1999 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 from North America
Awesome, buying another new as soon as my Audi's lease expires next month
Drivers Side Window Motor
Faulty Sunroof Switch
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...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th February, 2005
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...