1998 Jaguar XJR V8 supercharged from Sweden

Summary:

A mad wolf in sweet disguise!

Faults:

One small hose between the radiator and engine.

General Comments:

It's a super car! After I bought the XJR, no other cars are interesting.

Super quick, yet very quiet. The engine seems never be working hard, it just whispers and throws this big car forward!

Classic lovely design, both in and outside, comfortable seats, cosy wooden interior. Hear compliments every day regarding its design.

Corners like a sports car, but also a good cruiser.

Fair fuel consumption compared to performance, low insurance rate, and nice price on service parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2011

17th Apr 2014, 07:48

I have a beautiful 98 XJR in Carnival red and absolutely LOVE the car. Had it since new. Sporty, fast, and what a looker with 20" limited rims. It hasn't seen winter in 4 years and she is pampered.

Great car for long distance, always comfortable. It can be fast, sporty and a floating luxury at the same time, and really turns heads. If there was a 2 door manual I would have one for sure. Handled very well with snow tires, the J shifter was good in snow and is fun to use overall.

No major problems, except an extended warranty came in handy for a planetary gear. Regular wear and tear parts lasted years longer than some other domestics and imports. Can't wait to roll her out for spring next week.

1998 Jaguar XJR Base 4.0L Supercharged AJ26S from North America

Summary:

It is my favorite car ever - I plan to keep it always

Faults:

Trunk lamps not working.

Driver's seat leather cracked, and other minor interior issues.

General Comments:

Basic service is relatively easy for the DIY er, I think because much of the car was done by hand. The engine compartment is well done. The Jaguar AJ26S V8 has some issues, but once understood and with regular maintenance, it's a gem.

Elegant interior - superbly done leather - I admire the stitching on the dash ever day. Mine has the "black" wood - not as pretty as the walnut, but nice nonetheless. Carpets are gorgeous and wear like iron. Mine also has the wonderful Harman-Kardon premium sound with subwoofer.

Rides and handles very well, although small sharp bumps "slam" a bit - very strong acceleration, the transmission is amazingly competent, and the interior is comfortable for even the longest trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2011

23rd Jan 2013, 10:31

I still have this car; replaced lower passenger side ball joint, passenger side front wheel bearing, battery, and fixed a very loose (and melting!) battery to starter and alternator connection on the passenger side bulkhead under the hood, which was affecting starting and battery charging. My electrical problems are gone, and it started easily this morning at 5F (-15C).

Now it needs a wiper motor, but it's still a keeper at 122,000 miles.

1998 Jaguar XJR 4.0L Supercharged from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Power, luxury and handling

Faults:

Had a fair few suspension problems at 60,000 km- had to replaced the wheel bearings and various suspension bushes.

Radiator hose off the thermostat split, at the same time also found two other lower hoses were in need of replacement.

Tyres seem to last only 20,000 km. Trying an alternate brand.

General Comments:

This car has the best Jaguar interior to date- a superb flowing dashboard in maple walnut, fitting in well with the central instrument console. Leather seats and carpets have stood up to the wear well and still look like new when treated. Analogue dials for rev counter and speedo suit the ambiance.

All the electrics work well- minimal extra "gadgets", but all the expected gear- climate control, CD stacker, quality sound system.

A seriously quick car- recently managed a 13.9 second / 105 mph quarter mile. The handling is excellent- good enough to take on most other cars on the winding roads of New Zealand. Wide tyres give plenty of grip, and the traction control intervenes well to prevent the rear swinging out if you are taking the corner too fast.

Only complaint is that the boot is cosy- can be forgiven given the looks of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2007

11th Jul 2007, 07:12

Note that you have owned the car since '04. Would love to know how much avg servicing costs have been. Maintenance aside, there is no doubt that these Jags represent value buying at the moment.