2000 Jaguar XJ8 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2000 Jaguar XJ8 Sedan SWB 4L V8 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carVolvo 960

Summary:

Superb

Faults:

Valve cover gaskets are weeping - a common problem.

Shocks were worn out at 110k miles.

General Comments:

Glorious luxury sports touring car.

At first, felt bigger than my previous Volvo. Now, with new shocks and sway bar links, it feels just right. Appears to be very well built and reliable.

Great value second hand.

If you can do most of the maintenance yourself, then running costs will be comparable to an ordinary car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2007

2000 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJS

Summary:

Everything you could want in a cruiser

Faults:

I have had no real problems with this car.

A side light burned out and was easy to replace.

The antenna motor slipped a cog and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

A great car all around. It gets admiring looks from young and old.

Very quick and fast with reasonable fuel mileage. I get a little over 22 mpg combined city/highway.

Interior is so classy and inviting you just want to go for a drive.

So comfortable it can't be explained.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2006

21st Jan 2008, 18:16

I purchased 2 2000 XJ8's when they were new. One of them has been nothing but wonderful, and the other has basically had everything replaced that could be replaced.

I have to say, the dealership is really the only place this is qualified to work on these cars, they are very temperamental.

Both of these vehicles were built in Great Britain in the same assembly plant. Even the paint on the one that is trouble free hasn't faded in the least, however the one that has been a nightmare mechanically has also needed a paint job last year.

I can't figure out why one vehicle is so trouble free when the other one has literally cost me at least $8000 since it was purchased at the end of 2000. If I hadn't purchased 2 at the same time, and I was only stuck with the troubled auto, I would never purchase a Jaguar again.

So I think I am going to trade in the piece of crap for a new one, and get out from under it.

Good luck everyone.

2000 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJS

Summary:

Superb manners!

Faults:

Major repair recently not covered by warranty. The rear differential had to be replaced @ $2500! Heard this was a common problem? Anyone else?

Local dealership repair quote was significantly higher, plus past experience with them caused me to find a repair shop elsewhere.

Driver side seat belt always t wists and won't retract fully. It has been shut in the door so many times the rubber seal is misshaped.

Despite keeping the interior always clean and well conditioned, the leather is not wearing nearly as well as our old XJS convertible interior. The poor XJS leath er endured many top down disasters. A downpour, a few heavy dew mornings, bird droppings, dust, dirt, etc. Perhaps Jaguar uses a heavier leather in their rag tops?

This car rattles terribly! I've noticed it recently in the hot St. Louis heat. The dash rattles, the door panel, the rear speaker area. I will admit, these rattles have made themselves known shortly after new tires were put on. I really do not like these tires, the ride is now a tad harsh, almost German car-like. I like my British cars to ride like British cars, the new tires might have to go?

General Comments:

Hopefully most consumers realize that Jaguars are not Toyota's/Honda's. They have funny quirks and mean business when a warning light comes on! All, but 2 of my cars have been British. They have each been adventures to say the least!

This is a beautiful riding vehicle, attractive styling true to the original XJ's, it makes me feel like the world's best driver every time I get behind the wheel.

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

Review Date: 3rd August, 2004

4th Feb 2005, 16:05

Hi,

You bring up one point, which I feel is very important, the quality of the leather and interior trim.

The leather in particular seems a lot thinner than in past Jags.

I have looked at a few in AZ, and it seems to take on an almost brittle paper like feel within a few years, God only knows what ot would cost to re trim the seats.

2000 Jaguar XJ8 4 litre 4 litre V8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 litre V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJ6

Summary:

Brilliant improvement

Faults:

Absolutely nothing apart from two replacement stop lamp bulbs.

General Comments:

This car is a 1000% improvement on my previous Daimler Sovereign (XJ6)

In 'sport' mode it is seriously fast, with braking & handling to match.

The engine is totally unobtrusive and uses 1 litre of (very expensive) oil per 10,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2003

21st Dec 2005, 17:40

My husband owns a 1999 s type and we have had to replace soooo much that I wouldn't trust jaguar again. now he has seen a 1996 xk8 and wants to trade it our 70000 mile in for the 107000mile xk8... is he completely mad...

22nd Oct 2006, 11:19

It would be great if your husband browses this website and stumbles upon your comment! You should have married a smarter man! :)

5th May 2007, 19:18

I was going to comment that from what I have researched on the XJ that the Type S is not near the quality that the XJ (2001-2003) seems to have achieved. I noticed that you were talking about an XK rather than the XJ (I haven't researched the XK so I cannot comment on its quality). In any event, if I were him, I would trade you in for an extended warranty... just kidding! :)

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 6 reviews