If anyone is in the mode to give advise, I'd like to know how to get a warranty on my newly purchased 2000 XK8. Apparently, to get an extended warranty from a dealership, the car would have had to be owned by that dealer and "certified" by that dealer as well. The seller was not a Jaguar dealer although the car went thru a Lexus like check of 161 items vs. a Jaguar 140 item list. The car is in great shape, but a warranty would help me sleep at night and relax on long trips. Any advise on acquiring a warranty?
I bought a 2000 XKR convertible in March and obtained a warranty online just by typing in extended warranties in the browser. I paid 3500 for a 4 year 48k warranty. I had 50000 miles on it.
I just put a deposit down on a 2000 XK8. I was told there is a possible problem with pistons seating in the nickasil liners causing smoking. Has anyone seen this problem?
I am considering buying a 2000 XK8 with 43000 K miles on it. The asking price is $21,500. The "CarFax" looks good, but it had three privious owners. Any comments? Perplexed!
I just bought my first 2000 xk8 jaguar so far I love it I hope I get my money back when I sell it. I got it for a good price, and thinking of putting some upgrades on it any one no, were you can get the chrome rings for dash or shift at a good price I think it makes the jaguar look nice inside...
I am thinking of buying a used, post 2000 XK8. I am curious if any of the current XK8 owners would care to share their real-world gas mileage.
I know that you do not by the XK8 for its mileage efficiency, but I am still curious.
I found the reference to the serial numbers differentiating Nikasil and post-Nikasil engines, on jag-lovers.org. The site also refers to the dreaded chain tensioners problem. In both cases, further online links are provided to Classic Jaguar World Magazine articles. Show your appreciation and make a donation to the site. I quote:
"The VIN number indicates what type of cylinder liners the engine has. Cars with VIN ending with a 6 digits sequence have Nikasil liner engines, whereas VIN ending with the letter A followed by 5 digits have a steel liner engine. More on this can be found in an article published in the May 2004 issue of Classic Jaguar World Magazine, which we were allowed to reproduce here on Jag-Lovers."
"The second issue concerns the timing chain tensioners, which have occasionally failed resulting in terminal engine damage... In nearly all cases, an engine rattle after a cold start serve as a warning sign what the tensioners are worn and need to be replaced. More on this can be found in an article published in the Dec 2003 issue of Classic Jaguar World Magazine which we were allowed to reproduce here on Jag-Lovers."
I have a 2000 XK8...have had it for 4 years.
What a head turner.
I get thumbs up and turn heads from teenagers to old men.
Best value car I have ever owned.
Driving this machine is pure joy!
Would buy another in a heartbeat!
I bought my BRG 2000 XKR Coupe in 04 with only 8K miles, and other than the tensioner issue, it has been a fine ride.
It is a great headturner, and very fast when the super charger kicks in.
My VIN # confirms a good engine in regard to the piston fault. Looking at the new 2009 XKRs, I think holding on to the older well maintained coupes will be a good option as they should be in future demand, as were the original 240Zs (I owned 2), when the newer 260+Z came out degrading the model by making them bigger and over packing them with gadgets. Truly one of the most beautiful practical exotic sports cars on the road. Let's see where TATA takes them..
Look for rust in the front floor pans, around the rear arches, and rear bumper.
Make sure there is evidence of timing chain tensioner replacement. Costs around £1000 to upgrade the timing gear.
A receipt for a new gearbox is also worth seeing in the history, as they can be problematic.
Generally, aside from one or two known weak spots, they're pretty reliable.
Best advice is to look at several examples before deciding. It's a buyers market for these cars now, and there are some amazing deals to be had.
Be aware that the XK8 is an expensive car to run, and requires knowledgeable TLC to keep in top order, so don't expect to run it for peanuts.