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Jaguar XJ-Series, Sedan
#2074 of 2806 figaromd
Mar 27, 2005 (9:37 pm)
The new XJ has a curve that starts in the rear door, like older Jaguars. The previous XJ did NOT have a curve that started in its rear door.
The new aluminum XJ's outer headlights are bigger than the inner headlights, like the original XJ. Both of the previous XJ's headlights were the same size.
Have you driven the new aluminum XJ?
Which Motor Trend issue says the ride quality sucks?
I have driven a 2004 Jaguar XJR and was very impressed. I loved the view from the driver's seat of the hood. Brembo brakes are STANDARD on the new XJR and Super V8, unlike the previous XJ.
The new XJ uses magnesium in the seat frames.
"The complete body with weighs 650 pounds compared with an estimated 1,058 pounds for the same car in steel, 952 pounds for a Mercedes-Benz S-class, and 955 pounds for a 7-series BMW."
- from The Inside Guide to the all-new aluminum Jaguar XJ by Automobile Magazine
The new aluminum XJ's chassis is 40 % lighter and 60 % stiffer than if it were steel.
I think the new XJ is gorgeous. Here is a 2004 XJR in Zircon.
The 2005 Jaguar Super V8, the XJ flagship, weighs over 800 pounds less than the BMW 760Li. It is shown below.
XJ's aluminum chassis
The 2005 Jaguar XKR is also gorgeous.
Jaguar's 4.2 V-8 does not have the potential timing chain tensioner or nikasil problems of 4.0 V-8 from the 97-00 XK8 and 98-00 XJ8. It is MUCH smoother than the 4.0 V-8. Here is Jaguar's 4.2 390 hp supercharged V-8
The 6 speed ZF automatic transmission used in new V-8-powered Jaguars is much smoother and responsive than the previous 5 speed automatic transmission used in older V-8-powered Jaguars.
The next-generation Jaguar XK8 will use the new XJ's aluminum chassis. It will have to meet new European pedestrian safety regulations. The next S-Type will likely also use the new XJ's aluminum chassis.
#2075 of 2806 advertising
Mar 27, 2005 (9:58 pm)
Jaguar needs to advertise more pictures of the XJ's aluminum chassis and facts about it.
#2076 of 2806 Re: figaromd [xkss]
Mar 28, 2005 (9:57 am)
very impressive specs indeed for a Ford.
#2077 of 2806 figaromd
Mar 28, 2005 (11:13 pm)
The new aluminum XJ is all-Jaguar. British Leyland certainly didn't help Jaguar much in the 1970s and 1980s. They gave them the horrible reliability that they are known for to this day. Millions were invested in the 1995-1997 XJ and it is still a very reliable car.
Jaguar's V-8 is an all-Jaguar V-8. The new 4.2 V-8 does not have the potential timing chain tensioner or nikasil problems of the 98-00 XJ8. Check the following link:
I find it sad for someone to write off a car without showing any facts or even driving the car. Which issue of Motor Trend said that the ride quality of the new XJ sucks?
#2078 of 2806 Re: figaromd [xkss]
Mar 29, 2005 (10:38 am)
Here is the link to Edmunds article --
An excerpt --
...Something else to think about: ride quality. Generally, the long-wheelbase XJ treats its occupants to a smooth, luxurious ride. However, the suspension loses too much composure over bumps, dips and highway expansion joints — to the point that these impacts become an event for rear passengers. Heard from the Jag's backseat on one two-hour drive: "This car doesn't ride too well, does it?"
#2079 of 2806 I've driven one.....
Mar 29, 2005 (5:31 pm)
And I thought the drive and the ride were exceptional myself..... YMMV, of course.
Mar 29, 2005 (11:20 pm)
This is extremly off topic. But this was the most recent forum that people were responding to. So Im hoping that you can help me. First of all. Im not rich. I would love to own one of the super v8s. But... Im only 16!! Maybe once im working for jag, and making the big bucks I will own one. NE way. As I said, Im 16. And the time has come for me to buy a car. I wanted somthing that was good on gas and would turn heads. So I have descided on buying an xjs. But I have the choice of a v6 or a v12(obviously the latter being the less economonal). The v6 would give me the fuel economy I want. And the v12 would surly show everybody up... including the teachers!! But what I want to know, is if there are any products that will save fuel for the v12. OR, are there any performance parts for the v6 that improve the perforance drastically. I have been looking for ever. But cannot find any performance parts or stuff like that. I also want some stuff to make it look cooler, like... body kits, hood scoops, wings, ect.( but nothing that will disrupt the smooth lines of the caror make it look fast and the furiousey). CAn any body help a desperate kid???
(if ne body helps)
#2081 of 2806 Re: xjs [canadian*guy1]
Mar 30, 2005 (12:08 am)
First off - the 6 isn't a v6, it's inline. The only Vs offered in Jags that are 6s are in the X and S types of late. No XJs had them that I know of. Get the 12, because fuel economy will be your last concern. Repairs will be your biggest expense - these fine cats are wonderful, but not cheap to maintain. They are very finely crafted machines, but need a lot of love and maintenance to keep running, and all European cars of that vintage did. Get the 12. You'll love it.
Mar 31, 2005 (1:36 am)
one review of the XJ says the ride quality isn't great. Who cares?
#2083 of 2806 if wanting a Jaguar Super V8 as a first car
Mar 31, 2005 (1:38 am)
for a 16-year-old, try something that costs less.
A 1995-1997 XJ6 is reliable and much more affordable.