XJR V8 ARE THERE ANY PITFALLS

XJR V8 ARE THERE ANY PITFALLS

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BLUETHUNDER

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7,880 posts

217 months

Tuesday 28th January 2003
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What are the pros and cons of xjr ownership.Ive seen a few on the market for around 15000- 16000.I recently had the pleasure of owning a straight six xjr and found the car to be an absolute dream,could it get any better?Any advice would be appreciated.

PlenumPete

96 posts

221 months

Wednesday 29th January 2003
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What are the pros and cons of xjr ownership.Ive seen a few on the market for around 15000- 16000.I recently had the pleasure of owning a straight six xjr and found the car to be an absolute dream,could it get any better?Any advice would be appreciated.


Only one 'gotcha' I'm aware of is upto and until 2000 or 2001, the Jaguar V8 engine used 'Nikasil' cylinder linings, so make sure a blow-by test is done.

chibbard

1,550 posts

217 months

Wednesday 29th January 2003
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Bluethunder, FYI - Over the past two months i have looked at quite a few on behalf of my brother (as i am a contractor for Jaguar Cars). We managed to buy a 1998 S reg 62,000 miles blue with Ivory leather, FJSH, excellent condition etc for 15,800. But note that this was by far a nuch nicer car than others we looked at for 17-18K. So take your time and look thouroughly. One other thing is if you were impressed with the straight six you would be very impressed with the V8. Happy hunting.

Fourwheeldrift

80,583 posts

241 months

Thursday 30th January 2003
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You need a big wallet and an account with Shell.

Apart from the back seats don't fold down so if you have something long or the same size (or bigger) than a 2 drawer Bisley filing cabinet borrow a van.

g4ry13

8,875 posts

212 months

Thursday 30th January 2003
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Depreciation but then by the time you're buying it at that age it has already taken most of its depreciation.

BLUETHUNDER

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Thursday 30th January 2003
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Fourwheeldrift said: You need a big wallet and an account with Shell.

Apart from the back seats don't fold down so if you have something long or the same size (or bigger) than a 2 drawer Bisley filing cabinet borrow a van.

Ive tryed to have a big wallet all my driving life, as i have always owned range rovers.Nothing else comes close to one of them for drinking fuel.

dcb

5,414 posts

222 months

Saturday 1st February 2003
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What are the pros and cons of xjr ownership.Ive seen a few on the market for around 15000- 16000.I recently had the pleasure of owning a straight six xjr and found the car to be an absolute dream,could it get any better?Any advice would be appreciated.



I think the XJR is the one with the supercharger.

I remember one time down my local dealers, a fellow
customer got charged something like 2,500 for some
supercharger repairs to his XJR.

Seems to be an expensive item when it goes wrong,
allied to the 70 plus VAT an hour the local dealer charges.

I assume you won't be taking your to an official dealer.

BLUETHUNDER

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7,880 posts

217 months

Sunday 2nd February 2003
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Nope no main dealers for me.I have an independant specialist near me,who are all ex main dealer

Fourwheeldrift

80,583 posts

241 months

Sunday 2nd February 2003
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BLUETHUNDER said:

Fourwheeldrift said: You need a big wallet and an account with Shell.

Apart from the back seats don't fold down so if you have something long or the same size (or bigger) than a 2 drawer Bisley filing cabinet borrow a van.

Ive tryed to have a big wallet all my driving life, as i have always owned range rovers.Nothing else comes close to one of them for drinking fuel.




Around town I get about 13mpg out of mine. 18-19 mpg on A-roads & Motorways. It is quoted as doing 25 but I've never had that. Might have something to do with me always having the sport mode on though

fatbutt

1,825 posts

221 months

Monday 3rd February 2003
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I was lucky when I bought mine last year as it had a 4 year Jag warranty with it! If you get offered a warranty - take it as I had it serviced 6 months later and the warranty took the brunt of the costs.

I drove a 6 cylinder XJR a few years ago and can say the two biggest differences between the V8 XJR and the straight six are:

1) Smoothness - the V8 is smoother
2) The interior - the V8 is far, far better

dcb

5,414 posts

222 months

Monday 3rd February 2003
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Apart from the back seats don't fold down so if you have something long or the same size (or bigger) than a 2 drawer Bisley filing cabinet borrow a van.


On the S type the seats do fold down.

On the X type and the XJ8 they don't.

I think even the new XJ8 doesn't have fold down back seats

dcb

5,414 posts

222 months

Monday 3rd February 2003
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Around town I get about 13mpg out of mine. 18-19 mpg on A-roads & Motorways. It is quoted as doing 25 but I've never had that. Might have something to do with me always having the sport mode on though



I only use sport mode about once a year, but I still
don't get anywhere near the suggested fuel consumption.

Over a year's and 10,000 miles careful motoring, I got
19.8 mpg. Quite a way from the 23 or 25 mpg claimed.

I think you have to drive it like a vicar to get anywhere
near. Certainly I can get it down to 7 mpg on a local
road, which has a smallish hill on it.


fatbutt

1,825 posts

221 months

Tuesday 4th February 2003
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dcb said:


Around town I get about 13mpg out of mine. 18-19 mpg on A-roads & Motorways. It is quoted as doing 25 but I've never had that. Might have something to do with me always having the sport mode on though



I only use sport mode about once a year, but I still
don't get anywhere near the suggested fuel consumption.

Over a year's and 10,000 miles careful motoring, I got
19.8 mpg. Quite a way from the 23 or 25 mpg claimed.

I think you have to drive it like a vicar to get anywhere
near. Certainly I can get it down to 7 mpg on a local
road, which has a smallish hill on it.





I get around 23mpg when I put it on cruise control, which I do regularly when I drive a decent distance. And I use sports mode about once every drive just for a laugh...



>> Edited by fatbutt on Tuesday 4th February 09:15