1998 Jaguar XJR Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1998 Jaguar XJR 4.0 supercharged from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.0 supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 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)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJ8

Summary:

The XJR is a gentleman's four-wheeled sportsbike

Faults:

Obviously, as most XJR owners have probably figured out, the Pirelli Asymetrico tires have a very short life, and would even if they were on a minivan. So replacing the tires was at best an experiemental proposition until the current set of Michelin Pilot Sports, which look like they will last more than 7,000 miles.

My only "failure" on the car was that the upper radiator hose removed itself when the car had 36,000 miles. It was a strange failure, although easily repaired, because the hose should have never been off unless the dealer had removed it to service the cooling system. I will ask them next time.

And the brakes are highly dusty but I intend to try a set of metal-masters when the current set wears out so we'll see what that accomplishes.

Otherwise, it is a truly awesome vehicle.

General Comments:

The XJR is the 32nd automobile I have owned (and 11 motorcycles) and it is absolutely the overall greatest car I have ever had. No matter the price, there is no other sedan which combines the looks, performance, and luxury of the XJR.

Like one of the other respondents I "ran" it at Los Angeles County Raceway in early 2000. The magazines claim 13.7 at 103 but all I could get was a 14.3 at 96. However, as some of you may know, LACR is about 2,200 feet above sea level and I am sure my actual time could be corrected to around high-13's at about 100 or so. What was interesting was that even with the traction control off I couldn't get the wheels to spin. I have had several on-highway encounters with true sports cars that have been very entertaining. I chased down an F355 that had made the mistake of passing me right before we entered a section of high-speed curves. I reeled him in like a tuna. He was very impressed with the show. A few months later an almost brand new 996 tried to shake me as we exited a freeway interchange clover leaf. I stayed right on his bumper until I decided to shut down so he wouldn't do anything stupid.

The XJR is simply the coolest car around. That being said I guess the new M-5 is probably a better handling car, but certainly is no bigger, but it is so over-priced now that the XJR is much better value. The E-55 is a more correct competitor but you can hardly tell it from an E320. Neither the BMW or the MB are one-third as good looking as the Jaguar. I hope they make a "Silverstone" version of the XJR someday.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2000

1st Jan 2010, 14:20

I've had my big cat for a couple of years now, and occasionally think of having something else, different, and in a similar vein. Comfort, quiet, blistering acceleration and class. Can't think of anything else. It is the best car I have owned or will own. A grown-up rocket sled. Not a cheap mistress, but discreet and worth it.

If you are considering one, and find a good one... have it!

1998 Jaguar XJR 4 Litre Supercharged from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4 Litre Supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

No car like it

Faults:

Wiper relay failed.

General Comments:

Awesome automobile. Not the fastest one I own, but it is the most comfortable.

Took it to the drag races, 13.78 seconds 102mph with 2 people and the air conditioning running.

Much less stealthy than originally planned, this car turns folk's heads old and young.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2000

1998 Jaguar XJR 4.0 supercharged from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.0 supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carBMW 323i Coupe

Summary:

A lifestyle statement

Faults:

1) Supercharger coolant pump noisy - replaced under warranty.

2) Plastic cup holder on arm-rest broke.

3) "Dent-magnet" for other car owners in car parks!

General Comments:

Sexy, good looking, incredibly fast mile-muncher. Eats most other cars for breakfast, but 19mpg and filling up 2-3 times a week takes some getting used to!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2000

16th Jan 2002, 08:46

You only give seven out of ten for the dealership. Did you experience any problems whilst dealing with them, if so please specify. Good review as I am on the brink of buying one.

Cheers.

markg1029@aol.com

1998 Jaguar XJR 4.0 supercharged petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 4.0 supercharged petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Noise from o's front wheel - rectified quickly.

General Comments:

The best sports saloon car I have ever owned or driven. A complete dream.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 12 reviews