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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Oh, thanks for the compliments! I love being here, to tell you the truth - I've been around since early 1999 in one form or another and don't intend to go anywhere anytime soon. :)

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    Give it a try - you've got 30 minutes to edit your message if it doesn't look like you want it to.

    Again, welcome back - what's funny is that about a month ago your name at the top as the creator of the discussion caught my eye and I wondered what had happened to you - and then you turned up! Very nice to "see" you again.
  • bern3000bern3000 Posts: 1
    Hello everyone.

    My father-in-law's car stalls erratically after about 50 miles (or so) of driving. A number of parts have been replaced including the mass-air flow meter, spark coil, fuel filter....gas vents have been checked, fuel pump runs, gas tanks have been cleaned, wiring and distributor checked.

    After about 5-10 minutes the car will restart and run normally.

    Any diagnostic help would be greatly appreciated.

  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    Are you absolutely sure that the fuel pump is good? Sounds familar to an old problem I once had on an old Cadillac.

    Is the "50 miles (or so)" regardless of city or highway driving, or does one type of driving make it happen sooner than the other?
  • i have narrow my choices between these 2
    1997 Jaguar XJ6 has 79K and there asking $10,000
    1999 Jaguar XJ8 has 67k and there asking $15,000
    any reviews on personal ownership would be alot of help
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Master: Your final 2 are really 2 different cars. The XJ6 is the old pre-Ford Jaguar design, a fine Cat, but complete with the Lucas electronics nightmares and prone to dropping a quart of assorted fluids nightly from various places under the car. Not a low maintenance car, but a thrill to drive, to be sure - when you have her running.

    The XJ-8 is the new Ford owned Jaguar design XJ, which is not to say the car is any less Jaguar at all, but Ford had made some serious quality improvements in the company by then, and the new design of the XJ-8 proved to be much more reliable then the old XJ-6 was. Nobody liked it less that I've spoken too. The electronic nightmares were nearly gone. I think it's worth the extra money, myself.
  • sv7887sv7887 Posts: 351
    Hi All,
    The 99 probably has a Nikasil engine in it. I would be weary to so extent as Jaguar has replaced many of these under warranty. Apparently, high sulfur content fuel with short city driving affected the Nikasil liners in the engine. Have a blow by test done on it to see where it is at.

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  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    I have been thinking about the stalling you asked about.

    I would suggest a couple of things.

    First, I agree with another post that the fuel pump maybe should be replaced as it could be defective or failing and perhaps is showing this symptom when it is "stressed" (sounds familiar to the human condition - ha !) by temperature or flow volume.

    Second, I would replace the fuel filter, perhaps, once or twice. A vehicle of this age, if not driven on a frequent basis, could have developed sludge or contamination in the fuel system (picked up some bad gas). After a while, the filter will pull up enough sludge to foul the engine. The fuel system had to be cleaned.

    Third, check to the "throttle body".

    Fourth, again if not driven over a period of time you might have gas that has eroded to a gum - "shellac". If a vehicle is stored for sometime, even over the winter, it is wise to add "Stabil" to the gas to prevent this condition. A cure is to drain and purge the fuel system and clean the carberator and injectors.

    I hope some of these "thoughts" are helpful.
    Let me know what turns up.....I am curious.

  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    Let me "throw in some thoughts".

    I firmly believe, based on experience, that the late model XJ's >1996-1997- are the very best of the series. They represent the end point in the perfection of the in line 6 which is one of the best, if not the best, engines that Jaguar has built....a true workhorse, long lasting and very reliable.

    On the other hand, the "first editions (1998-99 maybe 2000)" of the XJ8's seem to have had some annoying "new edition launch" problems.

    Now about Lucus. They have been panned over the years and the butt of many jokes, some of which were "well deserved". But, they have been around for sometime and get blamed for some frustrating problems which as plagued other manufactures under some very good marques.

    But, I must say that my expierence over the years has been that Lucus electric in these late models (1996-1997) XJ 6's has been quite good as they perfected ie. -"worked out the bugs" - over the years.

    Bottom line is that if I were buying, I would look for and not hesitate buying a "pristine" XJ6 (1996-1997) which evidence some positive Ford influence.
    I really do love the "personality" of the XJ6 !

    If you like greater and greater Ford influence and the "newer engineering", I would look for a XJ8 in as late a model year as you can afford, preferably the last years before the new aluminium model (2004).

    Hope, these personal - "Jag Lover" - thoughts this give you some "good food for thought".

    These are really great motorcars with special personalities and demand well deserved TLC.


  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    I was wondering, by your "jag lover" (in quotes) comment, do you frequent that website?
  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    I did put "jag lover" in quotes.
    You made a sharp observation.
    Interesting site for us "Jag Lovers" !

  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    A questions came up the other day among us Jag owners.

    The discussion centered on the following:

    Is it wise to switch to a synthetic in older XJ 6 and XJ8 engines as the synthetics are touted as having longer life and better lubrication qualities ?

    There were conflicting opinions on this nor did anyone know if there an "official" Jaguar position?

    Anyone have an expert opinion / experience ?

  • christchurchchristchurch Posts: 125
    Over the years one of our best experts on XJ Jags was "Bretwood Bill"
    I am wondering if he is still around "the net".
    If so, I hope he will log on and give us his sage advice.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Not sure what happened to Bill - he hasn't been around for quite a while.

    I have a question for you. I saw a convertible Jag the other day in a parking lot that had no model name anywhere on it and didn't have the hood ornament, but it had a Jaguar badge instead. I believe it was brand new. It was gorgeous. What model was it, do you know? I haven't looked it up, just thought you might know what it was. It was really beautiful inside and out.
  • wbreaux1wbreaux1 Posts: 55
    Does anyone have any info on 2006 changest to the XJ? I assume they would be minor but wanted to see if anyone had heard anything. Thanks in advace.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    paper that Jaguar came in #2, behind Lexus, in JD Power initial quality...Honda dropped to #12...what is going on here???...
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That Initial Quality survey is so widely touted and publicized, yet it means precious little at the numbers it now represents if you break them down. Even between #2 and #12, you're not likely to see more than 1 defect in your car right off the bat, or still, maybe none. Until you get down to the Suzuki level, you'll hardly notice.
  • casetriscasetris Posts: 1
    Hopefully you all can help. Several months ago I bought a 2000 XK8. Unfortunately, there is no owner's manual. The "Low Engine Coolant" light has come on. What kind of engine coolant should I use?

  • lsmootlsmoot Posts: 1
    Hi all,
    I have a 1999 Jaguar Vanden Plas. I love this car! But in 3k miles it uses about 2 qts of oil. Is this normal? What might be the cause? Any advice would be great.
    Thanks :confuse:
  • pefitopefito Posts: 4
    I just purchased a Xj6 3.6L Sovereign, the car is in good shape and I only paid $ 3,500.00 Canadian.

    The problem is that the blower fan of the A/C Heater does not work. It was working on and off, then stop working at all and after that the push but toms for "auto", "manual" "air", etc. stop working as well.

    I read in that when ever this happens I should not replace the A/C panel. It says the the A/C panel malfunctions due to a faulty ECU. Control panel malfunctions are the same I previously described above.

    My question is: Does any one had the same problem and how it was solved. I would appreciate a comment of this matter.

    Today I took out the ECU (Electronic Control Unit" or computer and it has the following sticker on it: DBC 3784 and a red sticker: ABA 108 F2

    I also found a used ECU in a wreck-yard and it being held for me, the price they ask is $ 250.00 Canadian.

    If any one had a similar problem, please, help me out detailling what you did to solve it.


    Jose Villafane
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    I am beginning to think that you and I surf many of the same topics...if I didn't know beter, I would think I am being stalked...:):):):):)...missing emoticons...

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hey Bob - are you saying that you are not seeing the Emotorcons? There is some bug that hasn't been swatted yet which causes the preference to show them to turn itself off for no reason. If that's what you are talking about, go to the Preferences link on the upper left ... you'll see a place to turn them back on under Message Board Settings. They are trying to find out what's wrong, but it's so random they haven't pinned it down yet.
  • The1995-1997 XJ6 Jags were well engineered models in my opinion. They didn't have the reliability problems of prior models, however, the 1998-2003 XJ8's are the vehicles of choice. I would drive any of them, especially models after 2000. They enhanced the steering response and suspension of the 2000-2003 models that made the car even nicer to drive.

    I wouldn't touch a 2004 with a 10 foot pole. I cannot believe that Jaguar has the nerve to put a speed governor on the new models that cuts off at 121 mph. If I am going to pay 60,000 bucks for a car, it had better go faster than a Hunday Accent, even if I only go there once! A speed governor of less than 135 mph cheapens the Jag to somehing like a Ford Crown Vic.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Although I don't know where I'd drive it that fast, really, that is rather annoying....
  • reerybureerybu Posts: 5
    I just called my jag dealer and I have an 04 XJ8 and they said the unit is going to cost me 1,100 double the 05 cost!! What's that about? Anyone know where i can buy the unit and get my aftermarket stero guys to install it for me. I think that is crazy!
  • wbreaux1wbreaux1 Posts: 55
    Edmunds has the '06 XJ8 info. It's not even on They now show a combo package of Bluetooth and Nav, for 2,800, the combined old prices. I wonder if you can no longer get Bluetooth separate ????
  • cgrancgran Posts: 1
    I've got an '87 XJ6 that I need to pass along to someone with the time & space to make it nice again. It doesn't need fact it's a good car in most respects but probably needs the typical amount of mechanical & detail type tinkering you'd expect. If anyone is interested or has a recommendation of a place to post it for sale, please let me know. my email is thanks
  • reerybureerybu Posts: 5
    Anyone know what bluetooth phone works best with the new Jag bluetooth kit?

  • reerybureerybu Posts: 5
    Ok so if i get the Jag installed bluetooth kit, does the caller ID show up on my touchscreen in the car and can you choose contact via the screen also? Is all the data on the phone down loaded the computer?
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    I wouldn't touch a 2004 with a 10 foot pole. I cannot believe that Jaguar has the nerve to put a speed governor on the new models that cuts off at 121 mph.

    The aluminum XJR and Super V8's top speed is limited to 155 mph. There isn't an autobahn in North America.
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