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#88 of 2806 xj series jaguars
Mar 30, 2001 (8:16 pm)
Hello to all:
I just bought a 1998 xj8 after nearly two months of shopping. Like many others who buy a Jaguar, this was my dream car. There is nothing like it for the exceptional beauty and styling, is there?
So, here's the story. I have been driving Japanese cars for ten years and came down to the Jaguar and Lexus as the final candidates. Obviously the kitty grande won. I bought the car from a reputable dealer and they have been great. However, after only three weeks of ownership, I'm feeling as if the blush is coming off this rose.
The new brakes put on the car when I bought it squeak mercilessly and a left turn often results in a low growl/whine from the right wheel side of the car. Yes, it has been back to the dealer already for these problems which were assumed to be fixed ( correction of the right wheel bearing and an anti-squeak glaze put on the pads).
Unfortunately these repairs did not fix the problems. Just a few days ago, a rattling noise comes in from the rear of the car. The car will go back to the dealer again in a few days but now I am crazily imaging every little whimper, bump, or noise as another test of my patience.
Don't get me wrong...the car drives and handles beautifully but I am nervous plus concerned that this is the beginning of many trips to the dealer.
Okay, thanks for listening...I just needed to get this out of my system.
#89 of 2806 arcoates and tajdog
Mar 31, 2001 (7:33 am)
Thanks for the replys and encouraging responses.
These Jags are great cars!
If only people knew what "gems" they are other luxury cars sales would plummet
For us, of course, this "secret" allows us, the enthusiasts, to buy several years back at great prices!
Thanks again for your sharing with all of us.
Mar 31, 2001 (7:45 am)
Welcome to the wonderful world of Jaguar ownership!
I mean it literally when I say WONDERFUL.
I can assure you that you will enjoy this automobile more than any other you have owned.
Now just a word of friendly advice."Hang in there!"
I have had similar expierence of annoying little nit picking problems with every car I have ever owned, both domestic and foreign, Mercedes, etc. included. There are always "bugs" to be worked out.
Consider these days and annoyances as the "shake down cruise" for your Jag.
A good responsible dealer will get to the bottom of these quirks and resolve is all in due time.
Remember,too, that this is a "pre owned vehicle" with some mileage. That means that you need to expect some "corrective maintanance".
The bottom line to remember is that when all is said and done, you will have a great car with many years of great driving experience ahead.
Let's hear how you progress.
Take the Jag out today and let the "cat run" !
#91 of 2806 JAGUAR OWNERS ---TAKE NOTICE
Mar 31, 2001 (8:11 am)
net ranger has answered a query I made to him several weeks ago. Seems as though he had "sage advice" from a "friendly old mechanic".
Now he has passed this on and it is the best advice I have seen on line.
I am copying his note and calling attention to it so that all of you don't miss it.
In fact, it would be good to print this and save it as "hard copy" and place in our glove boxes as a good reminder that regular and faithful maintance is the key to compatable ownership with these "cats".
Thanks,again, net ranger !
Happy maintance supported motoring!
to christchurch on XJ care advice by netranger4 Mar 26, 2001 (04:37 am)
Sorry I haven't been able to locate the pamphlet from the elderly Jaguar salesman. Must have given it to the new owner when I sold it. Will post the advice as I remember it. Daily: (1)Check and top up lubricant and appropriate fluid levels using Castrol products. (2)Check and top up coolant with a 50/50 mixture. This is critical, especially with 12-cyl cars. (3)Check all engine belts for proper tension with screwdriver blade. Travel should be less than 1/2 inch. (4) With car running and warm from day's driving check cooling fan for proper operation. (5) Check for any oil seepage from engine or transmission areas, especially the overhead cam covers. Wipe suspect areas and recheck next day. Check for any signs of water seepage, leaks other than A/I moisture. (6)Check external lighting, head lamps, parking and reversing lamps. (7) For carburetted cars, be sure to check the oil level in the carburetter reservoir. (This advice covers Series 1 and 2 XJ cars. I usually did this in the evening when I got home before putting the car away for the night.) Note: These cars run with extremely hot underwood temperatures so belts, hoses and vacuum lines are especially susceptible to failure with no warning. My XJ6 Series II ran virtually flawlessly for many years using this advice.
Mar 31, 2001 (9:14 am)
I have had my '01 XJR for 6 months now - and not a single problem. Not a single annoyance. It literally feels like is a carved out of a block of steel or something.
Previously, I had an XJS convertible for 5 years. And it never had a single problem. I think bringing the car in every 6 months for a look-over is what did it for me. I also guess I am lucky that the service department at my dealer is pretty good. The latter probably makes a big difference.
#93 of 2806 Jaguars and snow.
Apr 01, 2001 (9:35 am)
I have a newly leased XJ8. The Pirelli P6000 high performance tires are a disaster in any snow or light slush. Fortunately, now that April is here northern MI will get little, if any, more snow. If we do the Jag stays garaged. Next fall it gets a set of Blizzaks. I have these on a Regatta that was prone to 360's in the snow and now the car handles beautifully. Admittedly we are comparing very high performance rear-wheel with not very high performance front-wheel, but trust me Blizzaks will make a huge difference.
The car, though, is a delight. I would prefer a lights on when the engine is on feature and retain the automatic off feature. Did it by taping a black card over the back of the rear view mirror where the sensor is located.
#94 of 2806 Random Advice to litlrivr et al
Apr 01, 2001 (9:57 am)
Glad to welcome you to the select crew of JAG enthusiasts. You have chosen to enjoy motoring as no other car can quite deliver.
(1)Your tricking the auto light system is a very good one. I recommend it myself for it still retains the auto off capacity.
(2)Your expierence with Pirelli tires is one I shared. I experienced an awfully dangerous and frightening hydro-planing with a Benz. After "sailing" with no control across an interstate bridge, I immediately got rid of the tires and put on the best and latest version of the Goodyrear Aquatreads.....a great improvement and the best for all year round driving unlike Blizzerks which are for winter only. You might look into this alternative because it would give you better year road control.
(3)Take a look at the great message on service and maintance(# 89)
I forwarded from one of our on-line friends.
(4)Incidellity, I think we all would be interested in knowing how much your lease cost and what the particulars were. Many of us have considered leasing but are still undecided. Advice ?
Again, welcome to the wonderful world of Jaguar !
#95 of 2806 Jaguar maintenance
Apr 01, 2001 (12:33 pm)
Thanks for the complimentary acknowledgement on my maintenance posting. Hope to have the monthly recollections ready shortly.
#96 of 2806 Queenie617
Apr 02, 2001 (10:12 am)
Sorry to hear you're having problems. Usually a dealer will give a used Jag the "120-point" Select Warranty inspection prior to sale. Now having said that, my dealer sold me my '97 VDP with two burned out tail lights.
Two things you might want to try. 1) be very friendly to your service manager at the dealership and ask if he can look the VIN up in his database. It's possible that your car was sold and serviced by that same dealership (mine was). If so, the complete service history of the vehicle should be there. They are not supposed to disclose anything about the vehicle prior to its sale to you, but that doesn't mean the records don't exist. My Jag had 28.8K miles on it. I was about to cough up the $835 for the 30K service on it. The service manager pulled up my records and told me that it had already had a 30K mile service last November, and a second one just 2 weeks before I bought the car. It also had the Select Warranty inspection even though the car was out of the service period. You may be able to get a feel from its history whether it has had problems in the past, or if maybe it's just being persnickety.
Second, I covered my Jag with a 5-year/100,000mi warranty that pretty much covers it bumper-to-bumper with a $100 deductible per visit. Even with a coverage like this, you should only expect to pay the $100 once since you're bringing the car back for the same complaint.
Good Luck and let us know how you make out.
#97 of 2806 Queenie617 and 97vdpguy
Apr 03, 2001 (1:33 am)
The advice of #94 is right on target.
My experience is that "sugar" is better then "bitters" when it comes to dealing with service managers. If they become your friend they can do a lot to get things done, sometimes without charge. They know what extras can be done to help a good customer. For example, I have even had them install bulbs, wash the car, provide cars to drive while mine was being serviced, take the car in even without an appointment when I have driven in with "some strange sound or problem" all without charge. So get to know the service manager, stop by for a friendly "how are you" talk to him, consult him on routine Jag enthusiast "shop talk" and, thus, establish a "friend to friend" relationship. In the long run, this has and will be bound to pay off.
It is the old "Golden Rule" approach which always works..."do unto others as you would have others do unto you" !
On the second point, I am interested in what kind of warranty you bought. Was it from the dealership... official JAG... or was it from a private company. What convinced you of its merits? I am wondering, too, if they had a o deductible option. In my opinion, that is the way to go since you don't get "socked" with $100 bucks each time you make your friendly visit. Ideas?
"Listen to the Cats purr!"