Luxury & styling #1, reliability OK
By Alan B on
2006 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
Drives great, very luxurious experience, especially on the inside. Wife's favorite car. But understand you are buying the beauty and ride, not reliability or longevity. After 24 months had 3 recall/warranty items - didn't cost us a thing and Jag service was great! Nevertheless never had those issues with my BMWs, MBs, or even my Escalade. A fourth item, we paid $700 for rear brake pads/disks due to defective electronic parking brake no releasing fully (not covered). All this in 24 mo. If you love the car, recommend short lease 24-36 mo so you get it new. If you're buying for the long term/holding onto, I'd rec'd something else. But, we'll still get another one!
Wood trim, leather, chrome wheels, solid/soft/quiet ride. Solid feel. Unique classic look of exterior. Smooth acceleration and torque. Prefered XJ8 over the supercharged model because essence of XJ is its smooth, soft luxurious ride--the stiffened/louder supercharged version took away from that.
Keep improving the long term reliability, Jag has come along way but still fairly far behind BMW, Lexus. No big deal for the leasing people, fine when new, but won't want the hassle of repairs as car gets older, especially when they are no longer covered by manufacturer.