This car is a bargain in the used marketplace, with excellent performance and reliability. But there are a few weak areas. Make sure the plastic timing gear has been replaced with factory metal components. And, that the plastic water pump has been replaced with the factory metal unit.
Do not buy an XJ that's been through an overheat.
The ZF automatic is "sealed for life" and prone to failure over 100K miles unless thoroughly cleaned out.
Buy one of these cars only if you know of a non-dealer Jaguar speciality shop that can service it. (Check with your local Jaguar club.)
Excellent performance, classic styling, great handling for a big car. If you're a car guy, this is a thoroughbred sedan.
Superb comfort provided by the 14-way seats and multilink suspension.
Top-notch reliability and durability. At 136K miles my XJR's engine still gives 5K miles to a quart of Mobil 1.
Fuel economy is poor: 15 mpg around town and 21 at 70 mph cruise, premium gas required.
Interior space is tight if you're over 6' tall. Not much rear-seat legroom. Not a big trunk.
Not a drag racer! If you boot it frequently from a stop, the differential will fail.
If you are looking for a car that personifies elegance and style with the power and performance of a sports car, then the 2001 XJR is your ride. With almost 400 horses on my supercharged Jag, it's so much fun watching upstart Mustangs and Maximas recede in my rear view.
Plush leather seats and wood panel interior finish. V-8 super-charged engine with 385 HP. Clean stereo sound.
Front windshield fluid ejection is a little messy.