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#2581 of 2806 Re: Shift Lever Sticking in MSG# 1896 [tibimakai]
Apr 25, 2007 (8:47 am)
I have an 95' XJ6 VDP and today I drove an 2004 XJ8. Thinking to replace the XJ6 with the new XJ, but after driving it today I'm not sure about it any more.
From outside it looks bigger but from inside, I can swear that is no different(in size) that my old XJ6. It fills that I sit taller. The trunk is definitely bigger(deeper) since they relocated the gas tank.
It fills fast, but I didn't fill that way faster filling that I was expected after my XJ6.
Was this at a dealership? I'm guessing not, only because there was no one present that was educated enough to point out the many differences between the cars.
The interior room on the new generation is much improved, and it makes no sense that you did not notice it. The pesky handbrake is no longer an issue, and the headroom is volumes more. While the new generation car retained much of the "look" of the old generation (a subject of much debate), there is hardly anything that is the same between the two.
The new generation advanced aluminum car is truly a much better automobile. If you had been at a dealership, the salesman should have been able to tell you a very long list of differences, and even been able to point them out to you so you could see them. Since you have the old model, you could easily have done a side by side comparison.
It sounds like you have an "impression" of the '04, as opposed to solid information about it.
I suggest a visit to your local Jaguar dealer, and see if they have an '04, and an educated salesman who can properly demonstrate and explain the car for you. At that point, your decision (whatever it might be) will be based upon solid information.
#2582 of 2806 Re: Cooling Fans stay on after engine off - 2002 XJ8 [ausiejag]
Apr 29, 2007 (3:53 am)
I had a similar problem with my 2001 XJ8 with the fan staying on long after the car was turned off. The dealer replaced the thermostat, checked for coolant leaks and bled air line and that took care of the problem. It has been more than two years and it is fine.
#2583 of 2806 Looking into XJ8 - Reliability?
May 01, 2007 (10:34 am)
Hi, I am a newbie in this forum and would appreciate some advice or help.
I am looking into a 2002 or 2003 XJ8 either Sport or VDP but I am little bit worried about reliability and cost of repair/service. Can anybody give me some advice? I currently have two MB's (C280, ML350) and did not really have any problems. How does the Jag compare? How are the Jaguar dealers in terms of their service? So far my experience with MB had been great but I heard from other people who got srewed.
I saw a few XJ from 2002/3 with 30-50000 miles in price range of $20-24000. Does that seem reasonable? Also, do you guys recommend to get one with the Jaguar certified warranty?
Can anybody recommend a good Jag dealer in New England (I live in the Danbury area)?
I would appreciate any comments, help or advice!
You can also email me: matthes_usyahoo.com
#2584 of 2806 Re: Looking into XJ8 - Reliability? [mstender]
May 01, 2007 (11:53 am)
If you can, go for an '04. Very significant changes for 04 in build (all aluminum frame saving +/- 500 lbs) inertior headroom, nav system etc. I had liiked at 03's, but saw a huge difference in '04's. I managed to get a '04 XJR with 64000 for 28K last fall. It is an amazing car. 10,000 miles later, no problems, great service (Ray Cantena in NJ) and from everything I hear and have experienced, this is a bullet proof model. I'd look for 30-40K miles in an XJR and expect to pay 33-35, 28 if you look hard. You will still have a year and some miles on the warranty to make you comfortable.
#2585 of 2806 Re: Looking into XJ8 - Reliability? [k2usa]
May 01, 2007 (2:13 pm)
thanks for the info.
Is the '04 really that much better of a car? I knew that they completely redesigned the XJ on '04, but is it really worth spending $10K more (which I don't have)? I actually found a couple of '03 VDP's that are very nicely equipped even with GPS nav.
My greatest worry really was reliability and service.
#2586 of 2806 Re: Looking into XJ8 - Reliability? [mstender]
May 01, 2007 (4:39 pm)
The Current Gen XJ8(2004 to present) was the most reliable car in the UK according to one survey. I don't remember which year won the award but I think it was 2005. If you look hard enough you won't have to pay too much more for a 2004 XJ8.
#2587 of 2806 Re: Looking into XJ8 - Reliability? [k2usa]
May 02, 2007 (5:06 am)
I bought a 98 VDP about a year and half ago with 86,000 miles on it for 12,000 and have had nothing but pure enjoyment from the beauty. These cars are taken care of by thier owners and from 1998 on, the reliability issue has pretty much gone away. The electrical issues that existed before have been eliminated because of Fords involvement. You'll love a 98-03 well taken care of Vanden Plas. They are the ultimate driving experience.
#2588 of 2806 Re: Looking into XJ8 - Reliability? [hofiii]
May 02, 2007 (6:45 am)
Thanks for the info hofiii!
Did you get any additional warranty for your '98 VDP? I heard that a lot of people have issues with not enough headroom in the '98-'03 XJs. Do you have any problems?
#2589 of 2806 Re: Looking into XJ8 - Reliability? [mstender]
May 02, 2007 (8:17 am)
Matt - I saw your question on the High-End forum, and I answered you there.
Just to be sure, I will say the same thing here. I want to make it clear as possible that if you can swing it, GET THE '04 OR NEWER!
Take the time to learn the differences... as similar as they look, the new generation cars are completely different from the older generation. They are absolutely better, without a doubt. Yes, you might find a nice older model, it's true, but the difference in the reliability statistic is huge, and the car is much better designed and engineered.
Prove it to yourself by looking closely, driving them, and studying up a bit. You'll see for yourself.
#2590 of 2806 Re: Looking into XJ8 - Reliability? [mstender]
May 02, 2007 (9:08 am)
I did not purchase a warranty. I drive the Jag just for fun and on long trips. Not much stop and go driving. I'm 5'9" and weigh 165lbs and have no problems with roominess. The Jag really isn't designed for large frame people especially in the front seats. It is by far the best driving car outside of the Rolls Royce that I've ever driven.