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Jaguar XJ-Series, Sedan
#1880 of 2806 XJ - Front end Grille.
Feb 14, 2004 (9:09 am)
We currently have a 2000 S-Type and I am interested in the new XJ sedan. Recently I had our S-Type into the dealer for an oil change and had the opportunity to go over the new XJ sedan in their showroom very throrougly. The car is magnificent on the inside, I could not find one fault whatsoever. Feel the exterior styling could have been much better, but it is ok! The real turn-off that I encountered, was the very cheap looking black plastic grille. It really takes away from the rest of the car, no doubt some Ford Motor penny pinching at work here. I've always felt that when it comes to luxury cars, hide the penny pinching if you must pinch. Anyway! I recently heard that Jaguar will be making slight changes to the 2005 XJ sedan due out this coming fall. Would anyone have information as to the XJ's Grille being changed? Even if they only chrome plated the black plastic, it would be a big improvement. Otherwise the new XJ is a superb continuation of the 30 year heritage of the XJ line. I strongly feel that the interior is much more elegant and luxurious than Mercedes, BMW or Lexus. Nice to see Jaguar winning on interiors right now!
Feb 14, 2004 (5:39 pm)
Funny how everyone blames Ford for the cheap stuff, when Ford took Jaguar out of bankruptcy and drastically improved the reliability of the brand. That black plastic grill isn't cheap, it's lightweight, and the blackout is by design, because the stylist believed it looked better. All grilles are plastic now for weight and replacement cost when smashed.
Feb 15, 2004 (4:15 pm)
I haven't seen the grille on the 04 XJ, but they did the same thing on the 97. After I bought the 97, I replaced the black plastic with chrome vanes. Looks 1000 percent better. If the grille vanes are the same as the x300 and x308's, they could be replaced on the 04. I thought the black plastic was like looking at a beautiful woman who had no teeth.
Feb 15, 2004 (6:10 pm)
is it just me, or does the new jaguar xj sedan bear a striking resemblance to the new kia amati sedan? (tee hee!)
#1885 of 2806 To buy or not to buy a 2001 XJ8???
Feb 15, 2004 (6:11 pm)
I am able to get a really good price on a 2001 XJ8 though a friend that works for a Jag dealership. I know he has my best interest at heart. He is providing a XJ8 with 28K on the clock, in prestine condidion, Select Edition, in the $26K range. My big question is.......am I going to be visiting my local jag dealer on a frequent basis and spending lots of dollars? I have read the horror stories on this forum and am quite concerned. I am used to the Japanese high end vehicle, I have no problems and am wondering if this is going to be a huge change to the negitive upon switching to the XJ8. All advise will be appreciated. Thanks to all...Rich
Feb 16, 2004 (1:03 pm)
Some of my friends don't have any significant problems with post 1997 Jags - but mostly, my impression is you will need more done than you're used to with your Japanese car. If you're not up to "some" maintenance, stay in Japan, because the Europeans don't have a problem with a little "service" once in a while. IT's not their culture or goal to produce "perfection", they produce "performance" vehicles. But maintenance is expected. Expect some.
#1887 of 2806 To buy or not to buy a 2001 XJ8???
Feb 16, 2004 (1:26 pm)
I agree with Nvbanker if you are worried about maintenance keep on looking but if you are willing to put up with a few problems. There's nothing like a Jaguar to distant yourself from the
crowd plus a Select Edition car will have an extended warranty. So do you want to step away from the crowd
Feb 17, 2004 (7:33 am)
Thank you for your input. I guess we can not have it both ways. Too bad.......the XJ8 is one hell of a car and I am not positioned to service and/or repair it as what seems to be necessary.
#1889 of 2806 To put it in perspective.....
Feb 17, 2004 (9:14 am)
You'll be keeping a list of "stuff" that needs attention between oil changes. Some of them will cure themselves, by the way. When you go in for your 5000 mile service, you will give the list to the service writer and the other stuff will get done too. It's rare you will have anything that needs immediate attention come up between service intervals.
That's not like a Lexus, but it's tolerable to me, and a worthy trade off for the fun of driving the Jag.