1998 Jaguar Vanden Plas XJ8 4.0 from North America
Worst car I have EVER owned, out of 54 cars
NEVER, NEVER, buy this model from Jaguar. The company should be ashamed to have manufactured such a terrible product. I have owned 6 Jaguars, and never had any of the same issues as this piece of junk. The previous owner had saved all receipts for the work done at the dealer, which included replacement of timing chain tensioners (always break, and always defective on these models) which ruined the motor at 37,000. Engine rebuilt, now upon my buying the car the tensioners gave way again, replaced with new generation metal. Just last week the engine failed, bent rod.
Will sell this beautiful looking car for $1,000 if I can get it. These things were $70,000 when new, that should say it all. You can baby these cars and still they will fail. Terrible engine design and terribly high repair costs. Stay away from these cars.
Get the 1995-1997 XJ6, they are bullet proof iron horses. They will run forever.
Learn from all the negative press on these XJ8's. Jaguar should be ashamed of themselves.
Never buy this car!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th March, 2011
I have owned my XJ8 Vanden Plas (1998) for a long time. It has been a great car and I would consider the maintenance to be expensive, but not out of line with other cars in its category. Now I have 150,000 miles and the car is running and looks perfect, best paint job ever the Madeira Red is. Love my car still. Sorry your luck was not as good. Robert.
I have a 1998 Vanden Plas and love it. The only thing I have replaced is the power steering pump, and of course plugs and wires. We have 160,000 miles on it now, and it drives like it's new. I was curious to see how fast these cars would go. We were out in Arizona on a test track, and to my surprise got up to 161mph; too fast for me, but the performance was great and the car handled great at that speed.
Sorry to hear of someone having trouble with Jaguar. I have never had trouble with the timing tensioner. I think Jaguar have come a long way. Their new Jags that are coming out now are state of the are cars, especially the F-Type. I'm hoping next year to purchase one.