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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series

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great but know the faults
16 of 26 people found this review helpful
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By Joseph Obuchowski
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan


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This is one of the sexiest cars on the road. I have seen other cars trying to race me, and I do not want to race , I just want to cruise and enjoy the ride. Beware when you drive this model, it is a head turner and some people get angry. At the same time some people approach me and say, wow that is a great auto, it happens. I have two 1998 Jags one black and one white, the white one is the "L" version. Do not ask me why but the stereo sound is better in the "L" version, most likely due to the added interior.


Best Features

ride, the styling of the exterior, no sedan sedan from the same year looks this good on the road. After 2003 the Jags look too much like Fords, it is a shame.


Worst Features

Transmission, it is a completely closed trans and you can not change the fluid. Both my 1998 jags failed at 11 years, which together cost over $10,000. The engineer who designed the closed trans should be terminated from employment. Jasper has redesigned the trans to have the fluid changed. 3 yr w


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Wonder car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Thom
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan


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Lucky to find a car of this quality with such low mileage. A dream to drive and gets many looks by other drivers. While the off the line performance is less dramatic than expected it accelerates quickly once in second. Road noise is fantastically quiet. Comfort is luxurious and pleasing.


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I love the fit and finish.


Worst Features

The center console needs to be redesigned as the forward latching is a bit awkward.


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A lot of car for a little cash.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By sleep2much
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan


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So many people like to put down Jaguars, the car not the cat, I would bet good money few of them have owned one or even sat in one, I know my car is knocking on the door of it's 10th year, but you couldn't tell by driving it, the interior is still pretty fresh and I like to look at the car too. I feel like I'm driving an $80,000 car, I know it's only $6000 now, but the luxury feel does not fly away as quick as the forecourt price.


Best Features

Speed when you need it, you hear the Jaguar roar. Looks great when it's just been polished.


Worst Features

Easy access to the little bulbs in the facia and window controls, it's a shame to see dead lights, you just know if you dig your screwdriver in it's going to damage something. Rear bumpers tend to come loose and it's not easy to get in to fix.


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Great Jag
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Ralph
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan


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This is a great and very classy car. Silky smooth as advertised. This is the first Jaguar I have owned and am open to a second Jag, a drop-top XK. The only precaution for shoppers of 1997-2003 XJ8 models is the requirement for timing chain tensioners at about 75000 miles. This is a spendy repair that is a must. There are update kits available. My car is drop dead gorgeous and a thrill to drive. You turn it on... it turns you on!!!


Best Features

Absolutely smooth and quiet acceleration to very fast speeds.


Worst Features

None!!!


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Always Loved the Vanden Plas
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By HOFIII
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan


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Always wanted a Vanden Plas and was finally able to purchase one and have throughly enjoyed it. No other car drives like it. The quiet smoothness and overall feel of luxury surrounds you. The Harman Kardon audio is suberb. I haven't experienced another car like this big Jag. The car has 89,500 miles and drives like new. With proper maintenance in regular intervals, I expect it to perform for years. When driving the Jag, you really feel heads above the rest and receive compliments on its appearrance on a regular basis. I just love it!


Best Features

Exterior styling in conjunction with the elegant interior appointments. The smoothness of the transmission, the quietness and the Harman Kardon audio system.


Worst Features

Not really any that haven't been addressed.


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