1997 Jaguar XK8 V8

Summary:

This car is timeless

Faults:

When I purchased my XK8, the previous owner had replaced the tensioners prior to my purchase, so I thought everything was OK, but what I didn't know is that the transmission was faulty on the 1997 XK8, and the hub in the transmission would become brittle and break. The good news is a friend of mine owns a repair shop, so it only cost me 1200.00 to repair the transmission, and he installed the new upgraded hub. 10 years later, the car drives and looks like a dream.

The only other problem was the front end bushings went bad, but that was a very low cost (200.00).

So for 10 years of driving and 1400.00 in repair costs, besides oil changes and brakes, I would say not bad Jaguar.

General Comments:

The beauty of owning a 1997 black Jaguar coupe is most people think it's a late model car, and it's as rare as a black pearl.

The lines and styling of this vehicle are timeless; people still walk up to me and say I love your Jag. I have to race my wife to the car keys, because she loves the looks, and the great gas mileage. The interior is well crafted.

When you see a modern day 2012 Aston or Jag, you see the legacy of the 1997 XK8.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2012

1997 Jaguar XK8 4.0

Summary:

Fun, stylish and worth owning

Faults:

The tail lights have a problem where the harness attaches to the light assembly, and trying to find a new harness end is next to impossible.

The stereo system sounds like the rear speakers are blown, and of course they are not easy to get to, so I have to wait until I have time to remove the rear seat and side panels to fix that as well.

Some of the plastic interior trim pieces are cracked or broken, especially in the seats like the covers at the lower seat where it's hinged, and the trim where the lever is to disengage the seat to access the back, and once again the parts are next to impossible to find.

General Comments:

Now that the bad is out of the way, the upside is that this car handles great, and when you put the tranny in Sports mode, this car flies. It is quick and responsive, and of course is rolling art.

For the original sticker price of 73K, they could have used better parts on it, or at least made them easy to obtain, but it seems that every higher end car I've owned had its fair share of quirks, with the exception of my Infinity Q45 T, which was the perfect car, and I never had to spend a dime on, but falls short in the fun department, whereas the Jag rates a solid 8 for joy of driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2012

1999 Jaguar XK8 Convertible 4.0L

Summary:

I love it, but am tired of these mechanical problems

Faults:

Bad relay for oxygen sensor.

I've had to replace the battery every 2 to 3 years.

I had to replace the alternator and battery.

General Comments:

I have been told by a mechanic that the battery problem is caused by a crimp in the hood frame seals at the top of the windows.

A second mechanic said once the engine is turned off, there is no drain on the battery from the windows not reaching the top of the seal.

I wonder if anyone else has ever had this problem?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th March, 2011

1999 Jaguar XK8 V8

Summary:

People will envy you

Faults:

Battery problems being that no other battery fits except an interstate.

Restricted performance costs a whole lot to fix. It means the car is in safe mode and horsepower and speed are hindered.

Very small in the cab.

Anything you need for the car will leave a huge hole in your pocket. If you want it done right.

General Comments:

Great chick magnet.

Amazingly smooth ride. Fast and a lot of power.

Great sound system and safety.

Overall I love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2009

26th Jan 2011, 19:25

Motorcraft BXT 49 battery fits the '99 XK8 convertible. It has 850 cold cranking amps and has a 36 month warranty.

21st Nov 2011, 22:53

The only way to economically own a car like this, or most German or Italian marques, is to work on them yourself.