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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • Hello All,
    I purchased a Jag S-type 2000 4.0 last August and have put on a little over 5k miles ( don't drive this car too often). Overall it is a very nice car that get quite a lot of looks, here are the problems I have run into so far (minor, but still very bothersome)

    Had tyres balanced for high speed as a result of a "shimmy" from 60-70mph
    Reverse park control does NOT work all the time, and the button on the overhead console to turn off/on the park control does not always work.
    Replaced the a/c condenser and clutch (the Jag a/c is very weak and barely blows out any cold air even at the highest setting)
    Replaced coin tray, cassette box (I didn't get the nav system), and cigarette lighter, tray, and lid.

    Jaguar service also sucks, it is very hard to schedule an appointment at a dealership that you did NOT buy the car from. I purchased it at British Motor Cars in San Francisco and get it serviced at Jaguar San Jose.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Who, me?

    I bought a VDP S/C on Tuesday (Surprise! A Mint Silver/Ivory 2000 showed up at the auction in Orlando! Wow, 2 in 2 days!)

    Did 145 this morning on the way to the office :))))

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    Check it out.

    Oh, tree sap? BAD STUFF! Get it off the paint ASAP! I suggest finding a good detailing shop to have it removed professionally. If you're in Orlando I have an outstanding guy (long shot.. but hes awesome and cheap)


  • litlrivrlitlrivr Posts: 11
    I can assume a lease on an 01 XJ8. Thirty months and 26,000 miles remaining. Buy out $29,300 at end of lease. Car is immaculate Platinum on black hides. $1500 to current lessor, then $775/mo. to Jaguar credit. Good, so-so, run away???
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,779
    Thanks for the web site and the advice. I will make good use of both.


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

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    Sounds like its' on a 10K mile/year lease.

    Excess mileage is 20c/mile...

    Seems like a decent deal but why not just get a new one? I'd see what kinda deal you can do that way methinks...

  • ou814ou814 Posts: 12
    I am needing to replace the rear shocks on my '95 XJ 6 and am wondering if I should go with the factory Boge shocks ($149 each from Coventry West) or with Bilstein HD shocks ($104 each).

    p.s. Thanks for the lunch Bill. It was great to meet you.

    Rick in Omaha, still loving his decision to buy a Jag.
  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    Okay, so maybe I WILL be spending some money on repairs afterall..

    Last night on the highway, going around 70-80Mph at about 2500 RPM, my "check engine" light flashed and the car lurched as if the engine had momentarily lost power. The check engine light never came back on.

    For the rest of my drive home, everytime I would lighten up on the accelerator pedal, the car would jerk a bit as if it were downshifting, but it would do it with a noticeable "jerk". If I accelerated again, it felt fine. It didn't seem to matter what speed I was going. Whenever I would lift my foot to slow down or coast, the transmission would "thunk" and downshift. At very slow speeds, it felt like I was missing a gear. I could manually shift into 3rd and 2nd gear. They were still there as far as I could tell.

    Never having experienced the "limp-home" mode, I was wondering if maybe the car had switched itself into this mode.

    This morning after sitting all night, the car is behaving fine. On my way into work, I made it up to 60MPH. When I lifted my foot today, the engine smoothly downshifted. I had to really concentrate to notice it shifting gears. Last night, it was extremely obvious.

    I made a service appointment for tomorrow, but I'm curious what the nature of the problem could be.

  • Does the drain plug on my 95 xj6 oil pan have a right or left hand thread. Dumb question
    I know, but it's so tight, I don't want to force it too much,if it might have a left hand thread.
  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    I found the discussion thread on sticky throttles and such (msgs #284-#312), so I will ask my dealer about that tomorrow.

    It may have been a throttle problem initially, but it only really momentarily "stalled" once. The rest of my experience was with the jerky performance as the car decelerated. That felt more like a transmission issue than an engine issue. But what do I know, I'm a computer geek!
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Go with the Boges. $$ Well spent. I remember hearing on the Jag list that many people felt that Bilsteins rode too harshly.

    Although for a BMW M3... :))

    Good to meet you as well!

    Oh, and for the oil plug.. normal threads, think you need a 32mm socket.

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Ya know.. my 95 did something very similar.

    Like 4 years ago. She's been behaving herself since.

    I'd keep an eye on it but not to worry too much...

  • ou814ou814 Posts: 12
    It has right handed or "regular" threads. You turn counter clockwise to loosen it. You do need a big socket though, I think it is probably 32 mm as Bill stated. I used a big pair of vice grips the first time but the right sized socket the second time. It is on tight, no doubt about that.


    '95 XJ6
  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    Thanks, The Jag dealer checked the CPU for codes. There weren't any. They said it may have been water or air in the fuel line and to just keep an eye on it. I had just filled the tank earlier that day, so who knows... They said the throttle assy is cleaned when they do a service on the car, and it just had one done in March before I bought it. It'll get another one in about a month and a half when I bring it in for another 7,000 mile incremental service. It's been fine for the last 2 days.

    Dunno.. just one of those things, I suppose. No charge today. In and out in 20 minutes. Great service at my place!
  • k15056k15056 Posts: 5
    My 01 Westminster XJ8 has been flawless. However, somehow a rock must have bounced up and broke the lens on my passenger side High beam. At my 10,000 maint. I had it fixed. After I left the dealer I noticed my rear sensors weren't working. Then, later in the evening I noticed my Automatic headlight setting no longer worked. Then I noticed that the "small bulb" in the driver side high beam now stays on all the time while the headlights are on, but the "small bulb" in the passenger side high beam does not while the lights are on (but not on bright).

    Apparently the dealer screwed something up when they changed my headlight. While this is not earth shattering and I'll get it taken care of, it sure is a pain in the keester as I live 90 miles from my dealership.

    Any ideas on what happened?

    Best regards to all
  • The dealer conceded that the refinisher in California sent me someone elses wood piece. To correct the situation, they are sending it back, along with the wood piece from my ashtray cover to match the color.

    So far have waited 2 weeks for it's return. Hopefully, the color will match. (Burl is very similar so it's the color that's important to me right now.)

    Also, I noticed that the cup holder leather is a shade off from the rest of the console. I'm having it replaced for the second time. Anyone else find this to be the case? It appears to have almost a yellow cast to it.

    I'll keep you posted as to when my wood comes back.
  • vusicvusic Posts: 53

    Thanks for the heads up on the matching door panels. I made sure to look at them before they were to install them and wow!!!.. totally different shade and grain from the dash and console.
    They said that they would re-order another set but I'm starting to believe that your CA. people are the solution. I discussed it with the dealer and they seem to be accommodating if we have to go that route.

  • ou814ou814 Posts: 12
    I am wondering if my car is riding too low in the back. I have a '95 XJ6 and there is about 1/2 inch between the top of the tire and the fender lip in the unladen position. I noticed there was a Technical Service Bulletin which applied to my VIN about installing longer springs if there was a vibration at speed with 400 lbs in the rear. I don't notice the vibration but it just looks a little low. I really noticed it when I was parked next to a newer XJ8. It also appears that the newer XJ8s have a higher beltline and are "Boxier" looking in the back.


  • lucnoellucnoel Posts: 31
    Glad I could help.
    They can reorder a new set but the chance that they match is very,very slim.
    One of the reason is that wood color/shade/tint change with age and UV (sun).
    The company in Santa Barbara WILL do a perfect match and for cheaper than new ones.
    The dealer should have no problem since they are the "official" Jaguar re-finishing outlet in the USA.
  • I have recently purchased a 98 VDP and love this car. To a trip to New Orleans over the weekend and it was a dream to drive. Now for the Question:
    I want a 98 XK8 but " Does the car get hot on the inside during the summer with the A/C? I live in Houston where it gets 100+. I have never had a converible and have always wondered about the interior heat during the summer.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    I recently picked up an XK8 (A 98... Anthracite with Charcoal Interior to boot!) And here in Orlando its' been fine.

    Its' hot when you get in it but once you're in it I get nice and cool. Unless I put the top down that is!

  • Just picked up my car from the dealership.
    The wood piece they sent back to be refinished matches perfectly and I am now a happy camper!!

    One other question: Has anyone here bought an extended warranty from the dealer using Warrantech? What are your opinions?

    Thanks for all the support I receive on this thread!!!
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,779
    Like Bill, I have no problem staying cool in my XK8, and I live is So. California. I am sure that they use the same unit that they do in the sedans, and in the smaller cockpit of the XK8 it works juuuust fine.

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

  • jwilson1jwilson1 Posts: 956
    One trick I learned a few years ago when I owned a roadster will keep you cool much of the time with the top down. I assume you can get a tonneau cover for the XK8, if not from Jaguar then from the aftermarket. Looks real nice, imo. Then, on a hot day (though 100 degrees might be pushing it quite a bit!), turn on the a/c, direct one set of dash vents to go over your hands and into your face, and let the rest of the a/c collect under the tonneau and wash out over you ... real cool (& better than having the top up) in all but the hottest weather.

    another vein: has anyone ever tried driving with the top down in the rain? Is there a speed at which the rain goes over the top rather than coming in?

    Sorry to sound so weird today, but I really loved my roadster.

    Take care.
    Joe W.
  • Does anyone know if there is an aftermarket
    GPS -"On Star" kind of system that can be added to our Jags?

    If so, let us know.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    =D Glad yer happy!!

    jwilson: In light rain at 80-85mph I dont get wet. I keep the top down a lot as I am a chainsmoker (Iknow.. I know..) and I dont stink the car up that way.

    Christchurch: Dont think its'offered on the aftermarket yet. I dont see that it does anything that a GPS system and cell phone wont do in a much better way, although the accident and theftthings are nice... I'm sure its' coming.

  • Thanks everyone for the insite on the A/C in the XK8. I know my VDP cools off very quickly, even in Houston. What I need to know now is where to buy. Should I go to the Jag auctions in NJ or Florida? Or should I try to find one on line?
    Bill, what would be a good price for a 98 XK8 with low mileage? ( like yours ) Any Help.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Dealer auctions are for dealers...

    If you have questions relating to that, feel free to e-mail me: But I do buy an awful lot... wholesale is like $38-44K... depends on a lot of factors.

    Depends.. What miles? Color?

  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    My warranty is from Warrantech. I haven't used it yet, but it is supposed to cover "everything".
    The usual items are excluded, brakes, pads, rotors, etc. And so are those underbonnet covers that you rip when you drive over the concrete bumpers in parking lots!

    Mine has a $100 per visit deductible/co-pay. Can't I just add my car to my company's medical coverage?!?!?
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