2003 Jaguar XJR 4.2 supercharged from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Looks can be deceiving. More of a projectile than a luxury saloon

Faults:

Slight scabbing on front screen passenger side pillar. Taken to a Jaguar dealer, and repaired with absolutely no quibbles, which was refreshing from a main dealer, and taking into account the car was 6 years old!!

Engine management light comes on periodically. Jaguar assessed the fault and told me it was the airflow sensor. They didn't charge for the diagnostic check. The mechanic boffin told me that the sensor is integral with the throttle body, and this would cost £400 plus to replace. He said that as it had no effect on the smooth running of the car, that it would be uneconomical to repair with my budget limits. Very honest and helpful.

Apart from this minor fault, everything operates as well as the day the car rolled off the line at Castle Bromwich! Magnificent.

General Comments:

This car is a real testament to Jaguar for their build quality, and I cannot speak more highly of the reliability and excellence of this model. There isn't a knock, squeak or rattle on the suspension or any of the interior fittings.

Everything works as perfectly and quietly as when the car was new. The ride quality, road manners and performance are absolutely A1.

I'll finish with the performance, the car is VERY quick and accelerates with breathtaking swiftness from standing. The youngsters in their hot hatches look on in astonishment when I "take the bait" and they find themselves 100 yards behind at the next set of lights!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2011

2003 Jaguar XJR R1 V8 SC from North America

Summary:

A sleeper Generation X luxury muscle car

Faults:

Tilt steering column doesn't work. I am constantly having to change the fuse after having it repaired before buying the car.

Driver's seat doesn't work. I believe the seat & steering are on the same circuit.

The ABS/ASC/traction control light comes on at start up, and stays on, then disappears. This still hasn't diminished my love for this car.

General Comments:

This is my 2nd XJR. I lost my 1st XJR in the floods of the Atlanta in SEP 09. I only had the car for two weeks, but I was in love with the car, so I decided to buy it again, and I'm glad I did!

The 1st XJR was an 01 with Carnival Red paint and Tan leather. I lucked out and found an 03 with the R1 package (Anthracite Black with tan leather) only a month later.

I would like to start off by saying this is probably one of the fastest below the radar cars on the streets today. The performance of this car is blistering. The power delivery is instant from the supercharger "NO LAG". If there is a downside, it is the size of the gas tank. It is relatively small for a car of this weight and size. You can only cruise a distance of 240 miles before needing to refill.

The sound isolation is very good; you can barely hear the car during normal driving, but floor it and the supercharger whine and exhaust system blend together to create a beautiful purr.

As for the CATS suspension systems; it works very well at keeping very stable at high speeds, while making the car very agile in sharp bending curves.

At low speeds the suspension soaks up bumps pretty well. On the downside though, the suspension can send a jolting feel through the steering column on hard separated pavement.

I rate the interior as top shelf on the level of a Rolls/Bentley for the working rich. There is only the finest level of materials, from the dashboard, to the center console, to the carpeting.

I love how the car has a dual personality of being a high performance car, and then in a split second turns into a mature luxury cruiser.

I believe the Jaguar XJR from 2001 through 2003 represents the best used car value in the sports luxury market in the last 15 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2010

2003 Jaguar XJR 4.2 supercharged V8 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Probably the best car in the world

Faults:

Electrical fault - giving air suspension fault warning - easily sorted under warranty.

General Comments:

Simply the best car I have ever owned. The ride is excellent - and the performance earth shattering. Seats extremely comfortable. Cabin superb and a lovely place to spend time. Excellent audio system and sat nav.

Brilliant lights and in Jaguar Racing Green wonderfully attractive.

A car that wants to be driven for hundreds of miles at a time. At legal limits it can even get 30 mpg!

I know of no better at any price or marque.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2006

9th Nov 2007, 03:02

So you like it then?

I currently own and X308 version, and love that, but may be upgrading to the new model soon, seems a fantastic car, however I am not too sold on the new styling (had to be done due to aluminium construction, height issues and legroom I know). After reading your comments, I think I will nip out for a test drive.

Thanks.