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#83 of 95 jag gearbox fault
Nov 12, 2010 (8:12 pm)
WHen my 2000 XJ8 transmission failed..(with light).I could only drive in that lame second gear...when they (John's Jaguar in san francisco) dug in there, they said I needed to replace the gearbox...(It's been about a year and a half, so some terminology has been forgotten)
You need to first find out if a rebuilt transmission has the updated parts, like mine does...the failure of the 2000 tranny is common around 70,000 miles. A rebuilt should have newer parts that do not fail like yours does.
I bought my car for 9 grand. had 64000 miles on it. had it for a year, then spent 5 grand on parts and labor...it was a tough decision, but made sense..as selling a jag with a bad tranny is a nowhere deal, plus now having a jag with a new tranny at 75000 or so, is much better than buying a used car for five grand and dealing with that. ABS module error light happened to me...british motors wanted 2 grand to fix it. Some guy on ebay fixes the part for 60 bucks...you mail it to them....you have to find a way to cover the abs unit when you send the top half to this guy....and hope that's your problem. You also have to see if no abs computer at all in your car affects anything while it's being worked on. Ask yourjag guy to show you the abs unit...it's way up front on the driver's side....ask them to open it to show you the thing....and watch carefully....you don't want dirt getting inside there. Take a picture of it then and there, and then see if the pic on the ebay guys page looks like your part. I never followed through...I drive with the abs light on all the time.
Don't ask. I can direct you to the ebay abs guy....CAll John's Jaguar in san francisco...he's a good guy.
#84 of 95 Re: jag gearbox fault [waits]
Feb 12, 2011 (5:05 pm)
Thanks for the info. I ended up having another mechanic place a junk yard transmission that only had 50K and with labor only paid $2000. He happened to be a friend of friend so he did not charge me so much for the labor. I believe the junk yard part cost $1500. Anyhow, everything went well and I did not have any problems. Since about a month or so ago, I have noticed something else that I think might be related to transmission. Occasionally around 30 miles when I am decelerating down to 25 and then accelerating back to 30 or 35, I feel a kick in the speed as if someone hit me from the back lightly, so I am trying to determine whether this has to do with bad shifting or what ? I could not recreate the problem when I took it back to the mechanic. He indicated that I should bring it there as soon as I notice it. Again, I get this typically within each drive or every other drive and it usually happens after the first 3-5 miles and it only happens once and it goes away and nothing happens for a while or sometime after 20 minutes it might happen again. So I am not sure how to diagnose this issue. I can certainly leave the car for the mechanic, but I am wondering if you have any ideas what this symptom might be related to? Again, the car ran very well for at least 3 months or so and I have not had any issue, but this problem scares me as if it might be related to another transmission issue, but may be something else. Again my Jag is 2000 XJ8-L
Thanks for any inputs that you might have.
#85 of 95 95 XJS leaks transmission fluid
May 26, 2011 (8:20 am)
My XJS leaks transmission fluid. I took it to be checked out and was told that in addition to that problem, the engine leaks/burns oil and that the best thing to do would be to replace the engine which is not an option because I do not have the money to get that work done. At this point, the best I can do is keep my eye on the fluid levels and keep them topped off until the engine blows. I know where to check the tranny fluid but can't see where to top it off. Can you tell me where? I don't know anything abt cars so please keep it simple for me. thanks!
#86 of 95 Re: jag gearbox fault [als961]
Jul 03, 2011 (11:08 am)
I am about to buy a Jaguar 2000 XJ8. I have a few questions:
Does every single one XJ8 experience transmission failure that requires a rebuild? Should I expect to spend $3000 every 50000 miles for a rebuild? Thanks.
#87 of 95 Jaguar XJ has too many problems
Jul 03, 2011 (11:24 am)
It seems as though the XJ8 from 1998 to 2000 all of them experience transmission failures or engine failures or both, and many cases multiple recurrences.
So if I buy a $2000 XJ8 from those years now, I probably expect to get about 10000 miles of trouble free driving and after that it would be $10000+ in repair to fix problems, rebuilding transmission and rebuilding engine must be accounted for (in some cases several times)
#88 of 95 Re: jag gearbox fault [adobian1]
Jul 03, 2011 (12:21 pm)
I had a 2004 XJ8 with 32,000 miles on it (I only put 10K miles on myself) when it needed a rebuild. I've read and heard from local people that parts have been so hard to come by (Jaguar or Jaguar-approved) that the parts actually used for the rebuild may not be all that reliable. In any event, I unloaded the car, as much as I loved it.
#89 of 95 Re: Jaguar XJ has too many problems [adobian1]
Jul 04, 2011 (1:13 pm)
I have a 1995 XJ12 which I have had since '98. Over the past four years I have had it in the shop numerous times for transmission failure. Although the transmission is the original heavy duty (GM), the electronics are extensive, complicated and prone to periodic failure. Since Jag has changed hands twice since I bought the car and the company is now part of Tata motors of India I am not that optimistic about future parts availability except from the auto salvage dealers
#90 of 95 Re: XJ8 transmission and shifter not in sync [dmwill]
Jul 31, 2011 (2:23 pm)
I had the same problem with my jag. Is there a part number for the 8mm bolt or will any do?
Oct 28, 2011 (6:56 am)
I don't live anywhere near Johns Jaguar nor Calif. for that matter. I read wonderful things about Johns but hardly anyone posts WHAT THEY DID to fix the problem. Please, next time find out what the exact problem was before posting. (I'm trying to diagnose my own) Thanks.
Went to Just Answer to get a mechanics opinion about my 2000 XJ8, they billed my credit card $40 then said my email was already on file (never been on that site before) and didn't match the password-they reset the password and when I tried to use it .I got the same message. Never did get an answer but, owe Visa $40 for the 'visit'.
Mar 20, 2013 (9:08 pm)
Why did you have 20 jags in 8 years?!