2003 Jaguar XJ-Series Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Powerful supercharged V8 engine, aggressive yet seductive look, sport-tuned suspension.
  • Classic British interior might be too cramped for some people, aged chassis and structure.

The XJ8 is authentically Jaguar: big outside, small inside, filled with supple leather and lustrous wood, but somewhat outdated. Wait a year for a far more technologically advanced flagship Jaguar sedan to fill its shoes.

2003 Highlights

In its final year of production, the current-generation XJ receives two new packages. XJ8s have the option of the Sovereign Package, offered with an Alpine premium sound system and six-disc changer, heated front and rear seats, wood and leather steering wheel and gearshift knob, boxwood-inlaid walnut trim, chrome grille and splitter, chrome mirror caps and door handles and special wheels. Meanwhile the XJR can be optioned with the R1 Performance Package, which includes Brembo brakes and 18-inch modular wheels.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the Used 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series.

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4.75 out of 5 stars
XJ Sport 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)
I bought this car last summer (2011) on a whim. It had 140K miles but only cost 5K. WOW! FUN to drive. Even with 140K miles is still tight, dependable, runs great & drives oh so smooth. I am looking forward to upgrading to a 2008 or 2009 in the next year.
5 out of 5 stars
Elegant, stylish and sexy.
Joseph J. Young,06/03/2018
XJ8 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)
Only those who really know cars will buy a Jaguar XJ8. These are well thought out designs and every component seems to be carefully made...but not the cup holders. The next time you look at cars have a careful look at a Jaguar instead. You'll notice certain details like the four square jack stands that are in just in the right place and the hood ornament that tells you exactly where the front end is and the silky feel of the steering and controls and the exuberance of the V8 and the solidness of its chassis and structure and the excellent lighting. The big cat's proportions are correct in the 2003 version. Put it up on a lift and you'll notice right away that it's built like a brick. This Jaguar is the best car I've ever owned.
4.75 out of 5 stars
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XJ Sport 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)
I purchased my XJ8 used with about 34,000 miles on it, and have been extremely pleased with the XJ8 all around, performance, ride and drive, comfort and convenience, and have had no major problems with this vehicle whats so ever it still feels as solid and secure as the 1st day I drove it and was sold buy the way it drove period, and now understand what all these owners have in common and why the reviews are always so good on the 2003 XJ8.
5 out of 5 stars
2003 Vanden Plas-beautiful!
Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A)
I purchased my '03 Vanden Plas late last year and it's been wonderful. I was lucky to get it because my dealer informed me that production of the Vanden Plas has stopped for a while. I was sad to hear it because I think that the only car that can out shine the beauty of a Vanden Plas is maybe a Rolls Royce. What I couldn't believe is that these Jags are still hand assembled in England (woodwork and all.) I can't tell you how many comments I've received on my car. It's been wonderful. Classic British luxury at it's best.

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Used 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series Overview

The Used 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series is offered in the following submodels: XJ-Series Sedan, XJ-Series XJR. Available styles include XJ8 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A), Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A), XJR 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl S/C 5A), XJ Sport 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 5A), and Super V8 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl S/C 5A). Pre-owned Jaguar XJ-Series models are available with a 4.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 370 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic. The Used 2003 Jaguar XJ-Series comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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