1998 Jaguar XJ8 from North America
Classic looks, low maintenance costs
Front suspension bushings replaced three times; determined to be design defect and was cured after third time.
Driver's seat setting memory is faulty; doesn't return to set position.
Too much travel on brake pedal.
Car is driven only a few thousand miles a year. Wife, who is 5'3" loves the car due to comfort, ride and looks, and claims she will never get rid of it. I find it too cramped, hard to get in and out of (I'm 6'3"), and that it has poor trunk space, but once I'm in it and have finally got the seat set correctly, I like the smooth ride. It's a great long trip cruiser. But compared to my BMW I find it sluggish (even with the 290 hp V8) and spongy in turns. The interior is plush and the exterior looks are classic.
Another poor characteristic is the terrible resale value. The blue book as of 11/05 is only $11,800! The car is worth much more to us to keep than to sell since the replacement cost is so high (north of $60K?) for a car which still looks and feels like new.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th November, 2005