Vanden Plas XJ 8 4.0 Liter V8

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Liter V8 Automatic
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carLexus ES300

Summary:

I'm in love with this car!

Faults:

The passenger-side seat belt retractor failed.

General Comments:

So far this is the finest car I've ever owned. It is quick and the ride is wonderful with none of that BMW harshness. It corners flat.

However there is some suspension noise on rough roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2005

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews