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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Always wanted a '98 Jaguar Vanden Plas
By HOF III on 12/01/06 06:49 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

Review

When Ford bought Jag in the mid 90s and made the improvements that had been a concern for previous Jag owners, I really got excited! I remember going to the dealership and seeing the '98 Vanden Plas in Pewter with oyster interior and thought it was the most beautiful car available at the time. I was fortunate to have some friends in the auto industry that go to auctions regularly and they came across a beauty in the Cabernet color with the oyster interior with all the options that had been immaculately cared for. I bought it from them and have had nothing but PURE enjoyment since. Rolls Royce is the only car that compares to the ride and comfort experience in my mind!
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A Good Car for the Money
By Brett on 08/08/06 07:51 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan

Review

For years, Jaguar has had a poor reputation for mechanical quality. However, in my experience, that has not been the case. I bought my 1998 Jaguar XJ8 as-is for about $11,000 with 72K miles. So far I have not had unexpected mechanichal problems, just routine work. I really enjoy the vehicle. The rapid depreciation of these vehicles, in large part due to Jaguars mechanical problems of the past, makes them very affordable for your average person. Just a couple of suggestions: 1) Buy 1998 or after- thats when electrical system was replaced by Ford, 2) Make sure to get a pre-purchase inspection, and 3) if you need to buy parts, go on ebay, since the Jaguar dealer markup is huge.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Least reliable car I ever owned
By worst car ever on 08/04/06 08:20 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan

Review

At 53,000 miles my engine failed $12,000 replacement. Jaguar offered no help, said my case was rare, but 6 mechanics said engine failures were common because of timing chain failures in engines from 1998-2002. 3 water pump failures (plastic parts). Transmission failed at 98,000. This car had 8 mechanical break downs. Maintence was $27,000. Plastic used where metal was needed.
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Not too bad
By Dirk5 on 07/31/06 13:09 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought my XJ8 in May of 2002 (44,000 miles) for $25,000 ($34,000 was average resale at that time) delivered to me from Houston wholesaler. Really no trouble at all until 110,000 miles. Brake calipers rebuilt, front end balljoints replaced, new belts and hoses (normal after 100,000 miles), new water pump, thermostat replaced. About $4,000 in repairs, however some of this is expected after 100,000 miles. The fit, finish, exterior and interior, electronics, handling, and overall reliability has been good. Super classy car that I will keep for very long time. Will put another 40,000 miles on this car and then put into the garage and buy another everyday car. This car is 8 years old and still runs and looks great.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
1998 vanden plas
By steve on 06/02/06 08:51 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

Review

My second Jaguar, and I love it even more than my first (a 1988 XJ6). The classiest, most beautiful car on the road, it handles perfectly (with the right brand of tires--Goodrich; Perelli and Michelein don't work well in wet or snow conditions) and has instant power. Extremely comfortable and fun to drive. Very comfortable for passengers front and back. Up-keep is expensive unless there is an extended warantee.
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Amazing Car
By DaveL on 09/01/05 17:31 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 L 4dr Sedan

Review

From the exterior design to the comfort and performance this car is A+++++ Just make sure you service it by a qualified mechanic and update the cooling system with a new water pump and hoses and you shouldn't have a problem. Also, buy parts ONLINE only; save you a ton of money!
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We Looooove It!
By Geoff on 05/10/05 20:57 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan

Review

I just purchase this car about four days ago, and I am already in love with it. It has such a smooth ride, and it is a very quiet car. The XJ8 is a b-e-a-u-tiful car to see and to be seen in.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
$12K In Repairs and Still Counting
By Lee on 03/25/05 00:30 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

Review

Beautiful car, great ride, wonderful handling, expensive to maintain. Between 55K and 75K miles - fuel pump, transmission, brakes, shocks, timing chain, water pump. Replaced all the plastic timing chain tension parts with new metal parts. A simple seal is $80. Same seal with my Infiniti is $15. Jag must figure if you can afford the car, then you will be willing to pay through the nose for their parts. I keep saying what else can go wrong with this car? And, something expensive always does.
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1998 xj8L
By gdb on 12/28/04 14:30 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 L 4dr Sedan

Review

Excellent car. Bought used the week of 9/11/01 and had to drive daughter 16 hours to school (no planes flying) and turn around and drive back 16 hours next day. Couldn't have survived that trip with anything less than this car. Smooth, quiet, better gas mileage than my 94 XJ6, with loads more power. Heated seats and traction control very nice on cold and/or slippery mornings. No major mechanical issues. Trunk is limited - hard to do golf bag and suitcases ...
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What a bargain.
By Ethree on 06/14/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

Review

Let's not forget the original asking price of this piece of art....and now let's be quite happy that a very nice '98 VDP (with less than 40k miles on the ticker) can be had for about 20k. Absolutely stunning. Smooth running. Took it on a 650 mile trip-- unbelievable ride. Driven Mercedes (E series) and they are not even in the same ball park as far as comfort level. Enough power to get you in trouble.
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