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Jaguar XJ-Series

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  • To all owners past and present, I am seriously thinking about a 1996 sedan, with 80,000 miles. I am used to driving 1960's Fords and Lincolns. Will a Jaguar cause me to lose my mind and my retirement savings? I realize that maintenance will be high but are there idiosyncrasies in this car that are way out of the expected? As an example of what I mean; I was interested in an Audi until I read that one of the early 90's models (A4, I think) requires a complete new front-end, every 30,000 miles, at a cost of $4,000 because of the way it was designed-individual parts can't be replaced, only the whole unit. Any advice or comments on the Jag will be appreciated.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    on whether this is going to be a hobby car, or your daily driver. As a weekend car, maintenance costs shouldn't be too prohibitive. As a daily driver, it could be fairly undependable. Leaks will be frequent and plentiful. Electrical gremlins will haunt. It will always be something. I know of no catastrophic weaknesses in the 96, but you're much better off with a 98 or newer. Anyway, that's just my opinion.

    The Dr. across the street from me has a 90 XJ-6, which he drives all he can in the winter. But he also has a Chevy Impala to drive when the Jag's in the shop, and in the summer because the British A/C isn't up to the task here in the southwest.
  • tmjddstmjdds Posts: 22
    I am looking at the 2004 XJ as well. I currently have a 2001 LS430 and looked into getting a new one. The Lexus has "BlueTooth" capability and does not require you to buy a Lexus phone the way Mercedes, BMW and Jag do. You use your own service and all you do is upgrade your cell phone to have the bluetooth technology. The Lexus picks up the info and allows you to use the car phone features seamlessly. My only problem is that the Jag looks soooooo cool! I'm willing to give up some of the Lexus quality, quiet and electrogadgetry to get into a XJ8.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I feel the same way.
  • happy holidays everyone!
    i'm the mom whose hubby got her a tahoe instead of another jag....
    so i've been in the tahoe for a few months now. i do love the roominess of it (looks much less cluttered than my old xj6, always full of boy stuff) but i still experience "car shock" on a frequent basis. and i'm always at the gas station.
    i was standing outside a local restaurant the other night w/some girlfriends. i asked what the one was driving that eve (she has several choices); it was the bmw convertible. she said she still looks for my black jag at school, restaurants, parties etc. my next buddy then says, as the tahoe pulls up, "this is so not you. we really miss your jag!" no kidding, girls!
    my husband is taking a beating on this as people often ask me, in his presence, how i like my new vehicle. i just cannot lie on this one!! and, to add to my distress, my 5 year old son points out every jag he sees on the road!! and there's lots of jags here in so. fla.- at school, in the neighborhood, etc.
    if i'd have been thinking clearer, i'd have gotten a suburban that hubby could taken after a few years when his old one dies. then i could've begged and pleaded for another jag.
    i see lots of the new '04s on the road. are people happy w/this car? looks like a ford to me. (wonder why?) and it seems like it's a bit of trouble to get body repairs on the aluminum...
    best to all- heidi in so. fla.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Don't know how you get that, Heidi. The car looks the very same, which is one thing the critics hold against it!
  • bob550kbob550k Posts: 148
    I know how you feel. Recently I sold my Q45t and purchased a Navigator, oops! I sold the Navigator within 2 months. We really do spend a great deal of time in our cars (some of us more than others) and life is to short to drive a car you don't enjoy. I am currently looking for a 2000 or 2001 XJR. I have driven a couple, they seem pretty solid (and very, very fast). At first I was looking at the 2001 S-Type 4.0, but not nearly enough power after being spoiled by the Q and the interiors didn't seem to wear well as they passed 50,000 miles.

    Any suggestions on the 00-01 XJR anyone? I intend to purchase one with low miles, extend the factory warranty and I have a spare "Chevy" to drive when the Jag is in the shop. I did get pretty spoiled by the Infiniti and their incredible service Dept. I hope the Jag dealer is as good.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I have a landlord who has an 01 XJR. He has nothing but great things to say, and also says he has had -0- trouble with the car. You may not even need the Chevy.
  • bob550kbob550k Posts: 148
    I have not been able to get any feed back at all on the XJR, I hope your neighbors experiance is typical. Since I plan to buy one under factory warranty the worst it could do is cost me time. After driving a couple of XJR's I think I understand what the magazines mean by classifying the XJR as a "carnival ride", fast, scary and fun is my interpretation.

    I'll keep the Chevy, you never know when it might come in handy.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Best of luck! It's a hellova ride, at least :)
  • Hi,

    How does the 2004 XJ8 drive in snow? We live in the Chicago area where a few inches of snow is possible a few times a year. We are considering this car for my wife and need to make sure that the new XJ8 will do ok in snow.

    Thanks for your help
  • fennfenn Posts: 197
    I wanted to offer a few observations on the 2004 XJR. I love mine. With exception of a few tweaks of the adaptive cruise module, it is a lovely solid automobile with no defects .

    The '04 XJR is fast, but not scary, unless you take off the traction control and try to push it in wet or slippery conditions. I find the car very tame and lovely at normal city driving.

    Of course, the XJR gets fast and gnarly when you push it, but it is very smooth and driveable in day to day driving....Better yet, I am averaging about 18 mpg in my XJR....I find that pretty incredible for a car with this HP. My 2002 Q45 with its lower HP V-8 got about 16.5 average MPG. The Jag's light weight and tranny give it great economy.

    By the way, the alum body seems to actually be a bit tougher than my other steel bodied cars with respect to door dings, etc......I say that after watching a lady in an old car thump mine the other day...I could not find a mark!

    With respect to the phone, I do not have the Jaguar phone, but my father does have an '04 XJ8 with the phone. He is not satisfied with the sound quality...but he is also 80 years old....so I offer that feedback with qualifier.
  • It will be a reiteration for what Jags have been and what they are. Also as I wrote in another post, do not pay over invoice price for your jag.
  • I am new to the world of Jags. Fell in love with an '89 XJS-12 convertible. The seller is asking 10K and while this is more than edmunds says it is worth, I am not sure about exotic cars. The seller says it has a rebuilt engine with 7500 miles on it and the car has 71,000 miles. It is in excellent condition. Don't expect to drive it much, occaisonal weekends.
    I have several questions
    1. Will this car appreciate?
    2. How much of a headache is this car to maintain?
    3. Is it reliable?
    4. Are there any problems/quirks with this particular year?
    Thanks for any advice you can throw my way.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    1) Yes, that one will appreciate
    2) A big headache.
    3) Sort of, it will leak like the Exxon Valdez
    4) Electrical Gremlins - Air Conditioner stuff.
  • For some reason, I am not too thrilled with this Jaguar. I have to say, I was impressed with the X Type, the S Type and am in love with the XK. I also loved the 2003 XJ--a real classy vehicle. But the 2004 XJ just doesn't give me the "classy Jaguar" feel. There is something about it that makes this car unappealing to me. I haven't figured out what it is yet...
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That's interesting, because Jaguar went to extreme's NOT to lose the appeal of the XJ while redoing the car for 04. Wonder what they have subtly missed?
  • I don;t think Jaguar missed a thing. To me, the new x350 has more Jaguar styling cues than the x308 did. The exterior is clearly a Jaguar and sitting inside, you know you are in a jaguar as well. And I don't mean because of the leaper on the hood. The burled walnut and leather, the J-gate (like or not, it's part of the Jaguar feel), good performance and handling, but not at the expense of a great ride, four headlights at the front of a curving hood. It's all Jaguar. Thats why I bought an XJ* and not an A8 or 7 series. 6100 miles without any problems at all.
  • Hi:

    I am looking into trading in my car for a 1997-1999 Jaguar XJ. I have heard from several people that Jags aren't the most reliable cars in terms of their engines/mechanics. Can anyone offer some advice on this? Does anyone know where I can fnd out what specific problems to watch for in these years that I am looking at? Perhaps someone has advice in terms of which of these years would be my best best in terms of affordability and reliability.

    Thanks!
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