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Great Car
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By paperman1
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1998 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Coupe


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The feeling you get driving this car is unsurpassed by any other vehicle I have owned. It is now a 15 year old car but it still turns heads. I picked mine up from the original owner for less than 25% of the sticker price. Problems associated with this car can be remedied for a small price if you can do some of the work yourself. example: cam chain tensioners can be replaced with common hand tools for less than $250. With care and maintenance this car can last for many years to come and is a blast to drive


Favorite Features

Power, comfort, style, uniqueness


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Beautiful car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By sammy500c
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1998 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible


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I purchased as a second owner... Love the car, it's pure white with tan interior. I have to say that this car gives you a different feeling than any other. I have had many convertibles but none compare to the XK8 and performance.


Favorite Features

That you can manual shift at any given time when your battling traffic or just want to fly down the road. It hugs the road very well.


Suggested Improvements

Interior could be better put together. The quality is there, I would have just expected it to be a better built.


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Be careful
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By Michael M.
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1998 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible


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Do a web search for secondary timing chain tensioners and you'll read about what happened to my car at 58,000 miles. If I didn't have an extended warranty to pick up the tab for the month long rental car and ~$8000 worth of engine replacement work, this would've been a total nightmare instead of just a bad dream. Look elsewhere unless you want a car that will get you looks as well as get you stranded.


Favorite Features

Foglights helped with vision because headlights are too dim. Leather boot helped protect the canvas convertible top from flapping with the top down.


Suggested Improvements

Opening the driver door from within after the top gets wet resulted in water dripping from where the convertible top met the front windshield frame. This was how the car was designed and made for wet trousers/seats/floormats any time it rained. Also, the antenna looked like a flagpole.


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Love This Car!
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By Dennis L.
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1998 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible


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Even though my car is a 1998 it's a little embarrassing when people stare and point. The top is easy to operate and the car drives like a dream. I know the previous owner and aside from very minor issues the 54000 miles it has have been trouble free. It was intended to be a luxury car more than a sports car and it fills the bill perfectly. While not a "neck snapper" like my Corvettes were, the power is delivered smoothly without reserve. This will probably be the most quiet convertible you ever ride in. At the used prices today, find a nice one and live it up!


Favorite Features

Plenty of trunk room. The back seat serves well as a padded parcel shelf. The five speed automatic helps to provide me 23+ highway MPG. Harmon- Kardon stereo w/10 speakers is wonderful.


Suggested Improvements

Outside seat bolsters will wear over time.


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Wonderful Brit Ride
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By Preston
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1998 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible


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Purchased the XK8 used, after correcting a few neglected maintenance items the car drives, rides and runs excellent. I have taken several long trips of 8 hrs in a day and found comfort to exceed expectations. Fuel economy on the road exceeds 25 MPG. As a used car it is an excellent value! I've had 3 Jags in the past, this is the best including XKEs.


Favorite Features

Style is superb, interior excellent. Noise level is very low with top up. Top mechanicals work excellently, not your typical Jag of the past. Accelerates well from dead stop but not an exotic like a Maserati.


Suggested Improvements

Cup holders are real bad, knobs to adjust seats. On board telephone is a waste use the space for better features. Top booth attachments when the top is down.


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