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Jaguar XJ-Series

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  • Seeing many new 2006 XJ8L on market want to lease in the last month.
    Q: Am I better off purchasing 2006 or 2007? Anyone know money factor (most important buy rate) on lease? What about residual percentage?

    I am in Southern California.

    Thanks,
    Steve
  • You are better off leasing a 2007, assuming there are no lease deals on a 2006. The residual value on a 2007 is higher than a 2006, so the actual amount of the car you are leasing is less. If you are purchasing the car and intend to keep it for a long period of time(ie resale not an issue) then you can get a better purchase price on a left over 2006
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    his 2002 XJ, beautiful car, deep blue with cream interior...even at just 5'3", I have to duck when I get into the car or I hit my head...is the Jag roof so much lower than any other car I ever got into???...it seems that this would be an annoying car if I had to crouch down just to get in and out of it...

    BTW...this guy has had a few MBs in the past and had only headaches with them, would never buy another Benz...seems that every month the car would spend a week at the dealer for some repair...said that his Jag only had routine maintenance in 100K miles, and was bulletproof...just thought you might want some unsolicited feedback...
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,320
    Interesting fit. How well do you enter the 04's and later?

    I still covet the new aluminum XJ8, but can't pull the trigger due to the wonderful running and performance of my 4.6 in the old Lincoln. :)
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    2002 XJ, beautiful car, deep blue with cream interior...even at just 5'3", I have to duck when I get into the car or I hit my head...is the Jag roof so much lower than any other car I ever got into???...it seems that this would be an annoying car if I had to crouch down just to get in and out of it...

    Frankly, the headroom in the 2003 and prior XJs is nearly impossible for most men. In addition, the handbrake location is also an issue.

    The 2004 new generation of XJ brought an entirely new car, even though the appearance was deliberately retained. The headroom is roomy for men well over 6', myself included at 6'1", and the handbrake is a small knob, electronically controlled. The all-aluminum vehicle weighs in at only a little more than a 3-Series BMW. With that light weight and its standard 300 hp engine it is very spirited, and yet delivers gas mileage rated at 27 EPA Hwy. Some have argued that the design should have been updated, given the window of opportunity for the '04 and forward XJs, but regardless, the latest XJs have proven themselves to be superior in every way to the older ones, and their reliability has particularly been impressive... even making the JD Powers list in top or near-top positions for a number of years.

    TagMan
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    The 2002 was the first, and only, Jag I ever entered...considering that this was the design of the XJ8 going back a number of years, I am just surprised that a small guy like me would have to duck to get into the front seat...the rear seat I almost have to crouch down to get in...beautiful car, tho, beautiful lines, and anything with a hand brake is something I just like...foor brakes are just a pain, to me, no "character"...

    All four of my Hondas had hand brakes, which I sorely missed after I started buying American.....
  • I have heard this access complaint many times. All the complainers can't grasp the fact that this is a "Jaguar", not some boxy SUV. Would you complain if by chance you won a Lamborgini. How would you get into it. Give me a break. We own a mint 98 VDP with 18" 7 spoke asteroid wheels. It sparkles just the way I bought it. Only 50,000 miles and garage kept. My wife drives it every day. Not once have I heard her complain about getting into or out of this fantastic car. By the way, she is 5'6" and in her mid 60s. I am 5'10" and 67 years old. It's a tiny bit tight but driving this car is pure joy. We constantly have people rubbernecking to look at this car. The secret is, keep it spotless. If you want a boxy car, don't buy it. If you want a car with style, don't hesitate. You won't be sorry.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    style, it IS a beautful car with timeless lines...it is just that since it is a 4 door sedan, I was surprised that I felt like I was entering a little 2 door sport coupe...
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    I must say, with the new ( 2004+ ) XJ doesn't suffer from this in the least. I'm one of those guys who always has problems with headroom, and the new XJ has a lot.
  • I have a 2000 xj8l, the battery drains overnight. Is there a common problem?. I have gone through 3 batteries. the yellow engine light is on. the alt. charges the bat.but there is something draining the battery. could this be a module that is stuck open or somthing like that? the wireing is like new and the fans do not keep running after the key is turned off
  • bkarabkara Posts: 1
    This would be my first Jag. I would use this as a second car to drive in to work. Know of conflicting quality issues regarding Jags generally and this model's electrical problems. Any feedback would be appreciated and would probably save my marriage:) Thank you all in advance.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,320
    Just returned from an 800 mile round trip to Whistler, B.C. on I-5 and 99. We did not see any 04 to 07 XJ8's on the road. Is it just Nu yawkeh's in FL that buy them? :confuse:
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    They're out here in California... in surprising numbers... adding beauty to our highways. ;)

    TagMan
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,320
    Thought for sure we would see many in British Columbia, but no and the Sea to Sky highway has beautiful scenery, but the road itself is still very ugly, thus a few Jags on it would be of promotional benefit for the 2010 Winter Olympics. :confuse:
  • robbo222robbo222 Posts: 1
    The boot won't open, it doesn't seem to be releasing the catch enough. There is movement but it just won't release..Is there any way to access the boot manually ??
    Many thanks for any ideas...cheers
  • hofiiihofiii Posts: 16
    I also have a 98 XJ Vanden Plas that sticks intermittently when I try to disengage from Park to Reverse or Drive. It happens generally after the car has been sitting after being driven for awhile. I noticed that you can hear a 'click' sound from the console that indicates that the lever will then disengage. I just think to myself that she's just not ready to go yet, but know this shouldn't happen. I haven't had anyone look at it though.

    I would appreciate any info as to why this occurs also and what can be done to eliminate it. Thanks so much!
  • hofiiihofiii Posts: 16
    This is in conjunction with MSG# 1896. I've reviewed the discussions and haven't seen any response to this situation with the Shift Lever sticking. Has this happened to anyone else and what did they do about it? Any advice is much appreciated.
  • hofiiihofiii Posts: 16
    It may be the brake light switch under the brake pedal is failing...it doesn't know that your foot is on the brake so it will not allow the shifter to move... This was suggested by Jagbits.com
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    I see very few high end cars in Canada regardless of whether in the maritimes or BC. I have never, ever seen a late model S Class, 7 Series or XJ in Montreal, for example. I think that the Canadians have a very high tax structure AND a culture that doesn't encourage conspicuous consumption.
  • I have an 95' XJ6 VDP and today I drove an 2004 XJ8. Thinking to replace the XJ6 with the new XJ, but after driving it today I'm not sure about it any more.
    From outside it looks bigger but from inside, I can swear that is no different(in size) that my old XJ6. It fills that I sit taller. The trunk is definitely bigger(deeper) since they relocated the gas tank.
    It fills fast, but I didn't fill that way faster filling that I was expected after my XJ6.
    The direction switch has a bad location(way to high).
    Other then these observations it's a great car, but after driving it today I think I will stick more to my old XJ6. I don't see that much difference to worth spending that much.
    For the previous poster, maybe the solenoid needs to be replaced. The shifter has a solenoid. I'm not familiar with the XJ8 but on my XJ6 I have a star head screw on the J-gate which if I remove and stick something down it would disengage the shifter.
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