by tomeyeman on Jun 7, 2011 Vehicle: 1999 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible
I traded a 98 Porsche Boxster for a 99 Jaguar XK8 a few years ago.son I did it was to have a back seat for my kids to ride.
Unfortunately the back seat is so small only kids under 5 can fit.
No complaints. It's a sleek, nice design.
Extremely difficult to enter/exit but once inside is comfortable .
The wood interior is nice but the rest is cheap, easily breakable plastic.
The well-known cheaply-made plastic timing chain tensioners should have been replaced on all the XK under warranty.
Overall by no means a luxury car. Then again, I'm comparing it to an LS Lexus.
by remsenburg on May 5, 2011 Vehicle: 1999 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible
As someone who has owned two other Jaguars, an XJ6 and an XJ8, that were purchased new and kept for 7 or more years and 100k miles, without any problems, I was optimistic that my purchase of a 1999 XK8 in the spring of 2010 would not present any problems.
I researched the car and was aware of the timing chain issue (which I replaced immediately on purchase of the car), but I was unprepared for mysterious "check engine" light problems.
After several unsuccessful attempts by my repair shop the problem ultimately was the electronic throttle control module (a very expensive part).
After replacing the ECM - no problems.
All in all still a lot of car for the money!
by Sutzme on Apr 15, 2010 Vehicle: 1999 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible
Bought this gem used with 21K miles on it. Good thing I had an extended warranty. Plenty of electrical problem, traction control fail, antilock brake fail, convertible top lines fractured (not covered), fuel pump fail, starter fail, etc. In spite of all that, this car is just fab. It drives like a dream now that everything is fixed. She is a thing of beauty. I never get tired of starting the engine. She handles so well on the road and is great on the highway (gets 26 mpg believe it or not). These cars have lots of computer glitches. You have to get used to them. Thing you need most is a mechanic you trust who can keep your gem running smoothly. Dealerships are not always the best at this.