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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I don't see a reply to it (other than yours now). Since that question was posted in 2003, I'm not sure a reply would be very helpful now anyway.

    Feel free to post your own questions, though!
  • eman5eman5 Posts: 110
    I've been looking at 06-07 VDPs. Their Carfax reports almost always mention service reports early on that say, cryptically, "Computer reprogrammed" or "Computer reset." What's up with that? Is that a specific issue, covered under warranty?

    Also, their A/C coolant gets recharged after a year?

    I've read that Jaguars are more reliable now. Is that true, or advertising? Dare I return, after swearing them off a decade ago?
  • denhamdenham Posts: 76
    I own my second Jag. and they have been more of a Sunday car and I have never had any major problems. One thing of importance is changing the brake fluid and is most often over looked. If it is a used Jag. I would find the owner, and if it were a Doctor or
    Lawyer I would back off or do some checking as few seem to have the time for proper upkeep .
  • k2usak2usa Posts: 5
    Yes, I got a recall notice ('04 xjr) just last month. So they are covering it even if outr of warranty (105,000 miles- NO problems!) I would confirm that the quality is much better. 04 and newer benifited from the multi billion investment of Ford. My dad was a Jag/MG dealer in the 70's so I know well the quality issues of the past. Not so any more, I fully expect 200K + before my next jag. :)
  • sjb68sjb68 Posts: 1
    I'm thinking about purchasing a 99 XJ8L with 70,000 miles on it. I took it for a test drive and noticed that sometimes the tranny would act like it was stuck in neutral then slam into gear when starting from a dead stop. The dealer had it checked and said that it was not a transmission problem because it was not throwing any codes out and said sometimes these things work themselves out or get worse. Any ideas?
  • When I try to run the diagnostics through the on-board VCM, it flashes "PAO FAIL". Anyone with a clue as to what this means? Thanks, Alan
  • madonnadjmadonnadj Posts: 11
    We have a 98 and it did something similar. We were stopped, placed in reverse and then going forward it seized up. Placed in reverse, nothing moved. Eventually, it 'released' if that is that correct word. Our mechanic came, drove it around and said it was fine to drive. Had no real idea except to say sometimes the anti-lock brakes seize up...on any car. Wasn't concerned. As we have a warranty, I want it to 'break' so that it can be fixed. No one except for me is concerned about being away from home in it!! Has shown no further indication that it is trying to do it again.
  • madonnadjmadonnadj Posts: 11
    At approximately every 20 miles, bells, chimes go off five times in increments of five. The book states that this is a secondary warning for air bags when the light on the dash does reflecting same warning fails. Jag dealer doesn't know what I am talking about. Anyone have this problem? If so, any info would be helpful.

  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    XJ8, I notice that the parking brake is no longer a hand brake...I love handbrakes ( my 88 Prelude & Legend had them)...when was the last year that the XJ8 had the hand brake???
  • gas6gas6 Posts: 3
    Had something similar on my 2004 xj8 it was very intermittent and was found to be a fault in the cancelation ring - this device transmits the electical power from the (fixed) car to the (rotating) steering wheel, and the wires tend to fail after much use. All fine now. hope this helps
  • jaglover2jaglover2 Posts: 9
    I have a leak in my A/C system, dealer wanted to replace evaporator and compressor. Local Jag mechanic found no leak in compressor only on the evaporator. He added an A/C leak sealer called Red Angel with the hope to fix the leak. Has anyone used this product before? Are there an cautions to worry about? I don't want to spend $3K to fix the A/C on my '01 XJ8.
  • jaglover2jaglover2 Posts: 9
    At start up each morning I get squealing from the front of my '01 XJ8 that lasts about 5 minutes. This also happens after the car has sat for a while, over 6 hours. I have been told that this happens because I have coolant leaking on to the drive belt. Would anybody recommend using a coolant stop leak additive? If so which one is better? Could there be another reason for the squealing?
  • denhamdenham Posts: 76
    The Evaporator is very thin and a leak sealer may work or at least slow the leakage .
    There are a number of A/C sealers on the market and most all are the same and have been found to work with small leakage.
  • jaglover2jaglover2 Posts: 9
    Thanks for your response. So far the A/C has been working well, so well that the condensate is now coming in to the car. Mechanic has tried to blow out the drain tube thinking that it is blocked, but this did not work. Can anyone say why the water comes into the car and what else can be done? The driver's side and the rear left side gets very wet. I need A/C here in South Florida, especially in the summer months.
  • cdputziercdputzier Posts: 2
    How do i remove the fuel tank? The straps are off, it seems to be binding up front and wont slip back. Any suggestions?
  • I am the original owner of this Jaguar. It only has 70000 miles and been regularly maintained by the local dealer. Never had any issue until a week ago where upon starting the car I got a very rough start. I brought the car to the dealer and they indicated that there it is related to Tensioner which might be broken and the cost $2700 to have everything checked and replaced. I was very shocked and found this article online: I brought up the issue to the dealer and they tried the local market manager of Jaguar to pay for part/all of it and he refused. Jaguar customer care was not helpful and did not do anything. My extended warranty ran out end of 2006, but could have had everything checked out if it was still under that warranty. As I understand it, this is a known problem and Jaguar is aware of it. They have 3 times changed the tensioner series and the latest is no longer plastic (made out of metal) put on 2005 and above. I would like to write an email or letter to Jaguar's President Gary Temple to complain. Anyone has his email or any other suggestions.


  • Change out these Tensioner that give the problem is no big deal, and yet the dealers
    make big bucks. You need only remove the valve covers unbolt and lift the cam shaft
    and the top Tensioner can be replaced. It took me less than three hours to change out
    both on mine. Good Luck and get back with me!
  • Dennis,

    Thanks for your advice. The dealer told me that it would take around 12 hours since they have to remove so many parts to get to the core. They told me majority of the work is labor, assuming $120/hour, that is about $1500 just for labor. Not sure why the parts would cost and additional $1200. How much are these parts ? He indicated once there you might as well as change all related parts (good or bad) as they will eventually need to be replaced and it would make sense to change them all. This is why I wanted to reach out to someone high up in Jaguar to share the issues. Gary Temple who is the President of Jaguar used to be in charge of Customer Service. I am hoping to get his contact email address and ask for support.
  • Yes it will take 12 hours or more if you go into the core and replace all. The top Tensioner is the problem child and why replace good parts that can last for years?
    I purchased my Tensioner from Jaguar Cleveland PH:440-542-0601 and received via UPS total cost for both $152.17 parts number CA21511 C2A1512 for the new design.
    When you unbolt the cam shaft, lift the rear and take the chain off the Tensioner and replace. Do not take the chain off the cam shaft.
    Anyone who has a Jag. XJ8 should replace these with the new design, and they should have been recalled but Ford is now out of the loop.
  • cc,
    i drive a xj8, it been a bit quarky but a great. I'd buy it again. The 98 will have more and better technology. The v8 has DOHC. Seems too have a smoother feel.
    high mileage isn't as important as the maintenance history. Also, you can make minor repairs all day but a beat interior or worn out paint is difficult and expensive to overcome.
    YOu should get one-They are an experience to drive!! Good Luck!!
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