2003 Jaguar XJ8 Reviews from North America

2003 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 V8

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W123

Summary:

Beautiful car, and a great buy

Faults:

Nothing really. The rear door was sticky, and would not unlock sometimes - quite an easy fix - just take the door cover, and clean and lube. It's all about preventive maintenance - I did a transmission service, replaced the thermostat housing with an aluminium one, did an oil change and coolant flush, change the belt, and it is good to go.

General Comments:

The car is beautiful to look at, and is plenty fast. Being a regular XJ (not the R), it is very quiet and soft, which I like. Some of the trim pieces are of questionable quality, although nothing had fallen off. It looks like nothing else on the road, and it makes you feel special. Nothing beats it for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2011

2003 Jaguar XJ8 Sovereign V8

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carInfiniti G20

Summary:

I fall in love again every time I walk up to the car

Faults:

The automatic steering wheel adjustment started making a funny sound. The dealer disconnected it and I don't really miss it. I may get it fixed before my extended warranty ends, it will only be $200 vs. $700.

If the gas cap is not properly replaced the engine light will come on. This seems to be fairly common since my service guy knew exactly what to do to rectify the light coming on.

A screw covering came off behind the driver door handle, but that is not momentous.

Currently there is some vibration in the steering wheel that I need to have addressed.

General Comments:

The 2003 is what I consider to be the last real year for the XJ8. Those later models are just too Ford-y for me. I bought the car on E-bay which always surprises people. I got a great deal and I love the car. It is exactly what I expected. Gas mileage is not great, but that is not a surprise.

"Big Kitty" is at her best on the highway. She just glides along effortlessly.

I had lusted after a Jaguar sedan since childhood. I considered the X and the S, but they would not have sufficed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2007

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews