1998 Jaguar XJ8 Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1998 Jaguar XJ8 XJ 8 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance48275 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado


This vehicle is too expensive for for the product you receive


Premium Sound package has intermittent sound cut out on the drivers door speaker.

Steering and tire vibration resulting in suspension bushings being replaced 3 times and tire replacement.

Front brake and rotor replacement at 38,000 miles.

ABS module went out and was replaced.

Steering pulling and braking unstable resulting in rear suspension wishbone being replaced.

While on the Highway at 55 to 65 MPH the vehicle will sometimes start slowing down and will not accelerate, then goes in to "Limp Home" mode. Dealer can find no problem/computer fault codes.

General Comments:

This vehicle is too expensive for the type mechanical problems experienced.

The dealers service department required me to contact Jaguar headquarters on most occasions to receive proper service response.

The vehicle Steers well and is very comfortable for the front passengers.

The rear seating is cramped for anyone over 5 foot 6 inches tall.

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

Review Date: 27th February, 2003

1998 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carLexus LS400


Jaguar needs a hand from eighties BMW


There were oil leaks.

The engine needed replacing (in a new car?)

General services in between.

General Comments:

Reliability, strength of build, reliability, strength of build, reliability... where are you?

Jaguars are very comfortable, but I wouldn't have another.

They just ain't reliable.

My whole engine had to be changed cause it was too expensive to fix.

Don't buy one unless brand new from a dealer or you have V8s waiting for installation in your garage.

Might get there eventually (I hope they do - Ford: LEAVE them alone!)

Until then, it doesn't matter that they're comfortable and smooth.

Get a Lexus in the meantime (or a BMW or an Audi, forget posh 155mph Chryslers).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th August, 2001

13th Aug 2001, 12:06

I have difficulty to believe that, I have a XJ8, I did 201 000 km with this car and I never had a problem with that.

Just strange...

6th Feb 2003, 07:17

Your engine was replaced because of a bore wear issue due to Nikasil errosion, I presume?

So what, you got a brand new engine free of charge, that's your only gripe and your talking as if the car has let you down on a daily basis.

If it wasn't for Ford, Jaguar would have died a long time ago, or worse, fallen into the hands of GM. We've all seen what a great job they did with Saab and Cadillac.

19th Jun 2003, 09:48

Reviews that simply state, "the engine broke" (or other words to that affect) are not really helpful or valid in this forum. If a review can't even speak to basic questions about a car's mechanical problems or condition (what went wrong with the engine?), the review appears fraudulent and damages the credibility of this Website.

11th Mar 2004, 04:04

My XJ8 stalled yesterday morning as I was doing 70 mph. The car had not warmed up; has 48,000 miles and plenty of oil. Fortunately I was able to glide to the side shoulder, shutdown the lights and the car started right up. Temperature outside at the time was 35F - about 7AM. I love the car otherwise - any thoughts?

20th Dec 2006, 13:18

If you want a great luxury sedan there is no better-- than the XJ8... I have owned 5 Jaguars.. Great autos...

Nothing out there that compairs...


Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 18 reviews