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Champagne motoring for fish 'n chips money.
30 of 30 people found this review helpful
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By rick161
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1999 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Coupe


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My '99 XK8 convertible is my dream car, after 40 years of Jags, BMWs, Mercedes, etc. The key to happy motoring with these cars is 1) inform yourself about the issues, mainly the 4.0 liter's needs re upgraded timing chains, tensioners & water pump, and 2) have a local Jaguar specialist (not dealer) who can bring them up to standard & maintain them there. My XK8 cost me $5800 in 2015 with perfect body & interior, no accidents and with the engine upgrades already done & top hydraulic lines replaced. After new tires, shocks, motor mounts, front brakes, mass airflow meter, valve cover gaskets, plugs & filters, she now runs & drives like new for a total all-in price of $11k. I couldn't be happier.

UPDATE: 15 months into ownership of my '99, I've spent very little on the car except for oil & gas. Classic/specialty auto insurance (Hagerty) has reduced the cost of comprehensive insurance to less than $400 annually on an agreed value of $15k. Costs since the initial review have been limited to a new Jaguar ignition coil ($128) & repainting the front & rear bumpers (approx. $600), a project I intended since purchase. Over the years, the paint had worn, w. tiny hairline cracks because of the plastic surface of the bumpers. I didn't cheap out on the bumper repaint, but had them refinished correctly; the plastic bumper covers used by Jag & other makes in the late 90's/early 2000's aren't the easiest to repair/repaint. That said, there have been no other costs; everything works great on the car & it runs & drives beautifully.

I still marvel at how much car you get with the XK8, compared with much more expensive grand tourers like the Aston Martin DB7 and Porsche 911. It took nearly 20 years for the XK8's predecessor, the XJS, to begin to appreciate in value, so you can reasonably expect XK8 values to start climbing in a few more years. In the meantime, buy the best accident-free XK8 you can afford, have a local Jaguar specialist maintain/service it, and just take care of it like you should. Great value, great motoring, great experience.


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So-So car
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By tomeyeman
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1999 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible


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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.

Exterior:
No complaints. It's a sleek, nice design.

Interior:
Extremely difficult to enter/exit but once inside is comfortable .
The wood interior is nice but the rest is cheap, easily breakable plastic.

Mechanical:
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.


Best Features

Appearance.


Worst Features

Needs a self covering convertible top. Shouldn't have to get out of a $70,000 car to manually cover the retracted top.


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Great value, but requires some patience....
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By remsenburg
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1999 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible


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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!


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Smooth ride, good all around performance, great lines and quality.


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Worth the headaches
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By Sutzme
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1999 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible


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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.


Best Features

I love the convertible top. That's the whole reason you would buy this car. You need to drive with the top down AND the boot cover ON. This keeps everything clean. It is not a big deal to put it on. Yeah, it's not as slick as other models, but that was the way it was in 1999. HK stereo is awesome.


Worst Features

It is a classic car. It is what it is. Buy one because you love it. I plan to keep this one forever. People offer me money for it all the time. Plastic parts do wear out after 10 years so be prepared to replace them (cup holder and sun visor makeup mirror).


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Great bang for your buck
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By allen/kym
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1999 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 2dr Convertible


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I just bought my Jag Xk8 convertible a few months ago. It is black on black with chrome wheels. The car gets plenty of looks. People cannot tell what year or what I paid for this baby. The car is beautiful to look at in motion or while sitting still. Under the hood is a monster. the car has power the run a quarter mile when needed. In short, just buy it. You treat the car good, and she'll treat you real nice.


Best Features

Timeless look, comfortable ride, and great handling.


Worst Features

Deeper sounding exhaust.


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