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Jaguar XJ-Series, Sedan
Jan 12, 2004 (5:18 pm)
I wanted to offer a few observations on the 2004 XJR. I love mine. With exception of a few tweaks of the adaptive cruise module, it is a lovely solid automobile with no defects .
The '04 XJR is fast, but not scary, unless you take off the traction control and try to push it in wet or slippery conditions. I find the car very tame and lovely at normal city driving.
Of course, the XJR gets fast and gnarly when you push it, but it is very smooth and driveable in day to day driving....Better yet, I am averaging about 18 mpg in my XJR....I find that pretty incredible for a car with this HP. My 2002 Q45 with its lower HP V-8 got about 16.5 average MPG. The Jag's light weight and tranny give it great economy.
By the way, the alum body seems to actually be a bit tougher than my other steel bodied cars with respect to door dings, etc......I say that after watching a lady in an old car thump mine the other day...I could not find a mark!
With respect to the phone, I do not have the Jaguar phone, but my father does have an '04 XJ8 with the phone. He is not satisfied with the sound quality...but he is also 80 years old....so I offer that feedback with qualifier.
#1856 of 2806 do not miss CR when you look for a Jag!
Jan 12, 2004 (5:53 pm)
It will be a reiteration for what Jags have been and what they are. Also as I wrote in another post, do not pay over invoice price for your jag.
#1858 of 2806 Need advice! 89 XJS
Jan 16, 2004 (8:37 pm)
I am new to the world of Jags. Fell in love with an '89 XJS-12 convertible. The seller is asking 10K and while this is more than edmunds says it is worth, I am not sure about exotic cars. The seller says it has a rebuilt engine with 7500 miles on it and the car has 71,000 miles. It is in excellent condition. Don't expect to drive it much, occaisonal weekends.
I have several questions
1. Will this car appreciate?
2. How much of a headache is this car to maintain?
3. Is it reliable?
4. Are there any problems/quirks with this particular year?
Thanks for any advice you can throw my way.
Jan 18, 2004 (3:33 pm)
1) Yes, that one will appreciate
2) A big headache.
3) Sort of, it will leak like the Exxon Valdez
4) Electrical Gremlins - Air Conditioner stuff.
Jan 19, 2004 (10:27 am)
For some reason, I am not too thrilled with this Jaguar. I have to say, I was impressed with the X Type, the S Type and am in love with the XK. I also loved the 2003 XJ--a real classy vehicle. But the 2004 XJ just doesn't give me the "classy Jaguar" feel. There is something about it that makes this car unappealing to me. I haven't figured out what it is yet...
Jan 19, 2004 (4:09 pm)
That's interesting, because Jaguar went to extreme's NOT to lose the appeal of the XJ while redoing the car for 04. Wonder what they have subtly missed?
Jan 19, 2004 (4:54 pm)
I don;t think Jaguar missed a thing. To me, the new x350 has more Jaguar styling cues than the x308 did. The exterior is clearly a Jaguar and sitting inside, you know you are in a jaguar as well. And I don't mean because of the leaper on the hood. The burled walnut and leather, the J-gate (like or not, it's part of the Jaguar feel), good performance and handling, but not at the expense of a great ride, four headlights at the front of a curving hood. It's all Jaguar. Thats why I bought an XJ* and not an A8 or 7 series. 6100 miles without any problems at all.
#1863 of 2806 1997-1999 XJ mechanical problems
Jan 20, 2004 (5:03 pm)
I am looking into trading in my car for a 1997-1999 Jaguar XJ. I have heard from several people that Jags aren't the most reliable cars in terms of their engines/mechanics. Can anyone offer some advice on this? Does anyone know where I can fnd out what specific problems to watch for in these years that I am looking at? Perhaps someone has advice in terms of which of these years would be my best best in terms of affordability and reliability.
Jan 20, 2004 (5:41 pm)
Once again, A/C problems and myriad electrical gremlins, like power seats that quit adjusting, etc. If you don't mind fairly frequent repairs, they're awesome to drive. Try to get into one post 97. The Ford design was much better.