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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series

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Least reliable car I ever owned
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By worst car ever
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan


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At 53,000 miles my engine failed $12,000 replacement. Jaguar offered no help, said my case was rare, but 6 mechanics said engine failures were common because of timing chain failures in engines from 1998-2002. 3 water pump failures (plastic parts). Transmission failed at 98,000. This car had 8 mechanical break downs. Maintence was $27,000. Plastic used where metal was needed.


Best Features

Interior and exterior styling. Comfort, and power.


Worst Features

Build a car that reflects its cost, develop integrity, and support owners who are likely to have problems with you cars.,


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Not too bad
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By Dirk5
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan


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I bought my XJ8 in May of 2002 (44,000 miles) for $25,000 ($34,000 was average resale at that time) delivered to me from Houston wholesaler. Really no trouble at all until 110,000 miles. Brake calipers rebuilt, front end balljoints replaced, new belts and hoses (normal after 100,000 miles), new water pump, thermostat replaced. About $4,000 in repairs, however some of this is expected after 100,000 miles. The fit, finish, exterior and interior, electronics, handling, and overall reliability has been good. Super classy car that I will keep for very long time. Will put another 40,000 miles on this car and then put into the garage and buy another everyday car. This car is 8 years old and still runs and looks great.


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Comfort, strong 300 HP when you need it, perfect electronics, overall fit and finish, sport suspension activated next to shifter, heated seats.


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1998 vanden plas
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By steve
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan


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My second Jaguar, and I love it even more than my first (a 1988 XJ6). The classiest, most beautiful car on the road, it handles perfectly (with the right brand of tires--Goodrich; Perelli and Michelein don't work well in wet or snow conditions) and has instant power. Extremely comfortable and fun to drive. Very comfortable for passengers front and back. Up-keep is expensive unless there is an extended warantee.


Best Features

Exterior body design. Comfort and power. Responsiveness in handling.


Worst Features

Change standard tires to Goodrich for safety and responsiveness. Maybe an inch higher off the ground (front bumper sometimes hits six-inch barriers in parking lots).


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Amazing Car
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By DaveL
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 L 4dr Sedan


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From the exterior design to the comfort and performance this car is A+++++ Just make sure you service it by a qualified mechanic and update the cooling system with a new water pump and hoses and you shouldn't have a problem. Also, buy parts ONLINE only; save you a ton of money!


Best Features

Everything!


Worst Features

Dealer prices for everything. More reasonable and more people would get their cars serviced and repaired at them.


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We Looooove It!
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By Geoff
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1998 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 4dr Sedan


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I just purchase this car about four days ago, and I am already in love with it. It has such a smooth ride, and it is a very quiet car. The XJ8 is a b-e-a-u-tiful car to see and to be seen in.


Best Features

the design


Worst Features

it should have a CD player in the dash


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