1999 Jaguar Vanden Plas X308 V8 from North America
RE: Flooding conditions and cylinder wall cracking issues. I had this problem 3 times and learned a "Pre-notice" Bulletin was being issued 1/20/03. VandenPlas engine had gone to a titanium lined cylinder for weight reduction. The metal proved too rigid and would not expand and contract at proper metallurgical rates and resulted in microscopic cracks that caused flooding and other downstream conditions. Replacing plugs and adjusting compression was the fix. Jaguar approved engine replacement in spring 2003, N/C.
Once my new engine installed 3/03 at 46,000 miles, have had no problems of that nature.
I love the car, have 124,000 miles and still get 23mpg on long trips! Will retire soon and probably sell it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th October, 2009