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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    Ok, here's where I show my ignorance...

    I have a burned out foglamp. The dealer wants $230 plus $45 labor to replace it. I assume it's halogen because they tell me HID isn't available for my model year and they won't install them.

    I found an H3 Xenon HID kit for around $540 that includes two bulbs and two sets of ballast, plus a wiring harness. Given the cost to replace ONE bulb at the dealer, this seems like a reasonable buy..

    But I don't know if these kits will fit my car. Are the Jaguar foglamps sealed beam units? Or it it as simple as removing the burnt out bulb and replacing it with the H3 HID bulb, then connecting the ballast?

    The Jaguar dealer is being completely unhelpful since I'm talking to them about desacrating the original equipment.


  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    You're right, it's a bonnet.. How silly of me to forget that :-)
  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    Wow.. $35K for an XJR... I paid $36K for my 97 VDP+extended warranty two years ago. I would have loved an XJR!

    The extended warranty will set you back around $2,800. I haven't used mine much, but if I have a major problem, I'm covered for the cost of the $100 co-payment. If you buy a car under Select Edition warranty, you can always add the extended warranty after the SE warranty runs out (which will be soon).

    Bill (or someone else) will tell you what to look for. I suppose all things being equal, lower miles is better, but lower price makes for smaller monthly payments.
  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    Yes, the aerial should be cleaned and lubed. My radio displays the message "Clean Aerial" about every 3 months.
  • jagboyxtypejagboyxtype Posts: 241
    It's perfectly understandable. You were just getting over the shock of it opening the wrong way, and forgot what to call it. :-)

    I personally agree with you, in that the touches such as the bonnet's opening direction, etc. should have stayed on the 2004 model, despite that not being mainstream. It made up part of the uniqueness of the car, and Jaguars are not cars for everyone, so they should be a little quirky (for lack of a better adjective). Thank goodness the J-gate stayed! The bonnet opening this way works on the models like S-type and X-type, however, because they opened in the direction they do today the same way on the original 60's S-type and Mk 2.

  • lindsay8lindsay8 Posts: 21
    I don't know how long it has been there but it has hardened onto the wood in one area. Any idea what will take it off without eating the varnish of the wood?
  • jagboyxtypejagboyxtype Posts: 241
    I would just keep using a damp, soft towel and allow the moisture to loosen the coffee without allowing it to soak the wood. Jaguar wood is pretty durable, and the varnish is thick, so damage should be difficult. I would never try to scrape anything off it though. Just rub it gently with a moist towel; I would think that would remove it.
  • graymulegraymule Posts: 1
    I am currently a BMW owner but seriously considering XJ8. Local Dealer has 2003 with 8000 miles - they are asking 47k for it - Carfax report is clean although previous owner was a major car rental place.

    So here's my questions - does this sound like a decent price and what about it being from a car rental agency - a little concerned about this.
    Does anyone expect the current XJ8's to depreciate even faster with the new 2004 styling coming out...
  • vusicvusic Posts: 53
    I always try to be careful with this stuff. Buying a Jag seems more of an emotional decision than a logical one. I just spotted a 2002 XJS at with a bit over 12K on the clock at a "buy it now" of under 37K and a 2002 XJ8(L) with 7500 miles for 37.5K and there's probably some room to work with. Granted, they're a year older and you'd have to ship, but basically they're the same car. I bought from these guys, the car was great and the money I saved was significant.
    FYI, my brother in law was the GM of a nationally known rental outfit in Las Vegas and said he'd never buy a car off a rental lot. The client that rents a Jag is probably not going to abuse it (unless it's Bill.....then it might go to the track) and there's plenty of warranty time left, but buyer beware.
    On the last's anybody's quess. Jaguars depreciate like any other luxury car. I think most XJ's are attractive automobiles long term. The new car seems to have significant torsional rigidity improvements and engineering advancements but I wouldn't bet that those issues translate into accelerated depreciation for older models.
    Good luck Jag hunting. You'll never regret owning a good one.
    I've actually been considering a 7 series (older model) any suggestions?

  • docmeyerdocmeyer Posts: 6
    Well against my better thinking I did it. If it wasn't for the fact it was a real one owner, church lady, garage kept, cared for, never smoked in, radio not blasted owned I wouldn't have bought it (for $2500). Three typical problems, check engine light (to be determined), a/c doesn't blow cold (hoping for a freon charge fix) and the all to typical cracked tail light lenses (but found a good deal $98 a pair).

    It has 123K miles on it and won't be a daily driver. My first question, will synthetic oil do it any good? And last but not least, is ther eany problem areas I should look for before I'm stranded on I-95?


  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    Congrats and welcome to the club!

    123K miles and church-lady-owned?! Must have been a lonnggg drive to church!

    If I were you, I'd make sure the hoses are okay. If any are OE, they might be a little brittle.

    If you see a jade green VDP on I-95 with a license plate that reads CYBR COP, beep and say hi.
  • beardwnbeardwn Posts: 2
    i'm so glad i bought a 2003 XJR because the last thing i need is a longer, wider, taller XJR. if
    people want boats, let them buy lincolns. also,
    the interior on the '04 isn't as nice as the '03.
  • mktgdocmktgdoc Posts: 2
    I'm in the process of buying a new car. I'm considering a new 2003 XJ8, Infinity Q45, or Acura RL. I fully realize the RL is not in the same class as the other two; a new body style is now available for the 2004 XJ8 and a new body style will be available soon for the RL. I drove all three cars. The XJ8 had a lot of wind noise, but its handling was better than the other two.

    My concern is I want a car that I can drive every day, about 100 miles, without having to make a trip to the dealer for mechanical or electrical "adjustments" every other week. I also plan to hold onto the car for a very long time, about 10 years.

    Is the XJ8 as reliable and dependable as the upscale Japanese cars? I have absolutely no interest in a Benz, BMW, Audi, Caddilac, or Lincoln. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    I have owned two XK8s ('99 and '01), which share pretty much everything except the body with the XJ8. The few things that have gone wrong have been minor annoyances (we had to have the seat memory module replaced, for instance). Neither car ever even threatened to strand us. I wouldn't have any concerns in that regard. In addition, I own the '01 because the '99 saved my wife's and my butts in an accident that got the driver of the other car (a Pontiac Grand Prix) carried away on a backboard, so I rate the safety aspect pretty good too. And they are God's own pleasure to drive. As a final note, however, I would do some serious side-by-side comparison between the '03 and the '04. The ergometrics in the '04 are considerably better, and it has the 4.2L engine and the 6-speed automatic, neither of which (I believe) the '03 has.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • jagboyxtypejagboyxtype Posts: 241
    I thought the XK8 shared a chassis with the old XJS, and that the XJ8 was on a different chassis. Are XJ8, XK8, and XJS all really on the same platform? I will agree that all Jaguars are built like tanks though!
  • mktgdocmktgdoc Posts: 2
    You've answered a number of my questions about the car's dependability. Thanks. I'm not going to buy anything until after the summer. The Infinity rep said about that time there should be some deals on the 03 Q45, bringing that car to under $49k.

    I didn't drive the '04 but did sit in it. Its interior space much larger than the 03. I'm 6'2" and had trouble touching the pedals with the driver's seat pulled back. Loads of head room in the 04. There's also more lateral room shoulder to shoulder. The 04 seats seemed less snug. The 04 lost the chrome window trimmings. I didn't notice the engine displacement, but 4.2 for the 04 seems right.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
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  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,497
    Well - I have looked at the new XJ - sat in it - invited to drive, but declined - for now.

    Question - in real world driving at highway speeds (say 65 - 75) what fuel mileage do XJ8s return? EPA = 28 = pretty good, for for this class.

    - Ray
    Also impressed with the range that the 22.5 gallon fuel capacity might provide . . .
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,497
    I will add that I am interested in the more recent 4.2 / 6-speed trans. versions. . .
    Thanks again,
    - Ray
    Wondering if over 550 miles on a tank is actually possible . . .
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    It may be possible, but with my bladder it's largely irrelevant.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

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