1998 Jaguar XJR V8 Supercharged from UK and Ireland
Number 8 piston keeps bashing the electrode on the spark plug, causing it to run on 7, probably crank wear.
Smokes like a chimney on start-up and whilst running.
Air filter box is filling with oil, probably worn bores causing back pressure.
Windscreen wiper parks where it wants to and sets off by itself.
Steering judders and the car has new brakes all round, and has had all bushes checked and steering tracked and wheels balanced.
I have wanted a quick 8 potter for ages and thought that the Jag V8 supercharged would be the one. After having the S-type, I enjoyed the traditional English character and thought of staying with the manufacturer. I am used to running around in run of the mill stuff, for example I had a 180,000 mile 1043cc VW polo and thought now's the time to treat myself, but I wish I hadn't.
The XJR has a full service history up to the last minute, so what the heck is it doing giving me all this grief in so little miles?
My 21 year old 1.0 litre VW Polo was a better workhorse and I treated it like a dog. All I can say is that I am very disappointed and this car has cleaned me out without giving me any fun..
You don't expect to buy a prestigious marque of this calibre and have these types of problems at such a low and well maintained mileage. Beware.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th February, 2006
Geez! Do you burn the tires off at amy given opportunity or what?
Seems like problems that would be attributed to hard wear.
Sounds like Nikasil issues, new engine time!!!
I have a 98 xjr with all the typical Nikasil signs: rough starting, smoke on start up, oil in air intake. It still runs well. We'll see how it plays out; probably not well. I wish I had known about this when I bought the car. The cost of an engine replacement is equal to what I paid for the car. That being said, I still love Jaguar. It's just a shame that they used Nikasil lining. 15 pounds lighter = short life span. Not a good equation.