I'm surprised by some of the negative reviews regarding reliability on this car. I had an XK8 Convertible for 2 years and now an XKR Convertible for 5 years. All right, the XK8 had an engine replacement (done free of charge by my local dealer who had always serviced it), in the infamous "bore lining wear" period around 2001 (as did many BMWs on the quiet) but apart from that, the reliability and servicing on both cars has been great. Services at my local dealer in Preston average around £300 a year. Naturally fuel and tyres etc aren't cheap but neither car has needed much outside the normal schedule.
I'm even wondering whether to swap to a new XKR, or keep this one, as it still drives well (if a little more of a luxury car than a GT and it isn't really a sports car - I just tried the new Aston Vantage Sportshift and that felt like a jerky, difficult, noisy brute after this). It always draws looks even 5 years on. I think this will be more of a long term classic than the new one. Though I think I'll be swapping anyway....!!
In summary, I find the car hard to fault for what it is.
This car is an embarassment to Ford and Jaguar. I've done 69,000 miles now on a 99 Convertible.
The timing chain guide has broken, I have intermittent stability control/traction control failure yielding a barely moving car, air conditioning shaking yielding a car not able to run, no start up crank with the key in the ignition, restricted performance leading to me having to change the throttle body, plugs, mass airflow meter and timing chains.
I will have spent £8000 (£2500 of mine and the rest from warranty company) in two years and 10,000 miles of driving after the latest throttle body change and no one is assured that this will solve the problem.
Ford may own Jaguar but Jaguar is still a gorgeous woman with a black widow soul. Plus the corporation just does not care.
Generally, my XKR400 has been a pleasure to own and drive. It certainly looks good in black and still turns heads when driving around town. On the road, it can be simple to drive, such as during the wife's school run, or as fast as you personally feel comfortable with. Servicing is no more expensive than Saabs I've previously owned.
On the downside, its build quality could be better. It has been back to the garage on a number of occaisions to fix simple, but annoying, things such as rattles in the dashboard and in the nearside door.
In general, my relationship with the car has been positive and I would recommend it to any other male going through a mid-life crisis, such as I am apparently doing.
It was love at first sight. The only critism I can make is my car did not have reverse aid as standard. This is a must with the hood up.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!