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#2704 of 2806 Advice on 2004 Jaguar XJ8
Apr 15, 2008 (6:33 pm)
I am currently looking to buy a 2004 Jaguar XJ8 with ~38k miles for around $23K. This vehicle was leased. I wanted to know if there are any maintenance that needs to be done at 40k or 50k miles (i.e. flushing the radiator, etc.) Also is this a good price for the vehicle. In addition, should I get the extended warranty and what is cover by the extended warranty. I am new to the Jaguar brand and would appreciate any help.
#2705 of 2806 Re: Advice on 2004 Jaguar XJ8 [kothi77]
Apr 16, 2008 (5:02 am)
You can do better on the price, unless this is a certified car through a Jag dealer. If it is another extended warranty you are looking at, be careful and research it.
Go to autotrader.com. I think they allow you to put in three models in one search. Do years 2004 to 2006, models XJ, Van den Plas, and XJR, and up to 100 miles from your home. You will see that prices are all over the place (depending on whether it is a competing dealer or Jag dealer or private). You could possibly get a VDP for that money, and remember, the listed prices are before negotiation. These are great cars, but they are not selling well, so you can get a 4 year old $70K or $80K car for about 20, if the mileage is around 40K.
Don't buy a car that doesn't have the manuals and everything that it came with from the factory. The manual will tell you all about required maintenance. If you are buying from a dealer, they have to do whatever is due.
#2706 of 2806 Re: XJ-8 Engine Failure Mode [jeffk]
May 26, 2008 (9:36 am)
did you ever sort out your electrical problems
as i have exactly the same faults on my 3.2 v8.
i have also tryed a new battery but to no avail.and the time between it restarting is getting longer..........regards alan
#2707 of 2806 1998 XJR airbag light just came on
Jun 24, 2008 (3:00 pm)
Car is used only once or twice per month. Battery was dying so I replaced it. Noticed the airbag light stayed on. Jag mechanic ran scan and found the diagnostic error associated with the seat belt pretension - circuit open. He said he's never seen this but was advised to check the wiring harness as part of this unit and check for a crimp or pinch...etc. Anyone seen this and can offer advice? Thanks. James
#2708 of 2806 2009 v 2008 XJ8 : which to lease?
Jul 22, 2008 (9:37 am)
I am looking to lease what will be my 3rd Jag over the past 8 years. I am having trouble finding any real comparisons between the 2009 and 2008 XJ8. I have been offered a good deal on a 2008, but am trying to figure out if I should wait for the 2009 if especially there are changes/improvements in the tech package (i.e., 6 CD changer in the boot or IPod connectivity thru NavSys).
Thanks for any input or suggestions on how to reserach this.
Aug 03, 2008 (2:56 pm)
My wife has a 2001 XJ8, owned it since new. We really like the car, however it has a tendency to wear out tires. The OE tires, the Pirelli 600s lasted only 7000 miles, partly due to the rear end's "toe" adjustment being out of spec, from the factory.
I got that taken care of, and put on a new set of Firestone SZ50s. The car now has 16,000 miles, and I think I'll be lucky if they last through the end of this season! They're worn evenly, but that's only 9-10,000 miles out of these tires.....
I know that both sets of these tires are "high performance", and as such, don't last forever. I also realize that the "big cat" is a pretty heavy car. But only 16-17,000 miles from the two sets of tires, on a conservatively driven car, is a bit much...
How have you other XJ8 owners done on tire wear?
#2712 of 2806 Re: XJ8 tire wear [leadfoot4]
Aug 03, 2008 (3:25 pm)
That is nuts. The XJ is NOT a heavy car. It is quite svelte for its size and price class. You may have performance tires. They wear out fast. If you want wear, not razor sharp handling, buy all weather tires.
#2713 of 2806 As for tire mileage
Aug 04, 2008 (8:15 am)
Our Michelin X has 78,000 on them with 4/32 tread left on a 94 Town Car.
The XJ8 and TC weigh about the same, neighborhood of 4,000 lbs.
I've never had to hang iron with Michelins, but carry chains in case they're required.