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Year / Model Reviewed:
2004 Jaguar XJ8
Build quality, engine, interior ambience, performance, economy (for the size of car). Navigation and in-vehicle telmatics are simple to operate and intuitive.
Not a DIY car, parts and main dealers can be exensive.
Can cause other drivers to exhibit childish signs of envy and petty behaviour.
Makes people believe you make more than you do!
The XJ8 is a superb car, my 5th Jaguar and my 1st XJ8. The best Jaguar yet and a bargain used. The all aluminum body makes it light but strong, the 4.2L V8 is silky smooth and the 6-speed autobox gives me an average of 22MPG in mixed driving and over 30MPG on the freeway.
Jaguar still has an undeserved image of unreliability that is totally out of alignment with the truth. As with all modern complex cars, they are expensive to fix and poor maintenance is the main reason why things break. Look after them and don't skimp on the servicing and the car will reward you.
There is another 'review' of an 05 XJ8 that seems bogus. There are no systemic gearbox or overheating problems with the X350 [MY04 onwards in the US]. The poster reports something like 3 gearboxes in 50K miles, which is absurd and not at all in line with reality. Older XJ and S types did have issues with timing chain tensions, thermostat impellors and XF gearboxes. The first 2 issues could be addressed through proactive maintenance and in the case of the gearbox, one could expect about 100k miles before issues started showing up. Since Jaguar considered the gearbox sealed for life, this lead to replacement rather than repair.
Again this is not an issue on an 04+ XJ8 or S-type.
Similar Products Used:
Jaguar X-type VDP, Jaguar S-type, Jaguar XJ6