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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • We just yesterday purchased a XJ8 1999.

    We had windows tinted. There was water dampness inside car from process.

    On way home, one window automatically went down anf the steering wheel moved.

    Returned and dealer said it would be okay when it dried out.

    Today it is still doing these things.

    Has damage been done? If not, what should or can be done?

    Taking it back tomorrow to dealer.

    Appreciate your direction.
  • hello! i have read several of your entries and i am so glad you guys are here to help us jag newbies. we purchased an '05 XJ8L a month ago with 34,000 miles. the car is absolutely gorgeous but we are hearing a cracking/creaking noise overhead around both driver and passenger doors. its not a constant noise, but loud enough that you can hear it over music playing quite loudly. has anyone experienced this annoying in your ear noise. i am taking my car to the dealer on friday, i would appreciate any experience you can share.
  • Welcome new Jag owner! Just some info that you will benefit from: Go to and post your question. You purchased an "X350" That is the Jag technical despription for your XJ. Go to the X300 forum which includes the X300 ('90 - '97), X308 ('98 - '03) and X350 ('04 to present) and you will have your question answered by a very technically inclined audience. Good luck! I use it all the time and have found so much useful info and answers to my questions there.
  • Note:You talked with the dealer and he said it
    would be ok when it dried out? I left my window
    down on the drive side and it rained and had the
    about the same problem. I would open all windows about half way and put a fan in the car overnight. The windows half way
    down will work best.
  • Thank you for the tip.

    I returned it to the seller, and I believe he is going to replace the "mother board" just to be sure.

    Can I assume you have had no lasting effects from the dampness?
  • hofiii, Thanks so much i am on my way to has been an invaluable source of excellent advice and problem solving with my chrysler. i look forward to chatting with you guys regularly, hopefully, no because there is problem.
  • sag5sag5 Posts: 9
    Hello Guys! i noticed that after a 20 mile drive, the area around the shift knob (where the p,n,r, and d are located) was warm/hot to the touch. should i be concerned about this? has anyone else experienced this. thanks!
  • The Jag boards here are dead. (I guess minus 40% in sales of XJ according to JD Powers is the cause). Anyway, I need to get some prices on the 07 and 08 VDP. Maybe the host can help me here but I don't understand the Edmunds TMV pricing of "what others are paying". It shows about a $700 discount on a car that I've been offered 13K off (07). How can I find out what the real market is for both a new one for both years?
  • Note: First I would check for best dealer price and service.
    The best price is not always best, and good dealer service is not easy found.
  • You may have no problem, but the transmission will
    get hot if the oil cooler fails. A failure of this type should
    show a code on the dash, but then again? I would drive the car
    and get it up and make sure the transmission is not hot. You said you drove 20 miles, but did not say how. 1 mile heavy
    city or steep hills is harder than 20 road miles on any cars
    engine and transmission. If the transmission is indeed hot, call a
    let us know if there is a real problem or not!
  • sag5sag5 Posts: 9
    Dennis thanks for your reply! i drove her approximately 40 miles to a dealer and the area did not heat up as it did previously, the plate was cool. i am not sure why the it got so warm that day, i did turn the seat heater on during that trip just to see how it works, i don't know if that would cause other areas in close to the seat to heat up. the seats didn't heat up but the plate did LOL. i am going to turn the seats on again to see if it heats up again. i so value the responses i receive from you guys. thanks again!
  • sag5sag5 Posts: 9
    Hello! my new car is black and keeping her clean and shiny has become my new obsession, i am looking for an excellent car cover, i purchased one off the shelf to protect her from the tree sap but when i remove it she is so dirty, especially, if it rains. do you guys know where i can get a good custom cover. thanks!
  • I got a really nice, fleece lined cover for my wife's '01 XJ from Griot's Garage. I shopped around, but all the "good ones" are pretty much in the $250-300 range.
  • sag5sag5 Posts: 9
    Leadfoot4, Thanks! i will try to locate their website.
  • Hello Hofiii, just wanted to give you an update. i took my car to the jag dealer and was told that it was not the headliner as we thought but it was actually a weakness in the roof joints that had to be resealed by a certified jaguar body shop. it was flat bed to PA, i live in MD. i thought that was very interesting. Jaguar is taking this problem very seriously and I appreciate that. thought you might want to know where i am with this issue.
  • I'm sure that they will take care of it for you. I actually had heard about this before. When Jag changed to the all alluminum bodies in 2004, this issue arose occasionally. I wouldn't be concerned since the issue is being taken seriously and has been identified. Best of Luck!
  • Having problems with the chimes randomly going off. A series of five chimes in groups of five.

    I assume this is a warning of some kind.

    Seat belts are on !!

    However, there is a light out on the rear light bar. Could this be the cause?
  • Thank you for your response.

    Drying out did not fix the problem. As a matter of fact, they only waited one day and replaced the necessary "board."

    Do have another electrical...kind of...question. The chimes go off five times in groups of five. I assume it is warning me of something. There are no dash lights on. The only known thing is that there is a rear bulb out of the light bar on the top of the trunk. Could this cause it?

    Making me crazy, not to mention concerned that I am missing something.

    And one more quick question. Sorry, but when I find someone who knows something, off I go :)

    The console how two releases. The bottom one being the phone.

    Cannot seem to make the top latch do anything.

    Suggestion? What is under there?
  • Hofiii, thanks for the reassurance. actually i am feeling comfortable with it even though i have owned this car for two short months. because i have received impressive service from my jaguar dealership, and jaguar's urgency in addressing and resolving the problem has put me in a calm place. not to mention, knowing you guys are out there if i have any questions. again, thanks!
  • hofiiihofiii Posts: 16
    You might try It is VERY helpful. Good luck!
  • robcavrobcav Posts: 1
    Does anyone know what is the best way to sell a used car. I purchased a brand new 1999 xjr, back in 1999 as a summer car. The car is garaged kept with 9322 original miles on it. The car has never been driven in the rain or snow. I may look to sell it and wanted to know what is the best way to sell it without taking a huge hit on it. So far I was offer 25,000 usd for it from a friends neighbor.
  • k2usak2usa Posts: 5
    $25,000 is a great price- Take it before they change their mind!
  • hofiiihofiii Posts: 16
    I totally agree. With the tensioner and nikisal problems common to that year, 25,000 is a great price even taking the mileage and condition into account. The car isn't old enough to be collectable. Take it!
  • I have a 1998.

    I receive approximately every 20 minutes five chimes in groups of five.

    I do not know if this represents a warning or if perhaps it doesn't think the seat belts are active.

    Question: Any idea what this would represent? Any reason I cannot disconnect? Had windows tinted and the "mother board??" had to be replaced on the driver's door. Could there be a problem in this area?

    Help as it is driving me crazy !!
  • OK I started looking at a 2008 mercedes C class (very cool car, but in high demand , nad certainly no deals being given) Not wiling to pay full sticker for this I started looking at pre-owned. I was looking at mercedes E-class, and on a whim one day i decided to swing by the jaguar Dealership. I have to say this is more of an emotional stop as I have always had a dream of a jag since reading the "Odessa File" as a kid. I think I pick up an '05 XJ8 -loaded including bluteooht and Nav and Ipod connector - for about $38K (so=und reasonable to you guys?) I like that it is certified.

    I have to say, i think the Merc is wonderful engineering, but BORING. Just not elegant, or really special looking.

    So I guess the feedback I was hoping to get from you nice folks was:

    1) Am I silly to follow my heart more than my head?
    2) shoudl I be worried about the expected sale of jaguar?
    3) what do you guys think of the difference in the driving experice between the e-class and the XJ? I am going to dirve the XJ today (I am very excited) so I will have my own opinion soon.

    Would love any feedback, support or jeers you all want to send my way. This purchase is of course occupying much of my mind these days. Would love some other - perhaps more informed - opinions before I slam down a $40k CHECK ;-)

    Thanks in advance for any inut!

  • You will love the XJ I am sure. Better driving car then the E-class and better gas mileage too.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    You will pay more for the certified car, but I have seen 05 XJ8 L's listed for less than that at dealers in the Chicago area. Saw an 04 Vanden Plas with navigation, DVD screens in the headrests, sunshades, etc. sell in Madison for $28,000 (silver/black with 40,000 some thousand miles). I've seen 05's listed for less than $38,000, even with miles only in the 20's. Look around. Compare on autotrader and You get a better idea of true worth by seeing what a Mercedes or Bentley or Buick dealer lists a used one for. At least it gives you some ammo for negotiating a lower price.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    If you watch Ken Burns, "The WAR" on PBS, you'll buy the Jag. ;)
  • I keep meaning to watch that and I keep missing it. I am just going to have to buy the DVD.
  • first, thanks for all the input and support. I really WANT to buy the Jag, just want to cinvnce myslef it is not a mistake. Drove a beautiful XJ8L this afternoon. Smooth as silk. Unfortunatly not a lot of opportunity to really put her through her paces. But in a couple of curves and red lights, I could get a sense onf the power under the hood. It felt really big though. (but I am used ot a small SUV) Want to make sure I don't feel like I am am driving an old land barge ;-) I will jsut have to go drive it aain....boy what a hardship ;-)

    Doe sthe XJ8 feel significantly more sprtiely than its 5 inch longer sister?

    And thanks for the inp0ut on pricing all. It seems that there is a pretty comon $6-8K premium going from a 2004 to a 2005 even with similar mielage. I don't think there was that much changed, So I may be focusing on a lower mileage 2004 now.
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