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Jaguar XJ-Series



  • hofiiihofiii Posts: 16
    Try and post your question. They are very familiar with all Jags. You will need to go to the X300 forum to do so. You're 2001 XJ8 is actually a X308(Jag technical designation) but is included in the X300 forum. I'm sure you'll find this site to be invaluable. I sure have! Good Luck!
  • Thanks will give it a look after work.
  • Just purchsed a 02 VDP. Always heard Jags were expensive to maintain. Can anyone give me an idea of what I'm getting into for repairs? Nothing in particular, just, a general idea . Car has 42,000. Cost of 50,000 miles service? Radiator flush? New belts? Anything maybe you had serviced to give me a general idea. Do you suggest I stay with the dealer for servicing? How about oil changes? Dealer? Cost? Thanks all Michael
  • Hi Guys! I have an '05 black on black xj8l. what products should i purchase to maintain the leather and wood interior of my car? Thanks!
  • hofiiihofiii Posts: 16
    2 suggestions: Try and go to the X300 forum and post your question. Secondly, google 'connolly leather care' for product information. Good luck and enjoy your Jag!
  • sag5sag5 Posts: 9
    hofiii - THANKS! I so love my jag! i want to take good care of her LOL!
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    Now that Ford has sold Jaguar and LR to India, the Brits can again say,

    "TAH TAH"!

    to another British tradition. :P
  • sag5sag5 Posts: 9
    Hey Guys! its me again, i am hearing an interior squeaking noise when i hit a rough road or when i turn sharp corners in my building's underground garage. is this normal? i had a problem before with constant squeaking noise but jaguar sent my car to the body shop and that is now silenced. i truly appreciate you guys! Thanks!
  • kothi77kothi77 Posts: 1
    I am currently looking to buy a 2004 Jaguar XJ8 with ~38k miles for around $23K. This vehicle was leased. I wanted to know if there are any maintenance that needs to be done at 40k or 50k miles (i.e. flushing the radiator, etc.) Also is this a good price for the vehicle. In addition, should I get the extended warranty and what is cover by the extended warranty. I am new to the Jaguar brand and would appreciate any help.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    You can do better on the price, unless this is a certified car through a Jag dealer. If it is another extended warranty you are looking at, be careful and research it.

    Go to I think they allow you to put in three models in one search. Do years 2004 to 2006, models XJ, Van den Plas, and XJR, and up to 100 miles from your home. You will see that prices are all over the place (depending on whether it is a competing dealer or Jag dealer or private). You could possibly get a VDP for that money, and remember, the listed prices are before negotiation. These are great cars, but they are not selling well, so you can get a 4 year old $70K or $80K car for about 20, if the mileage is around 40K.

    Don't buy a car that doesn't have the manuals and everything that it came with from the factory. The manual will tell you all about required maintenance. If you are buying from a dealer, they have to do whatever is due.
  • alonso1alonso1 Posts: 1
    did you ever sort out your electrical problems
    as i have exactly the same faults on my 3.2 v8.
    i have also tryed a new battery but to no avail.and the time between it restarting is getting longer..........regards alan
  • Car is used only once or twice per month. Battery was dying so I replaced it. Noticed the airbag light stayed on. Jag mechanic ran scan and found the diagnostic error associated with the seat belt pretension - circuit open. He said he's never seen this but was advised to check the wiring harness as part of this unit and check for a crimp or pinch...etc. Anyone seen this and can offer advice? Thanks. James
  • I am looking to lease what will be my 3rd Jag over the past 8 years. I am having trouble finding any real comparisons between the 2009 and 2008 XJ8. I have been offered a good deal on a 2008, but am trying to figure out if I should wait for the 2009 if especially there are changes/improvements in the tech package (i.e., 6 CD changer in the boot or IPod connectivity thru NavSys).
    Thanks for any input or suggestions on how to reserach this.
    JagMonkey56 :shades:
  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    My wife has a 2001 XJ8, owned it since new. We really like the car, however it has a tendency to wear out tires. The OE tires, the Pirelli 600s lasted only 7000 miles, partly due to the rear end's "toe" adjustment being out of spec, from the factory.

    I got that taken care of, and put on a new set of Firestone SZ50s. The car now has 16,000 miles, and I think I'll be lucky if they last through the end of this season! They're worn evenly, but that's only 9-10,000 miles out of these tires.....

    I know that both sets of these tires are "high performance", and as such, don't last forever. I also realize that the "big cat" is a pretty heavy car. But only 16-17,000 miles from the two sets of tires, on a conservatively driven car, is a bit much...

    How have you other XJ8 owners done on tire wear?
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    That is nuts. The XJ is NOT a heavy car. It is quite svelte for its size and price class. You may have performance tires. They wear out fast. If you want wear, not razor sharp handling, buy all weather tires.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    Our Michelin X has 78,000 on them with 4/32 tread left on a 94 Town Car.

    The XJ8 and TC weigh about the same, neighborhood of 4,000 lbs.

    I've never had to hang iron with Michelins, but carry chains in case they're required. :)
  • denhamdenham Posts: 76
    You have a Alignment problem. I have a XJ8 and present tires have over 26,000miles
    and show little wear.Just because you paid for alignment does not mean it was done
    correct, I own a Tire and Alignment shop and advise that you find a small shop that
    does Alignment using the yellow pages and explain your problem over the phone.
    Good Lucky
  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    Everyone, thanks for the feedback!

    The first alignment I had done, at around 6000 miles, when I first realized that the rear tires were heavily worn. I had this done at the shop where I had been going for the last 25 years. They got the car "in spec" however they told me that they had used up all the adjustment to get the camber adjusted.

    I just had the car done again at the local Jag dealer, beacuse the camber looked negative to me. They recently bought one of the newer "high tech" alignment machines. They said that there was a "little bit" of camber adjustment left, and they were able to make the necessary adjustments.

    Either way, however, the little bit of negative camber wouldn't cause an overall shortness of tire life. Inside edge wear, yes, most definitely, but not the remainder of the tread.

    I realize that "normal" passenger tires might last longer, however the car, in theory, should be outfitted with "Z" speed rate tires, and they generally are the 280-320 wear rated tires. As I mentioned, however, I think 10,000 miles is a little too quick to wear out a set of tires...
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    a 2006 XJ8 and XJ8L to my friend's 2002 XJ8, a few questions came to mind...

    1. the reviewers consider the 2006 XJ8 roomy, both front and back seats...did they lengthen the new design so that the 2006 XJ8 has the same rear seat room as the 2002 XJ8L???...(which would make the newer 2006 XJ8L even longer still???)...

    2. HID headlights are standard on 2006, along with adjustable pedals (I am rather short, and moving pedals are a dream for me), not an additional option???

    3. the standard 4.2L 300 HP engine is rated at 27 mpg highway...does anyone get close to this in real life???

    4. off the wall question...since Jaguar prior to 2008 (2007?) was owned by Ford (now sold to Tata Motors), are all those pre-2007 Jags covered under warranty by Ford, or did warranty responsibility also transfer to Tata??? other words, if I found a 2005/2006 XJ8 or 8L with 25K miles, and wanted the Ford ESP warranty, can they sell it to me, or is EVERYTHING now covered (or NOT covered) by Tata???...obviously, I would feel better with an ESP warranty from Ford...

    5. the reviewers, both editors and consumers, rave about the build quality of the newer Jag...have folks here found it to be solidly built with all the new aluminum on it???

    6. for those who have been in wrecks, does the aluminum dramatically raise the cost of body and chassis repair, and have your insurance premiums gone up much???

    Thanks for any offered thoughts...
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    Have you looked at a 2004 and up? They lengthened the wheelbase and raised the ceiling a bit, so you have more rear seat room. The L version has reclining rear seats, so you don't actually get the full wheelbase stretch for that model in additional leg room.

    The 2005 Jag has one of the best reliability/build quality ratings in its class. Jaguar, not Ford, provides the warranties. If you buy a certified used one, you can get coverage to 100,000 miles.

    The aluminum body is more expensive to repair and insure, but not as bad as the Audi A8. Jaguar will ship your car to a shop that does proper repairs if you are out of range of one.

    Mileage before 2008 adjustments was rated at 29 mpg highway. You should be able to get 27 easily if you are not driving like a bat out of hell.

    The 2006 on has some extra features included that the 2004 and 05 did not. Even more sound insulation is part of that.

    I think it is a great car, and it sure is a bargain used. Drive one and see what you think.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    That is what I am asking...the 2002 seemd rather low, but it looks like (on paper) that the 2004-up have raised the ceiling somewhat...

    Further, the back seat of the 2002 XJ8 is actually quite cramped...but, it almost seemed like the 2004-up XJ8 has more seat room whereas the "L" version was needed prior to other words, a newer XJ8 may have as much ear seat room as the previous stretched that correct, or am I just a failure at reading???

    Lastly, can Ford dealers around the coutry repair Jags, or only Jag dealers???...since I occasionally drive from Atlanta to Mississippi to vist relatives, if a Jag broke down, there may not be a dealer for 200 miles... :cry: :sick: :mad:
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    I don't think Ford dealers ever serviced Jaguars, except for the odd used one bought at a Ford dealer. Lots of service centers can service doesn't necessarily have to be a dealer.

    The 2004 and up XJ is classified as a large car. The 2003 and before was considered mid-size by the EPA. The legroom in a regular wheelbase XJ now is within half an inch of the amount offered by the pre-2004 long wheelbase version. But in addition, you have almost 2 and 1/2 inches more headroom. It goes from cramped before to quite adequate now.

    BTW, a Jag is unlikely to break down on a long distance trip. They are quite reliable and long distance driving puts the least stress on key components.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    "The legroom in a regular wheelbase XJ now is within half an inch of the amount offered by the pre-2004 long wheelbase version. But in addition, you have almost 2 and 1/2 inches more headroom."

    THANK YOU. That is the exact info I was trying to determine. So, buying a newer XJ8 (which seem to make up 90% of what I see on the roads, the 8L, of all years, seem quite few) will give me the rear seat room of the older 8L, plus, even as short as I am, I had to duck to get into my friend's 2002 XJ8...

    So, a 2005/2006 XJ8 will give the the dimensions (length) of the older 8L, plus the roofline is higher...sounds like a solution to me...

    Now I can add this car to my never ending list of "possibilities", which may surpass five thousand...if I live to be 200, I may live long enough to whittle down the list...

    PLUS: the 2006 is only 2 years old, and check the site of a local dealer, had them in the mid/upper $30s...another month or two, and the 2006 will be 3 years old, and the price may drop to the twenties...this could be nice...

    Heck, if I ever actually BUY another car, two thirds of the posts on these topics will disappear, and 4 hosts may lose their jobs, simply because no one will be needed to read the "few" remaining posts...:):):):):):):)... :P ;)

    Thanks, gregg, I needed those answers...
  • My 2004 XJ VDP message center states "Config A B"
    Anybody any idea what that could mean? The manual says nothing about a possible message of that sort, nor does a Google search.

  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    "hulsebos", off the top of my head, I believe it has to do with the trip odometer. You may want to select one of the trip functions, or refer again to the owner's manual, and see what they say about the trip function...
  • deadjagdeadjag Posts: 8
    Although this is an older posting, I have exactly the same problem with my 1999 XJ8. Runs fine from a cold start but after 10-15 miles develops 'restricted performance' computer message, runs rough, and feels like maybe one cylinder isn't firing. After cooling overnight, the message is gone but occurs again after driving 10-15 miles. Does anyone know the out come of 'pathdoc's' problem??
  • How do i change the battery for the original remote for 2000 Jag XJ8-L, Please advise me.
  • The dealer i bought the car said to use top grade gas, anybody know what will happen if i use the regular 87 grade?
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    Nothing bad per se will happen, except you will get a few less hp and slightly degraded gas mileage. Considering that the difference in cost between regular grade and premium is often no more than 20 cents, the savings are usually not worth it. Now, if you have the supercharged engine, I wouldn't use regular at all under any circumstances, but for naturally aspirated engines these days, the computer will take care of adjusting for a lower octane.
  • I believe that it says that Premium is"required" not recommended or at least mine does. I wouldn't use the regular gas. The engine is designed to specs that require premium. It's up to you.
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