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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    I knew which part it was. The solenoid on the driver's side, top rear of the engine, with the vacuum hose leading to the EGR valve itself. Right? I checked to make sure voltage was going to it. It checked out OK.
    I saw the other one on the drivers side front. I wondered what that one did! Do they just put it there as a spare? Doesn't it do something?
    I'm not really sure if the front cat is bad. I may not replace it. I am replacing the O2 sensor, though. I don't get an engine fault for it. But, I tested the voltage, and it shows a range of 45-65 mV. Shouldn't it be 0-5V? It should arrive in the mail tomorrow.
    Today, I changed the fuel filter and spark plugs, flushed the engine, changed the oil and filter, and cleaned the throttle body and injectors. It's definitely running better. Seems to have more power.
    Yesterday, I thoroughly detailed it, inside and out, except for steaming the carpets. I'll have to wait till next weekend for that.
    If I don't do the cat(s), I'll use that money for a steeo upgrade. New Alpine head unit, so I can manually choose CD's while driving, and new speakers, probably Alpines, as well.
    I'm so psyched! My first Jaguar! Everybody thinks it's beautiful. A couple of car-ignorant friends actually thought this 8 year old XJS was new!
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    In your post to JMan, you mention $75 for a bolster. Is that the seat bottom cushion? Is the $75 for an entire new cushion with leather surface, or just to re-upholster the leather surface?
    Even though my driver's seat was recently re-upholstered, the passenger and rear seat bottoms are a tad worn and cracked. Shoot. If it's only $75 each, it's not worth my time to buy the filler, dye, and stuff from Leatherique, and spend hours doing it myself.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Swap those two blue thingies... will fix da "FUEL FAIL 37" Code.

    Very nice work finding them btw :)

    As far as CDs go, why not just get a 6cd changer that plugs into the factory harness? Alpine CHM S-620s sure as hell do and they go for $189 on eBay!

    That $75 was to have a "Leather Fixer Guy" re-spray the seats... NOT reupholster them in leather...

  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Will he fill the cracks, too? It's still a bargain compared to buying all the stuff, and trying to do it myself. Where do I find a leather fixer guy?

    I already have a changer in the trunk. That's why I'm gonna get a new CDM series head unit to go with the it. I want to be able to swap CD's while I drive. I can't seem to get 'em to fit in that little slot on the existing head unit. ;-)

    How the hell to I remove the old unit? I don't want to damage any of the trim, wood, or climate controls.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    A good one will fill the cracks too.

    Ask your local Luxury Car dealer who they use.

    Many upholstery shops do it too. I got a great guy but he's in Orlando...

    Radio? I got no idea honestly... I'll see if I can find out tho. I know how on the sedans..

  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Someone on an XJS forum told me how to remove the trim panel. It sounds like a piece of cake.

    There's an auto upholstery specialist near me. They charge about $95 for a re-dye. I don't know if it includes filling the cracks. They also don't offer a guarantee on dye jobs, only on re-upholstery.

    I'll check with the local Jag and luxury brand dealers. Maybe there's someone better/cheaper.

    BTW, I'm going to switch those solenoids tonight, when I swap the O2 sensor. Wish me luck!
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    When ya do the 02 sensor..


    Just a friendly warnin! :)

  • vusicvusic Posts: 53
    Beautiful car Gary, congratulations.
    Hey Bill, is there a special trick to freeing the headlight bulb in a '99 VDP? I tried to futz with it but didn't want to force anything. It seems it wants to remain clipped in the reflector.
    FYI: Our cracked wood panel is going to the folks in Santa Monica for repair through my service dealer. Thanks again for the tip.

  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    I had a feeling about that. I'll be careful!
    BTW, shtupped is Hawaiian for unhappy, right?

    I got a weird one. I was noticing a shimmying in the steering wheel which was even worse when I braked, which also caused a pull to the right. I assumed it was some front end thing like wheel bearings, tie rod ends, ball joints, bushings, etc. Maybe even warped rotors. Reasonable assumptions, right?
    Well...tonight I noticed the steering reservoir was low, so added some fluid to the mark. Guess what? The symptoms appear to be gone! As Phil Rizzuto would say, "Holy Cow!"
    Have you ever heard of that before?

    Oh yeah. I also cleared the fault codes by disconnecting the battery. They haven't come back. Does it take a while, or are things OK? I only ran the engine in idle for maybe 10 minutes, and drove another 5 or 10. But, the gauge showed a warm engine. (It was still a little warm from earlier.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    IIRC, Ya just twist it and pull it out. Odd... Maybe there's a retaining ring to unscrew first?

    If all else fails, try a sledgehammer. That will remove it.

    Gary: If ya dont fix it, the CHECK ENGINE light willcome back. Trust me. MEGA Weird onthe PS fluid tho!

    Hawaiian? Yeah. Lower East Side Hawaiian :)))

  • lucnoellucnoel Posts: 31
    on the passenger side,remove the plastic kick panel,and you will find the accessory plug.

    It is a black plug with 3 wires.
    Positif + ignition switched
    Positif + on all the time

    If you use the ignition switched + you will need to put a 12V relay in the fuse box in the trunk to work.

  • Can anyone recommend a good type of replacement tire for a 99 XJ8. The P4000's don't wear well and I was interested in something that performed as well but gave better mileage. I am in a unique situation in which my car had MXV4's that have now been shown to be out of round and I am going to get another set of tires from the dealer. Any suggestions on replacements? Thanks, Bill
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Not that anyone cares, but what the hell.

    Replaced the O2 sensor today. What a PITA! You can barely get a ratchet in there. Had to use a socket because the collar on the sensor is recessed in the downpipe. The old sensor was all messed up looking. It must get awful hot in that pipe! The car seems to have more power, better pickup. Is that my imagination, or is it really possible from changing an O2 sensor?

    Got all the tires balanced. (That's TIRES, with an "I".) Had to order a new Pirelli P4000. One of them had side impact damage. I didn't notice it before I bought the car. Because the other tires are so new, I could get away with buying one.

    The front rotors appear to be warped. Oh well. A pair of Brembo rotors and a set of Ferodo pads are only $120. I hope the bearings are OK. Rear brakes look fine. Good thing they're outboards, though.

    This stuff doesn't bother me too much. It's an 8 year old car with plenty o' miles, bought cheap. I compare the owning and driving an XJS convertible to having an incredibly beautiful girlfriend. A man will put up with a few things, just to be able to continue dating her.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    I like Dunlop SP5000s, also the P6000 Sport Veloces are really nice too.

    Hope this helps!

    Bill also
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Not that anyone cares, but what the hell.

    No. We dont care.

    LOL.. JK.. God.. you ask for it..

    Seriously, Yeah.. those O2 sensors are a serious PITA, hot? Cats can hit 4,000degrees I am told.

    Tires? Ouch :(

    Overall though, the car sounds like a honey!

  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    I'm also thinking the springs might be a little old. The car sits awfully low. It's hard to tell if it's supposed to be that low. It's obviously a low slung car. I seem to remember something from when I was younger that slips between the coils of a spring, and spreads it just enough to restore the original length.

    The ride also seems a little stiff, so I'm also wondering about the shocks. Is the "G" in Boge pronounced soft or hard? If I replace them, I want to use Boge, but don't want to look like an idiot (well...a bigger idiot), when I ask for them.

    The tire deal ain't too painful, $125 or so for the one bad tire.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I know that weak shocks are a problem on the X300s.. didnt hear about it on the XJSs tho, but after that mileage, its a possibility that they are weak..

    The G is hard in Boge :)

  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Would the low clearance also be due to shocks, or is that springs?
  • Bill,
    Are the tires you recommended good for Connecticut winters and can I expect reasonable mileage, 30-40k miles? Thanks, Bill
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    Bill the dumbass meant springs... arrgh!
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    No. use snow tires. Seriously.

  • 97vdpguy97vdpguy Posts: 111
    I just put a set of Dunlop SP5000's on my VDP (changed all 5). The ride is a little quieter than with the P4000e's. The only problem was that I first got the tires changed. They rode beautifully. THEN, I had my 37000 mile service done. They rotated my tires, and now I have a SHIMMY!! Ugh!

    So, I'll be going back to the tire place to have them make sure I'm well-balanced. Or at least that the tires are.. (Jaguar says they rotate for free, but they'll charge to balance them)

    The Jaguar dealer offered to "unrotate" my tires, but I think getting whichever one(s) rebalanced is the better option. The alignment checked out fine.

    The Jag dealer also did the EGR recall service. I can't tell any difference there, but apparently I have a shiny new EGR valve now!
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    BTW, replacing the O2 sensor, with a little help from the engine flush/oil change/injector and throttle body cleaning, has lowered the emissions DRASTICALLY. Hoo hah! I won't be changing the pre-cat downpipe after all. That's $340 and an afternoon of cursing and swearing that I won't be spending.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    I started an XJS topic in the Coupes and Convertibles forum. I invite any and all Jaguar lovers, not just XJS owners, to please come by and post to get things started. I'd hate to see it die a sad and lonely death.
    I certainly don't know enough about 'em to keep it going. Whadya say, Bill? Ray? Rob?
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I'll subscribe sos I can come on over and bug ya :)

    Oh yeah, a bad o2 sensor makes em get all wacky. Did it pass smog? What was the HC PPM out of curiosity?

  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Come on over to the XJS forum and ask me that! I dare ya!
  • I am seriously considering buying a XK8 convertible. Can someone inform me what is the best year to buy. Either 98 or 99 . Is there any difference between the two as far as reliability.
    Or do I really need to buy a 2000 model. Bill maybe you could shed some light on which model to buy. Or if anyone else has some input, I would like to hear your thoughts. I asked the mechanic at the Jag dealer and he said that the newer models were mostly Ford. He liked the older models.

    Can you get a white / Ivory with a black top?
    can you put a roll bar in the XK8 convertible?

    Thanks everyone

  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    98...99...00 All about the same to me from where I sit. No substantial changes really.

    01s got a light facelift.

    White cars came/come with Tan tops.Black top? You'd have to replace the top. MAYBE re-dye it.

    You may not want to pay for anew top.....

  • mvargo1mvargo1 Posts: 298
    Wheels changed slightly in 2000. Other than that cars are basically identical untill 2001. It is theoretically possibly that someone could have ordered a black top on a white car. Jag will customize colors on XK8's and XJ8's for a fee, but not likely.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883

    But its like that Antigua Blue X300 I had a few monthsago.

    Sure.. it COULD Happen, but that's the first Antigua Blue X300/X308 I have ever seen in N America.

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