1999 Jaguar XJR Reviews

1999 Jaguar XJR 4.0 liter supercharged from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 liter supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJ6

Summary:

Expensive but a joy to drive (most of the time)

Faults:

Stalling at speeds due to throttle body switch, tram-lining or "jumping" when hitting bumps. Imagine driving at 70 mph and the car stalls...

I've experienced sunroof problems (actual warping of the metal roof).

Expensive to maintain.

I've read in many places to get the V-8's in a 2000 and up model, due to the Nikasil bore coatings wearing off in the 1998-1999 models.

General Comments:

Beautiful car, a joy to drive, but I don't think a supercharged engine and stiffer suspension is good for this 2-ton sedan, because it can't handle bumps and potholes very well.

These cars are a great deal when used, however, the savings when buying an 8-year old car will cover most of the expenses.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2008

1999 Jaguar XJR 4.2L V8 Supercharged from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.2L V8 Supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carJaguar Chrysler 300M

Summary:

I love my jaguar xjr, fast, great handling and comfortable

Faults:

There is nothing serious happen to the car yet. Since we bought it used, we replaced the brake pads, and parts that need to be replaced to make sure that car is running well. We changed the oil, transmission fluid and other fluids. Make sure you maintain your XJR.

General Comments:

I truly love to drive my 1999 Jaguar XJR. We bought the used red burgundy one and it is extremely beautiful. I detailed it myself and it really makes other luxury drivers to glance, stop and look at the car on the road.

The 370 horse power 4.2L V8 supercharged engine is extremely powerful, smooth and strong. It always makes me smile every time I press on the gas pedal as the car leaves the other cars behind. The Jaguar XJR can go from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

The car was over $84,000 when it was brand new and I did a research online, the loaded version of 1999 XJR price was $102,000 loaded with GPS and other gadgets. We bought the car for $15,000, so we really saves a lot of money by buying it used!

It's a perfect family car, the interior is very spacious, the trunk is also spacious, the leather and wood trim interior is very beautiful. My daughter and wife love the car! Not only the front seats have the heated seats feature, the backseats do have the heated seat feature.

The car comes with the Harmon Kardon stereo system and the sound that comes from this stereo system is amazing! It makes you want to stay in the car and relax. I love driving this car to work every day becaus e it is very comfortable.

The handling of the car is superb! There is a video on YouTube. come Jaguar XJR VS BMW M5, you will love watching this video. Even a corvette 1998 to 2003 Corvettes have to struggle to keep up with my XJR.

If you have the chance to buy one of these less than $20,000 US, buy one, you will love the XJR! You will know how it feels driving in $102,000 car! The quality is just amazing!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2007

31st Aug 2007, 12:42

Check your engine size, I think that you will find that the 1999 has the 4.0 litre motor. Mine is a 2001 and that is the motor in mine. The 4.2L came later, 2002 or 2003 I think.

4th Sep 2007, 12:14

You are right, it is 4.0L, but it still produces 370 Horse Power, thank you for the correction. I really appreciate it. I love the XJR, I have been having so much fun driving it.

15th Mar 2009, 18:36

Without the limiter, how fast can a 1999 XJR go?

1999 Jaguar XJR 4.0 Supercharged from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 Supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carToyota Landcruiser

Summary:

Great car, pity about the reliability problems.

Faults:

I had a 1999 XJR 4.0 suprcharged and was driving at approximately 90 miles per hour in the outside lane and the engine cut out completely. I consider myself a good driver but getting across three lanes of busy, fast moving traffic with no engine power and no power steering is not something I would wish on anybody. You can't tell anyone that your engine has cut out, you just have to make it to the hard shoulder as quickly and safely as possible. This wasn't the first time it had happened.

Obviously a fault at manufacture but try telling Jaguars that!

I also had the gearbox completely pack up on me just backing it out of the garage. Apparently the oil was low on a gearbox that cannot be checked or topped up! They're fitted with a Mercedes auto box that's meant to be maintanance free! Jaguars wanted about £7,000 plus fitting! I managed to get a second hand one which still cost me £1,700 fitted.

I now drive a Toyota and so does my other half and find them so reliable.

I love jags and I've had 4 so far. I still look at the ads 'cause I've still got a soft spot for them but I'd be mad to go back driving one. So yes, the U.K ones cut out as well!

General Comments:

For a large saloon the car is very quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th September, 2005

4th May 2007, 03:57

Shame about the gearbox, however interesting in that the unit is a Mercedes unit (made by ZF?). I would be amazed that Mercedes would use anything, but the best. Both myself and my business partners drive XJRs and we cover starship mileage on an annual basis. If well serviced, these vehicles are trouble free, as we can both attest to. In three years we have covered 70 each in ours and aside from the odd wheel bearing, no problems. Both cars now have well over 100K on the clock and are still going strong...lovely.

11th May 2007, 14:58

Re the comment about your Jaguar cutting out. I have a 1998 Jag XJ8 3.2 ltr which has been superb, but started cutting out last week. Again at about 80-90 mph on the motorway. Did you find out what caused this? Anyone any ideas?

Jonno.

8th Dec 2009, 01:21

Oh, only $1200? Oh well, if it's only $1200 to fix the stupid problem, that shouldn't be in the car in the first place then who cares, right? (sarcasm) When I had my Lexus GS430, I don't think I spent $1200 in the entire length of ownership, and I did not have to worry about the engine cutting out or the transmission going out or sparks flying or electrical fires. The XJR does look very nice though, but I will never buy another British car after my crap Land Rover.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 10 reviews