Totally agree, these cars are amazing!
I purchased a 2003 model back in Feb this year with 160,000 on the clock. Most other cars with this kind of mega mileage on are showing severe signs of wear and tear: ie, squeaks/rattles, cracked leather, worn seat bolsters etc, but not this one. There is not a mark on it inside or out, and everything still works. This is testament to Jaguar's build quality. This is truly an enduring product, and I can honestly say is as fresh as the day it left the showroom.
It does have a full Jag service history however which is vital, but comparing it with previous high performance sports cars I have owned, ie Porsche, BMW M3 etc, I would say it beats them all hands down.
The acceleration is like a passenger jet taking off, just a seamless surge of whining supercharged power. You really have to experience this to believe it, and from such a large beast. It has left many a boy racer with a stunned expression on their faces. Feather the right foot, and you will easily achieve 20 mpg around town and slightly over 30 mpg on a motorway.
So what are you waiting for, buy one!
I've just purchased about two weeks ago, a XJR 2003 Black on black. With 96000 miles like new! What an amazing car! What power, what class! I enjoy it even in traffic! It's got a killer stereo, and even a cassette player ideal for the iPhone.
I replaced a fuse, because the lighter socket wasn't working; it took the Jag dealer a while to find it, and everything works perfect now. It's truly a luxurious ride and stunning looking. Very low; at least 4 inches lower than anything comparable on the road!
I can't wait to take it on a road trip. Too bad I'm in Miami, not in a hilly curvy area where I could really enjoy it!
If you ever find one, buy it! It's awesome!
Hello. I read your comments made in February of 2012 about the XJR. Do you happen to still be driving yours? Do you still recommend this vehicle?