1998 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 liter V8 from North America
We are very disappointed! The V-8s should be recalled and refitted with a 6. Is there a conversion?
The "timing advance" mechanism went out almost immediately. We used a local independent Jaguar garage and it cost $5,200.
Within 30 days, the timing chain cover began leaking, we then took it to a different garage; cost to repair: about $1,000.
Within 30 days thereafter, the car simply stopped running. There was no knocking, no excessive oil consumption, no warning. It started up one morning, then quit, and has no compression!
It has now been out of service for another 30 days, with mechanics scratching their heads over the problem.
When we 1st purchased the car, our local Jaguar dealer supplied various maintenance and repair services (minor), was excellent and very easy to work with, but has the reputation for being very expensive. However, our next step (last resort) now is having the car towed to them for their opinion as to the problem.
This car is an extreme pleasure to drive, and an extreme pain to own! My wife purchased this car to use in her real estate practice, and only drives about 12,000 miles per year. However, she's gotten nowhere near that far in this one, and has had to revert to our smaller Chrysler for business (this after having sold her large Chrysler).
Her cars are pampered, and generally remain trouble free. This V-8 Jaguar, however, has been trouble with a capital "T".
We have owned several other Jaguars over the years (usually as a 2nd car), and, with the exception of the old Lucas electrics blackouts, have been reliable, enjoyable, and the (6 cylinder) engines seemed to run effortlessly forever!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 10th August, 2003
I have a friend who just traded her XJ8 for a new Rolls, She wanted rid of the car before the warranty ran out even though it only had 8,000m on it. Jaguars have always been problematic and will always be problematic. These cars are built to be toys, not dependable daily drivers. I honestly would think you are lucky to have had several and to just now be having trouble with one. I have had several over the years and have tried using them as daily drivers myself untill I learned better. I now fully rely on Mercedes, and use Jaguars & Rolls Royce as weekend cars.
You do not have to be wealthy to buy a Jag, but you need to be to keep it on the road. Jaguars are wonderful as long as you have the money, but if you really cannot afford it and get stuck with one - I feel sorry for you.