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#67 of 95 XJ8 with rebuilt transmission
Jan 06, 2010 (3:06 pm)
My 2004 XJ8 with 30,000 miles on it has been in the dealer's service bay for nearly 6 weeks; I couldn't find an independent transmission specialist who would take it. I've been informed that the dealer installed a rebuilt non-Jaguar transmission (I think the delay was with their not being able to get the Jaguar transmission). How much should I expect to have to pay for this? And why do they tell me that the car won't be able to pass state inspection until it's been driven several hundred miles? Why do I feel I've been had.
#68 of 95 Re: XJ8 with rebuilt transmission [kjpesq]
Jan 06, 2010 (6:03 pm)
Somethings not right! Why don't you know the cost? they should have given you the estimate and got your permission before they started? a non jaguar transmission?
WOW i don't want to scare you but this seems creepy from what you said.
YOu can fit a taurus transmission in that ford engine (I think) but you should bring some reinforcements with you if you aren't mechanical and get some answers.
#69 of 95 Re: XJ8 with rebuilt transmission [kjpesq]
Jan 07, 2010 (6:05 pm)
I'm in san francisco...obviously a pretty good place to get jag service.. But I stopped using British Motors, and now use John's Jaguar in the Mission district. It's a very small jag service and repair shop, and they get it right. The owner is there...and he's a classy guy. They got my rebuilt 2000 XJ8 trans from a center in south san francisco...It's true one isn't always ready to grab..I got a bit lucky...so the work took about four days. Guaranteed for one year...doing just fine so far.
Why don't you call John up, tell him andre referred you, and ask him a couple of questions?
#70 of 95 transmission problems
Feb 28, 2010 (10:28 pm)
ok i have a 1998 xj8l... when i start my car and put it in drive it will idle like its in neutral then it jerks very hard.. and starts to go.. it will not accelerate like normal until i'm over 30mph... after that its cool... now i can stop and go with the same slowed acceleration but every time i cut off the car and restart it... it jerks into gear..
i've only had one diagnosis and they said i need to replace the transmission but i feel if its mechanical it would jerk every time i came to a stop... am i being paranoid or does it sound electrical?
please feel free to email me at itsmepierregmail.com if you have an opinion or advise...
#71 of 95 Re: transmission problems [itsmepierre]
Mar 01, 2010 (12:08 am)
The shifting mechanism can also be a problem, not engaging properly. When I needed a new trans, I also needed that assembly too. Funny, when they were done, some linkage to the drive shaft, (New part) failed...Free replacement done. How many miles on your car?
Out here in south san francisco, they rebuild transmissions, and the rebuilt ones are supposed to have some parts that do away with some plastic parts that were prone to failure. I'm very lucky to live in san francisco, whre I have about four jag shops to choose from, but have settled on John's Jaguar...very close to my house...and I get to know the mechanics, as opposed to british motors, which keeps it all upper crust and mysterious. I bit the bullet on my transmission, but then again, I bought my 2000 XJ8 for 9000. Total transmission and shifter bill was around 5 grand.(Trans is around 3000, then you add labor, etc.) I resisted the fix for a while until it hit me, that instead of buying another used car with an unknown lifespan on it's trans, I fix my car, now have $14,000 invested in it, and I'm driving a gorgeous Jag ( Titanium with black Leather, and more wood than they have in the new ones) with a brand new transmission. First thing I did was drive it to San Simeon, down the California coast for a week.
#72 of 95 Re: transmission problems [itsmepierre]
Mar 01, 2010 (5:35 am)
Once the transmission slips, its doesn't get better with time. I agree with you. its something other than transmission mechanical. If it is the clutches slipping ( replace transmission) you will eventually not be able to move after a stop. Do you have anyone you can trust to read the error codes? Does the car ever warn you of a "transmission fault" on the dash board?
#73 of 95 Re: 1995 Jaguar XJ6 transmission problem [drcures]
Mar 01, 2010 (6:30 am)
The bulbs are cheap. You have to remove, gently layers of fascia to get to the bulbs. Its a good idea to replace them all while you are in there.
#74 of 95 2000 XJ8 Intermittent Trac Not Available/Loss of Power
Mar 18, 2010 (4:18 pm)
I have a 2000 XJ8 with 60,000 miles. The car has been completely maintained by the dealer. Before this week, I have had about 10 occasions where the car would loose power and go into what people describe as limp mode. Most of the time I simply see a "Trac Not Available" message, but no amber or red transmission warning light. I usually just turn the car off, wait a minute and crank it up again. I usually don't have a recurrence for days or weeks, it's like rebooting your computer. It seems to happy on cold days. I took the car to the dealer when this first happened, but they were unable to see any diagnostic codes because there were no transmission lights or message were displayed. Then four days ago, I had to pull over six times on the way to work. This time the red transmission symbol came on and stayed on, so I took it to the Jag dealer. They say it needs a new Throttle Body and a wiring harness for $3,200. I would pay the price if I know that their diagnosis is correct. I think it's a sensor of some kind, because of how the problem comes and goes.
I have read a lot of entries on different sites and the common theme seems to be that many issues are being misdiagnosed.
Any feedback would be appreciated.
#75 of 95 Re: 2000 XJ8 Intermittent Trac Not Available/Loss of Power [keith2000xj8]
Mar 18, 2010 (4:49 pm)
My 2000 xj8 also has the traction not available light come on, and I do nothing about it, and it's fine that way. British motors in san francisco wants to charge me 2000. bucks to fix that. But I leave it alone.
I also got the limp home bit, and had to change my transmission and also some parts connecting to my shifter. No way out of it, and it happened in the high 60 thousands. A rebuilt transmission is supposed to have better internal parts...some of which were plastic, and now metal, I believe. I spent 5 grand, but now have a new trans....a good deal compared to trying to get rid of the car, and buy another used car. The ladies love the thing...I'm sorry I do not know what a throttle body is, but I recommend you call John's jaguar here in san francisco, and ask about it, and frequency of problems with the 2000 XJ8. They are great guys...and do great guaranteed work.
#76 of 95 Re: 2000 XJ8 Intermittent Trac Not Available/Loss of Power [keith2000xj8]
Mar 18, 2010 (4:52 pm)
This is my second comment...if it was just a sensor problem, your car would not go into limp mode. Try limp mode in san francisco, where the car is really in...what 2nd gear when starting...and you're going uphill...brutal.