2001 Jaguar XJ8 Reviews

2001 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Such a beauty and treat to drive, that it almost should remain a hidden treasure

Faults:

Replaced the water pump about 1 month after I bought it.

Looks like I need to replace the O2 sensor as well.

General Comments:

I'm cheap when it comes to cars. Thus, my 2001 Jaguar XJ8 was my first car that I bought that was manufactured after the Reagan administration.

I'm glad it was my first! What a treat this car is. I was considering buying a Chevy Impala; but when I saw I could buy a Jaguar for the same price, and with lesser miles, why not? I'm glad I did. It is such a treat to drive.

Performance is great, and you'd be surprised at the good gas mileage you get -- especially on the interstates. I admit that it is not the best car to be driving in heavy snowfall; but any rear wheel driven car is not a good car to drive in heavy snow.

I would not hesitate to buy another good, used Jaguar. You can get them for about the same price as a used domestic vehicle; so why not upgrade and turn heads when you drive down the streets. There is nothing like driving a Jaguar with the sunroof open on Lakeshore Drive on a nice, sunny day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2011

2001 Jaguar XJ8 3.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.2 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

This car is a palace on wheels

Faults:

Nothing!

General Comments:

I have been a XJ8 fan since testing one about 5 years ago as a replacement for my aging BMW525 (which itself was a fantastic car). I always assumed my subsequent car would also be a BMW, but I just can't like the current range of BMW's as much as I try.

I live in Moscow, Russia and had been without a car for 4 years until October last year when scanning the UK Internet for a car I happened upon a real eye-opener, a beautiful met green 2001 XJ8, full Jaguar dealer history and 1 owner car. At GBP 5,750 it was a bargain! I collected the car in November in the UK, took it to the local (UK) Jag dealer who were great, and they gave the car a quick once over for the price of the mud-flaps I had fitted, and they confirmed that all was in order, so I set off with 2 other passengers and 60kgs of baggage to Moscow.

All I can say is that this is the first car where I haven't felt sick reading in the back. We traveled 4 days in wonderful comfort and not a single problem - we got to Germany from London with a single tank of petrol, so no complaints on fuel economy either.

Since this time, the car has endured a full Russian winter including temperatures of -20 and she starts every time, first time. The roads here a simply awful, but the car just rides over it all. She looks fantastic and feels like a mini Blenheim Palace. I feel like I've got home whenever I get in.

This, even though it's the previous model, is a truly wonderful car to own, sheer pleasure. Thanks Jaguar.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2009

1st May 2009, 11:43

As a long-time Jaguar owner, I was delighted to hear of your happy experience with your XJ. I have a similar car to yours and love it to death. It has never let me down, and although it's not new, I still have people come up to me to tell me how much they love it. It's a beautiful car and a tribute to the long-gone and much-lamented Sir William Lyons, whose input in the magnificent XJ6 in 1968 is still visible in some many of Jaguar's later saloons.

2001 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carBMW Z3 Roadster

Summary:

This car is a great mix of sport and luxury

Faults:

The only failure this Jag has had is the head rest servo motor. It was replaced because it was sending a constant lower signal and drove the battery power down.

General Comments:

This jag is very comfortable. Considering it is a full size 4 door it handles very well. It is a bit quicker than my Z3 in a 0 to 60 sprint. But a 60 -?? it blows the Z off the road. The variable cam makes the car spirited without being difficult in town driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2007

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews