1999 Jaguar XJ8 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1999 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz S-Class

Summary:

Awesome, buying another new as soon as my Audi's lease expires next month

Faults:

Drivers Side Window Motor

Faulty Sunroof Switch

Headliner Issue.

General Comments:

The vehicle is as stable and smooth as my former 560SEL. The acceleration is powerful and the car just feels solid. It is more comfortable than my Mercedes, the seating firm and not so much like a living room sofa.

The issues that I've had are unbelievably minor. I've own a variety of luxury imports from the Ferrari 308 and 348, a classic 911, 3 S Class Mercedes and 2 Audi's. They all have the same thing in common... steady service. You pay to have your baby pampered. Don't pay and she'll start to stink and fall apart on you.

A Jaguar is no different. Pay attention to the service bulletins and recalls. Make the dealer accept the recall repairs. Service the car according to specs at the DEALER not "Joe The Budget Jag Man" and stay away from Jiffy Lube and you should be just fine. If you get stuck with a car that hasn't been serviced properly, dump it. Sell it before it buys you.

Be smart! Don't fall in love with the idea of owning the car. Fall in love with the fact that it is a good car. Pull a Car-Fax, investigate the ownership AND the servicing of the vehicle. If it isn't documented, assume it has not been done.

Remember, these are 60k to 80k cars brand new. They are not junk when they roll off the lot. With rare exception, The majority of problems revolve around procrastination and an owner who really doesn't care if it falls apart. After all we usually "refresh" after 20k to 30k anyway.

My XJ8 was purchased as a secondary vehicle. We have put a good 5k miles on her and the majority have been highway miles. No major issues, just a couple of little relays and glue...

Good luck!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2005

28th May 2006, 02:15

What a great summary of the most sound advice!

If you have not already spent your hard-earned cash on a Jag, take every word of the advice above! Good looks can fool you, too. Documented history and service is mandatory.

You see two kinds of owners of these cars: happy and unhappy. Happy ones are those that care for the car; unhappy are those that don't bother (or the previous owner didn't - there are many who can afford not caring for their car and dump it early.)

Taking care of a Jaguar requires you are involved in the pampering, too. Obviously according to your skills, though everyone of us can always follow-up and demand for the best service. Sometimes it is a head ache to find someone to trust your car to. Very often it is not the big dealership, but one person you will learn to know and trust. Take care of the rust protection from new - only then it will pay back.

I have had four very reliable Jaguars since 1992 (XJs and an XJS). Three of them were daily drivers, also through harsh winter conditions. The only bigger fault was a burned head gasket at 100,000 miles (1991 Sovereign). That is all!

Just swapped my perfect 2000 XJ8 for a 1998 XJR - my appetite just grows and grows...

1999 Jaguar XJ8 Sovereign 4.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired37500 miles
Most recent distance39500 miles
Previous carVauxhall Omega

Summary:

This is a luxury limousine that makes you feel special

Faults:

Electronic boot lock failed just after I bought it: fixed in about 15 minutes minutes under warranty.

Instrument panel bulb failed: fixed in less than an hour under warranty.

General Comments:

This is the car I've always promised myself and I haven't been disappointed so far. Apart from being (to my eye) just the most beautiful big saloon produced in recent years, it is more than adequately fast, extremely comfortable and just a pleasure to drive - the huge bonnet makes placing it on the road a doddle and the reversing aid (vital - but you should be able to haggle the dealer into fitting it if it's not already there) makes parking this car simple even though it's nearly 17 feet long.

This isn't a car that's built for chucking round corners: it'll do it if you insist, but it won't be a pleasurable experience for either of you. If you want to do that, try the XJR. The Sovereign is the quintessential stately limousine of the XJ8 stable.

The wood and leather interior is either ridiculously old-fashioned or classic depending on your viewpoint -personally I think it gives a charm and style to which BMW/Audi/Mercedes just can't aspire.

Important warning - if you want to carry adult passengers in the back, make sure you go for the long wheelbase version (which means either the Sovereign or the even more luxurious Daimler - sold as Vanden Plas in the US, I believe). I tried both and it's truly amazing what difference the extra 5" makes to the rear accommodation. The standard short wheelbase is just too cramped for this class of car.

The long wheelbase unfortunately does nothing to improve the boot space, which is barely adequate, especially if a full-sized spare wheel is fitted.

Don't expect to run this thing on a shoe-string. I get about 21 mpg on mixed town country and motorway driving: but what do you expect with 290 bhp propelling the best part of two tons of car at speed? And expect to pay £160 apiece for tyres. But servicing costs are surprisingly modest if you avoid main dealers. There are plenty of good independent Jaguar specialists - my local one, where I bought the car, quotes around £200 for the annual/10,000 mile service). I've bought an extended warranty to protect me from horrendous bills for major repairs (about £1,000 for three years/unlimited mileage). I was also surprised at how reasonable the insurance was (esure quoted me £550 with full no-claims - I'm a 46-year old accountant in the South-East of England). So running costs are not cheap, but they're not silly either.

This is the sort of car that you test-drive and instantly decide that it's the only car for you. If it doesn't strike you that way, walk away - you're just not a Jaguar man!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2003

23rd Aug 2005, 09:48

I have to agree with the previous review, I promised myself an XJ8 before I was 40 and now I own one can honestly say I'm pleased to bits. Yes tyres are £160 each, 20-24MPG at best, but who cares when your wrapped in such comfort.

I agree that insurance was surprisingly cheap £650 for me, and ebay is awash with spares should you need them.

For £2500 a auto gas conversion seems a good investment too, at 15k miles per year I could recoup that money in 18 months and have an equivalent return of 40 MPG, That's Mondeo money, what would you rather be driving?

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 7 reviews