by indiansummer on Sep 9, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
Bought this car in January of 2011 with 13k miles on it. Always wanted this model. I knew what I was getting myself into but was stubbornly optimistic. I wanted to believe Jag had improved their reliability over the years but was quickly disappointed. The performance is beyond reproach and I admit I am now spoiled with its power and plush interior. But by 20K, one of the shocks blew. By 30k, the air suspension compressor died. By 40k, another shock blew. By 45k, the car died mid-ride (thank God I wasn't on the freeway). The dreaded "engine systems fault" light illuminated. Dealer couldn't figure out the problem and it magically cured itself; promptly traded it for reliable Lexus.
by litty1 on Jul 24, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
I purchased this in 2009 with 37,000 miles. It now has 138,000 miles and runs and feels just like I remember it performing when I purchased it.
I have had to invest a minimum amount of money in the maintenance and repair to keep it running great
by orjohn on Dec 6, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
I have owned my XJ8 2004 for 3 years and I still love every time I drive this car.
It is truley a wonderful design and very well built and for me has been one light bulb reliable.
I may get another one for my family, its that good.
Price is almost too good to comprehend.
The aluminum chassis and body makes it great on gas with 28-30 on the highway. For a V8 - really? - yes it is true.
A gem of a car, now almost 10 years new...
by ferious on Jul 29, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Jaguar XJ-Series XJR 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)
well well i have driven many bmw mb lexuses and infiniti and i have now owned this xjr
for 3 mths and i must say without a doubt this is truly one of the best vehicles i have driven.i think my fellow jag lovers we should really keep this
one as our secret weapon,few cars can really hang with it.
by ruyg7 on Jul 14, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
I have never owned more than three of any brand in succesion, but my Jaguars have been an exception.
My current 2004 XJ 8 was purchased with 73000 miles 18 months ago, it now has 114000 miles on the odometer
It is the MOST dependable used car i have ever owned, except for my new Dodge trucks.
This Jaguar routinely gets 28-30 mpg at highway speeds, and 20 mpg in city driving.
It has been a dream to own, and has never let me down. The car is dead reliable, a pleasure to drive , and very quick.
The interior is very plush, and is resistant to wear and tear.
Dont believe the nay sayers about Jaguar reliability, I have owned BMW's and Mercedes cars that were a lot more problamatic than my Jaguars.
by mherbst on Mar 13, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
12k a 40k mile car was a steal. I purchased this car knowing something would break. You have to have that mindset for all Jaguars and plan accordingly. This car was below my budget for a used car, and I put my savings from the purchase into an account for future repairs. I'm now very glad I did. 1 week in and the sunroof is broken, air suspension has visible leaks, who knows what else.
Just the parts for the sunroof are $800, rear air suspension is $1500 for one shock.
If you don't mind working on a car yourself (which I don't) this is a decent buy, also for air suspension issues arnott makes better than factory suspension. 4 shocks for the price of a jag one.
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