1998 Jaguar XJR 4.0 supercharged from South Africa

Summary:

Classic Q car for the classic individual

Faults:

General wear and tear so far, nothing serious, and I have its full service history from new, as I knew the previous owner, and how they'd had the car from new.

The biggest issue so far has been the head lining, which came down about a year or so ago, and has started to come down again. The dealer is outsourcing the fixing of it as they did so last year, and it's still covered by that warranty, so I'm fine with that.

General Comments:

Fuel is a big cost compared to today's light consumption cars, but the smile it puts on my face every day is priceless.

I have the usual worries about the year regarding the known problems with the car, but we have low sulphur fuel now so I don't stress about the wear on the inside of the engine due to the linings.

I do worry about the tensioner, so I'm considering changing that to the later version, but... right now I am just replacing all the main bushes, shocks and brake discs to get the drive back to the best it can be for its year.

My kids love the car as it is very different to all the other cars I have owned, which have been S Class Mercs (2), SLKs (2), BMW 5 Series (4), Porsches (2) and even a previous 1985 XJ6. The most comfortable cars I have owned have to be the S Classes and a Volvo 850GLT. This is close, but has way more power so the ride has to be tighter; similar but not as hard as the two 540is that I have owned. The other 5s were a 525i and a 523i; both with a much softer ride than the 540s.

For its year it is still low Kilos, so I hope to keep the car for quite a while. Next year I will get myself a low consumption car, like a diesel Discovery or similar ;-) for every day use, but that is for next year. Until then, I'll drive like the wind and enjoy every minute.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2014

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.