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Used Jaguar XK Convertible 1996 - 2006 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Advice for buyers

Jaguar XK Convertible (96 - 06)
  • Jaguar XK Convertible (96 - 06)
  • Jaguar XK Convertible (96 - 06)
Used Jaguar XK Convertible 1996 - 2006 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Jaguar XK sports?

There's plenty to go wrong and you should expect it to. According to the What Car?/Warranty Direct Reliability Index, Jaguars aren't reliable and are costly to fix. Watch that hood in particular. If the motor fails or the fabric tears, repairs will cost a mint.

Older engines can suffer bore wear - watch for misfires and exhaust smoke as you blip the throttle. Timing chain rattles also need some investigation because a relatively cheap repair to the tensioner can prevent a much dearer engine rebuild.