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Jaguar XJ-Series, Sedan
#2716 of 2806 While comparing reviews of
Aug 07, 2008 (6:21 pm)
a 2006 XJ8 and XJ8L to my friend's 2002 XJ8, a few questions came to mind...
1. the reviewers consider the 2006 XJ8 roomy, both front and back seats...did they lengthen the new design so that the 2006 XJ8 has the same rear seat room as the 2002 XJ8L???...(which would make the newer 2006 XJ8L even longer still???)...
2. HID headlights are standard on 2006, along with adjustable pedals (I am rather short, and moving pedals are a dream for me), not an additional option???
3. the standard 4.2L 300 HP engine is rated at 27 mpg highway...does anyone get close to this in real life???
4. off the wall question...since Jaguar prior to 2008 (2007?) was owned by Ford (now sold to Tata Motors), are all those pre-2007 Jags covered under warranty by Ford, or did warranty responsibility also transfer to Tata???...in other words, if I found a 2005/2006 XJ8 or 8L with 25K miles, and wanted the Ford ESP warranty, can they sell it to me, or is EVERYTHING now covered (or NOT covered) by Tata???...obviously, I would feel better with an ESP warranty from Ford...
5. the reviewers, both editors and consumers, rave about the build quality of the newer Jag...have folks here found it to be solidly built with all the new aluminum on it???
6. for those who have been in wrecks, does the aluminum dramatically raise the cost of body and chassis repair, and have your insurance premiums gone up much???
Thanks for any offered thoughts...
#2717 of 2806 Re: While comparing reviews of [marsha7]
Aug 08, 2008 (5:45 am)
Have you looked at a 2004 and up? They lengthened the wheelbase and raised the ceiling a bit, so you have more rear seat room. The L version has reclining rear seats, so you don't actually get the full wheelbase stretch for that model in additional leg room.
The 2005 Jag has one of the best reliability/build quality ratings in its class. Jaguar, not Ford, provides the warranties. If you buy a certified used one, you can get coverage to 100,000 miles.
The aluminum body is more expensive to repair and insure, but not as bad as the Audi A8. Jaguar will ship your car to a shop that does proper repairs if you are out of range of one.
Mileage before 2008 adjustments was rated at 29 mpg highway. You should be able to get 27 easily if you are not driving like a bat out of hell.
The 2006 on has some extra features included that the 2004 and 05 did not. Even more sound insulation is part of that.
I think it is a great car, and it sure is a bargain used. Drive one and see what you think.
Aug 08, 2008 (6:58 am)
That is what I am asking...the 2002 seemd rather low, but it looks like (on paper) that the 2004-up have raised the ceiling somewhat...
Further, the back seat of the 2002 XJ8 is actually quite cramped...but, it almost seemed like the 2004-up XJ8 has more seat room whereas the "L" version was needed prior to 2004...in other words, a newer XJ8 may have as much ear seat room as the previous stretched 8L...is that correct, or am I just a failure at reading???
Lastly, can Ford dealers around the coutry repair Jags, or only Jag dealers???...since I occasionally drive from Atlanta to Mississippi to vist relatives, if a Jag broke down, there may not be a dealer for 200 miles...
#2719 of 2806 Re: gregg [marsha7]
Aug 08, 2008 (7:29 am)
I don't think Ford dealers ever serviced Jaguars, except for the odd used one bought at a Ford dealer. Lots of service centers can service Jaguars...it doesn't necessarily have to be a dealer.
The 2004 and up XJ is classified as a large car. The 2003 and before was considered mid-size by the EPA. The legroom in a regular wheelbase XJ now is within half an inch of the amount offered by the pre-2004 long wheelbase version. But in addition, you have almost 2 and 1/2 inches more headroom. It goes from cramped before to quite adequate now.
BTW, a Jag is unlikely to break down on a long distance trip. They are quite reliable and long distance driving puts the least stress on key components.
Aug 09, 2008 (6:19 am)
"The legroom in a regular wheelbase XJ now is within half an inch of the amount offered by the pre-2004 long wheelbase version. But in addition, you have almost 2 and 1/2 inches more headroom."
THANK YOU. That is the exact info I was trying to determine. So, buying a newer XJ8 (which seem to make up 90% of what I see on the roads, the 8L, of all years, seem quite few) will give me the rear seat room of the older 8L, plus, even as short as I am, I had to duck to get into my friend's 2002 XJ8...
So, a 2005/2006 XJ8 will give the the dimensions (length) of the older 8L, plus the roofline is higher...sounds like a solution to me...
Now I can add this car to my never ending list of "possibilities", which may surpass five thousand...if I live to be 200, I may live long enough to whittle down the list...
PLUS: the 2006 is only 2 years old, and check the site of a local dealer, had them in the mid/upper $30s...another month or two, and the 2006 will be 3 years old, and the price may drop to the twenties...this could be nice...
Heck, if I ever actually BUY another car, two thirds of the posts on these topics will disappear, and 4 hosts may lose their jobs, simply because no one will be needed to read the "few" remaining posts......
Thanks, gregg, I needed those answers...
#2721 of 2806 Message centre says: Config A B
Aug 14, 2008 (1:07 pm)
My 2004 XJ VDP message center states "Config A B"
Anybody any idea what that could mean? The manual says nothing about a possible message of that sort, nor does a Google search.
#2722 of 2806 Re: Message centre says: Config A B [hulsebos]
Aug 18, 2008 (11:49 am)
"hulsebos", off the top of my head, I believe it has to do with the trip odometer. You may want to select one of the trip functions, or refer again to the owner's manual, and see what they say about the trip function...
#2723 of 2806 Re: "Restricted Performance" message in XKR [pathdoc]
Aug 22, 2008 (9:19 am)
Although this is an older posting, I have exactly the same problem with my 1999 XJ8. Runs fine from a cold start but after 10-15 miles develops 'restricted performance' computer message, runs rough, and feels like maybe one cylinder isn't firing. After cooling overnight, the message is gone but occurs again after driving 10-15 miles. Does anyone know the out come of 'pathdoc's' problem??
Sep 15, 2008 (6:38 pm)
How do i change the battery for the original remote for 2000 Jag XJ8-L, Please advise me.
Sep 15, 2008 (6:44 pm)
The dealer i bought the car said to use top grade gas, anybody know what will happen if i use the regular 87 grade?