Here's Some Buying Help...
By Golf Guy on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Best luxury value ever. Grace. Space. Pace."
Cons: "Service costs on par with other luxury brands."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"So, I just bought my second XJ8, a 2004 with 28,000 original miles (not bad for a 10 year old car). I had one previously that was a dream and just had to get my hands on another low miles beauty. Now, before you buy know that the car comes in basically four models, the XJ8, XJ8L, XJ8 Vanden Plas, and XJR (turbo). The XJ8L came out in 2005 and it along with the Vanden Plas is 5 inches longer. I own the 2004 XJ8 with the 200" length. Any basic XJ comes with so many convenience/luxury options it should please you to no end. If you want to upgrade you can get upgraded sound with CD stacker, heated seats, Xenon headlights, and 18 or 19 inch factory wheels. Oh, and they also made a DVD player with screens in the front seat headrests. Truthfully, ANY configuration will delight you. Check out service intervals to get an idea of maintenance costs...basically all you do is change the oil, etc. until around 100k miles when you're going to spend appx. $2000 at an independent repair shop for a big service job (much more at a Jaguar dealer!). So beware, 100,000 miles is a big deal for service expense. For economy you will get appx. 27 mpg in highway driving...I just drove a 1000 mile trip and mileage was 27.2 at 73 mph. Now here's a BIG important tip: When you buy one of these cars you should have the tranmission re-programmed so it will adjust to your driving style and preferences. It will cost about $300 to get this done but it's the best $300 you will spend to get full enjoyment from the car. Thing is, when you buy one used it's got the previous owner's settings and to compare it would be like buying an adult dog and having to retrain it to mind your commands. So go ahead and reprogram the transmission. All in all, you can buy a really nice used XJ8 for about 20% of what it cost new and they are such beautiful autos (Road and Track called it the most beautiful sedan in the world) that you will never tire of its looks and the compliments you WILL get almost every time you gas up or show up somewhere. These cars are at the bottom of their depreciation cycle and based on their reliability, looks, and performance they are probably the BEST value in a used luxury car anywhere on the planet. Be thankful you live in the good old USA and can afford to pamper yourself in the British luxury only Jaguar can offer. And one final thought...don't you think a snarling wild jungle cat on the hood is soooo much hotter than a peace sign? Hope this info helps..."
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