1999 Jaguar XJ8 Sovereign from UK and Ireland - Comments

12th Dec 2005, 16:45

Very very happy after 3 years of ownership. Petrol (23 to 24 mpg) and tyres are as expensive as you would expect. Other than this, everything about the car is better than I expected.

21st Nov 2006, 14:57

I also must agree with the above. I will soon be in the position of treating myself to my first Jag. I sat in an XJ8 in the showroom of our local dealer, and immediately fell in love.

I described it to my wife as 'sex on four wheels'. Hopefully, when I pull into our driveway and take her out in it, she'll understand. Just as hopefully, she won't commandeer it.

7th Mar 2007, 16:48

Just going to buy xj8 sovereign. driving now xj6, so hope it will be big step upwards. About insurance, I'm 24 years and will have it fully comp + breakdown for around £600, in august when I turn 25 almost half price. Check some classic car insurers if you're not doin high yearly mileage.

1st Nov 2008, 17:58

I just bought a used '99 Jag XJ8, and it is amazing. So far I've had no issues with it (replaced block heater cord, no big deal, previous owner let it drag on the ground) I'm hoping that it lasts a while, I hear that maintenance is key to keeping your jag running smoothly.

Insurance in Canada is fairly cheap, probably due to it being a 4 door, but at a 19 year old male driver, I'm paying 1450 a year, which really isn't anything to complain about.

This car looks absolutely stunning. I turn around and stare at it every time I get out. Enjoy.

24th Oct 2010, 10:24

I bought my 1999 XJR 4.0 long wheelbase 6 months ago, and yes it is thirsty, but I am converting it to run on LP Gas. After that, I should have a luxury car that costs no more than a Mondeo to run.

I've avoided the main dealers for service work, due to what I consider to be ripoff rates - not unusual for any make of car main dealers.

I've recently had the cam chains go, and getting it fixed has been expensive, but half the price of a main dealer.

Frankly, the car is a luxury, BUT you get an awful lot of car for the money. Parts have been surprisingly cheap. You can pick a Jag up for a few K - depending on mileage. In the UK, Jag's are regarded as an old man's car, but elsewhere in the world it is a prestige car.

I've been amazed at the handling for the size of the car, and feel totally safe when cornering and in bad weather. Everyone wants to ride in it. I'm just hoping that the car is as reliable as long term owners say. Watch this space.

One final point - the forums are the most helpful resource, as most owners become fanatics, and are happy to help out if you have a problem.

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