'04 XKR. Very fast car.And very easy to drive fast,can be driven very slowly,also.Good ride quality,supple,yet taught,good fun on twisty A-roads.Very quiet inside. Excellent Interior. Reliability is the weakpoint,I'm sad to say. I bought mine with 20,000 miles on the clock,full Jaguar main dealer History. One week after buying it,Amber Engine warning light illuminates(restricted performance),Jaguar clear it,then driving home from repair,it appears again. This happens another two times! Finally,the fault is solved,and two months/250miles of happy Jag ownership pass by,when today,guess what happens? Yep,the Amber Engine warning light illuminates(restricted performance). This is poor,Jaguar! What's the point of building a car,when the dealer can't find the fault,let alone fix it? Suddenly my "Dream Car" is becoming a bit of a nightmare. I may have been spoilt by 10 years of reliability from various Honda's,but at least they do 80,000miles without anything going wrong! It's the same old story isn't it,Japanese Manufacturer makes car (NSX 3.2 V-6) just as fun as British sports coupe,then tramples all over British Firm with more reliability than old Father Time Himself! Didn't this happen 35 Years ago with the British Motorcycle Industry?!!! Unreliability is just another reason not to get one.If You're A Jaguar Fan,You Buy with Your Heart And Not Your Head!
This is my first Jaguar, which I have now had for three years.
The build quality is good and I have had few mechanical problems to date. The only one I recall was a difficulty with the automatic window setting for door opening/closing. This turned out to be a slack lead on the battery.
I enjoy driving my XK8, but the driving position is cramped and visibility is poor. I'm glad I elected to have rear parking sensors fitted.
All in all, it's a fun car to drive but somewhat impractical for normal day-to-day usage.
This is my first Jaguar, and my rating is based on two years of motoring, having covered 20,000 miles.
First, the good points. It has great lines, character, presence and looks more expensive than it actually is. The engine and gearbox are sublime, too, and the interior is of a very high quality and great for long distance comfort. The Jag is economical - I get on average 27mpg, with an equal mixture of town and motorway driving. It has an excellent air-conditioning system, with hot and cold air on demand. It also has a good stereo, though not up to Lexus standards.
Now the bad points: the XK crashes over bumps, wallows round bends and has light steering. In short, it's ungainly. Also, despite endless fiddling with the electric seats, I haven't got really comfortable. The bonnet is long and it's difficult to judge and the turning circle. You really must have rear sensors!
I've also found it impracticale - it has a tiny glovebox, two awkwardly placed cupholders and no door storage. The rear seats and boot are too small. In terms of value for money, this car cost in excess of £50,000 new, which didn't include cupholders, satellite-navigation, external door rub strips or memory positions for the seats.
So, where does this leave my summing up? It's a car to buy with your heart. I love the looks, speed and refinement. You need to learn to live with the visibility, impracticality and handling. Apart from that, I guarantee you'll feel great each time you get into it.
The XK8 4.2 Coupe that I now own is my second XK and is a far smoother car than the 4 litre that I previously owned.
In nearly 5 years of XK ownership, I have had total reliability and no major faults with either car. The servicing costs have been reasonable and the fuel consumption from the 4.2 is around 25mpg on a run - although this drops to 17mpg around town.
The best thing about the car is the way it looks. Launched in 1996, the car continues to look good after nine years in production. The engine and gearbox are strong and smooth and the ride is very good.
The faults with the car are the very limited headroom in the front and the handling which does not match the BMW 328i that I owned in 1998.
I look forward to seeing the new XK that is due to be launched in 2006. I have an early one ordered and have been to Geneva to view the concept car. The looks are stunning and I hope some of the packaging issues have been resolved as I am getting older and the current shape is getting more difficult to get out of as I approach 40!!
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